Bathroom furniture not only provides a stylish and practical storage solution, it also offers a great way to add colour to your bathroom. A splash of colour adds personality and interest, and lifts a plain scheme, creating a fresh new look. You could choose a bold colour for a touch of drama or go for something subtle for a laid-back look. So, if you’re bored of the way your bathroom looks but not quite sure how to jazz it up, then our guide on choosing a colour for bathroom furniture is sure to give you plenty of inspiration and your bathroom a boost.
How do I decide on a colour for bathroom furniture?
Deciding on a colour for your bathroom furniture is not as easy as you may think, as there’s a few things you need to take into consideration first.
Your choice of colour for bathroom furniture will mainly be decided by the overall colour scheme of your bathroom. So, you will need to figure out which colours work well together. Using a colour wheel or chart will help you to see how different colours complement each other.
Taking your time choosing a colour will ensure you get it right first time and that you won’t have any regrets.
What bathroom furniture colours are available?
Bathroom furniture comes in many colours such as black, grey, red and blue, as well as finishes including matt, gloss and wood effect textures. So, there’s something to suit every bathroom design requirement, whether you want to create a fun family bathroom space with bold colours or achieve a relaxed vintage vibe with pastels.
Grey bathroom furniture has become an increasingly popular choice for creating a sophisticated yet understated look, and it works equally well in modern and traditional bathrooms, small or large. As grey bathrooms have risen in popularity, it means there’s now more grey bathroom products available than ever before.
Grey furniture, such as the Milano Oxley range, will smarten up any bathroom and create an on-trend look. The Oxley grey furniture collection features a matt finish and clean lines, and includes vanity units in a choice of sizes, as well as a matching WC unit, storage unit and mirror for a coordinated bathroom.
Grey works well with bright colours such as pink, blue and yellow, or you could continue the grey theme and combine different shades with an anthracite heated towel rail or designer radiator, slate effect shower tray, tiles and accessories.
Furniture in a pure white finish is another popular bathroom furniture colour. White creates a clean, bright look and is a future-proof option, which means your bathroom won’t look dated five years down the line.
White bathroom furniture comes in gloss and matt finishes. A glossy finish will bounce the light around, helping to enhance a sense of space in a small bathroom, while a matt finish is perfect for creating a contemporary look. It’s easy to introduce splashes of colour to your bathroom if you have opted for white furniture. Combine with bright colours for a vibrant theme or go neutral for a sense of calm and relaxation. You really can’t go wrong with white bathroom furniture.
Wood effect finishes such as oak and walnut are a great option for creating a natural feel and a look that will stand the test of time. Oak bathroom furniture comes in modern and classic styles to suit any home.
Dark wood finishes are ideal for adding luxury style to a bathroom and can make a real statement when paired with a lighter colour. Dark wood furniture is better suited to a larger bathroom, and can look overpowering in a small space, so just bear this in mind when choosing a wood effect finish.
If you want to bring drama to your bathroom, then black furniture is the way to go. A great way to make a statement, black furniture creates a high-end designer look and adds wow factor to the bathroom. Combine with white tiles and accessories for a classic combination or add a splash of hot pink for a pop of bold colour. Black can easily overpower a small space, so if you opt for a black vanity unit, it’s a good idea to keep the rest of the bathroom light. Take the look one step further with a black gloss designer radiator and black shower door for extra wow factor.
Not everyone likes the idea of using a bold, dramatic colour in the bathroom, so why not choose a neutral colour instead and create a sense of calm and relaxation? Cream or ivory bathroom furniture is a great option for adding timeless elegance to any space. The collection includes vanity units in a range of sizes, storage unit and WC unit.
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Pastel shades are perfect for country or vintage style bathrooms, and an ideal choice if neutral tones don’t offer enough of a contrast. Look for furniture in pale greens, blues and even pinks to create a relaxed, pared-down vibe.
If you’re using a pale shade, it’s a good idea to keep the rest of the bathroom and the accessories light. Consider adding interest by using textures such as natural wood and wicker baskets.
Bold and bright
Furniture in a bold colour will inject a sense of fun into a family bathroom, or it can be used to add drama and depth. A red vanity unit is a striking option, but can appear stark when combined with white, so tone it down by introducing dark neutrals. Colours with the same depth work well together, so just bear this in mind when using bold tones in the bathroom.
Green bathroom furniture and white tiles is a fresh and crisp colour combination. You could enhance this look further with wooden accessories and plants for a natural feel. Or why not go coastal with bright blue furniture and seaside inspired accessories?
Need some more colour inspiration? According to Elle Decoration, moss green is one of the hottest bathroom trends this season, and it works well when teamed with copper or brass.
Or how about Pantone Colour of the Year – Ultra Violet? This colour adds spice and brightness to a space and makes a statement in modern and traditional bathrooms. Find out more ways to incorporate this colour into your bathroom in our Pantone Colour of the Year 2018 blog.
Can you paint bathroom furniture?
Yes, you can paint bathroom furniture, just as long you choose the right kind of paint. Painting existing furniture pieces such as a vanity unit, is a simple yet cost-effective way to update your bathroom, and it allows you to create a more personal look.
When choosing paint for bathroom furniture, make sure that it will withstand splashes of water. Oil-based paint, rather than water-based, in gloss, satinwood or eggshell will work well.
Tips for painting a vanity unit:
- Choose a paint colour that works well with the colour scheme of your bathroom. It’s a good idea to test the colour first on a small area to make sure you are happy with your choice.
- Once you’re happy with the colour, prepare the surface of the vanity unit by sanding and priming it.
- Buy a high-quality paint and make sure to follow the instructions on the paint tin to ensure the best possible results.
- Why not change the handles on your vanity unit to complete the look of your newly painted vanity unit?
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Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!