You may think that grey bathrooms are just another passing trend, but grey has been a popular choice for the past few years and it shows no sign of fading.
Not too bold and definitely not boring, grey is a classic choice for interiors because of its verstility and ability to be paired with a range of other colours – and with so many shades to take your pick from, there’s something to suit all tastes, from pale marble to dark slate.
Grey helps to create a sense of calm, which is how the bathroom should feel, and it coordinates perfectly with bright colours such as pink. Grey is not just a stylish option, it’s really practical too, making it perfect for bathrooms.
So, if you love the grey bathroom trend, but not quite sure how to achieve this look, our style guide is sure to give you all the inspiration and ideas you need.
On-trend grey bathroom furniture
Grey bathroom furniture is so on-trend right now and it’s a great option for creating a chic and sophisticated look. It’s an alternative to a white glossy finish and can be combined with other colours such as pale pink for a stunning bathroom look. If you’re after a grey vanity unit, the Milano Oxley, Linley and Edgworth collections are perfect.
The Oxley grey bathroom furniture collection features clean lines, minimal design and a matt grey finish. The grey vanity units are available in a range of sizes and come with an inset or countertop basin. There’s even an optional LED light that fits just underneath where the drawer opens. The LED light illuminates drawer contents and adds a touch of designer style. The Oxley collection also includes a WC unit, wall mounted storage cupboard and mirror for a fully coordinated look.
The Linley collection is similar in design to the Oxley furniture but features wood grain effect finish. The vanity units come in various sizes and there’s a matching mirror cabinet to complete the look.
If traditional is more your style, then you’ll love the Milano Edgworth grey bathroom furniture range. This includes a choice of floor standing vanity units in a dark grey finish with a granite marble-effect top with white ceramic basin. There’s a matching cupboard for extra storage space and a WC unit to complete the look.
Make a feature of the bath
One quick and easy way to incorporate grey into your bathroom is to fit a grey panel to your bath. This will also instantly update the space without too much of an effort. Baths come in a wide range of sizes, so make sure to measure yours accurately when choosing a grey bath panel. You may also require an end panel if your bath isn’t fitted between two walls.
A matching grey bath panel and vanity unit is perfect for creating a coordinated look across your bathroom and helps to bring everything together.
Fit a grey slate effect shower tray
A grey shower tray with a slate effect finish provides a great alternative to a basic white tray. Perfect for adding a natural feel and a touch of spa-like style to your bathroom, the Milano light grey slate effect shower trays come in a range of shapes and sizes to suit any space. They measure just 30mm high for a neat, streamlined look and weigh 50% less than a standard stone resin tray, ensuring easier and safer handling during installation. If you would prefer a darker shade, the graphite slate effect trays are a good option. All are made from SMC (sheet moulding compound), which is a ready to mould glass-fibre reinforced polyester. This results in a lightweight yet extremely durable construction.
Keep towels toasty warm with a grey heated towel rail
Anthracite or dark grey heated towel rails will enhance any grey bathroom perfectly. They provide an alternative to chrome or white and look super stylish. At BigBathroomShop, there’s a great range of anthracite heated towel rails to choose from. They come in various styles and sizes, with each one providing an attractive and practical way to keep your towels toasty warm. There’s also electric heated towel rails available, which means you can enjoy warm, dry towels all year round without the use of the central heating system. You may also want to install underfloor heating in addition to a heated towel rail to ensure your bathroom feel warm and inviting during the cold winter months.
You could of course make a statement with an anthracite designer radiator or column radiator. The Milano Windsor cast-iron style column radiators feature a dark grey finish. They look wonderful in a traditional bathroom and can also work well in a contemporary setting too. There’s horizontal and vertical designs to choose from and a huge range of sizes. For something more modern, the popular Milano Aruba anthracite designer radiators make a fantastic choice for any grey bathroom.
Grey bathroom tiles
Grey bathroom tiles come in many shades to suit any bathroom design requirement. There’s also a variety of designs and finishes available too such as metro tiles and stone effects. Choose pale grey for a bright and airy feel, or go dark for a luxury look. You could even create a feature wall by combining two contrasting shades of grey tile.
To enhance a sense of space, go for glossy grey tiles, or for an interesting contrast, opt for white tiles but use grey tile grout.
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Grey bathroom paint
Paint is one of the easiest ways to add grey to your bathroom, and it will transform the space in an instant. To make other colours stand out, paint the walls a dark slate grey. If you don’t fancy painting all the bathroom walls, limit the grey to a single wall.
If you have tongue and groove cladding, why not paint in a shade of grey for a quick and easy bathroom update?
Paint isn’t the only way to add grey to your bathroom, you could choose tiles or wallpaper with a graphic print instead. If you have a small bathroom, pattern provides a great way to make a statement and add impact.
If you have a small bathroom, it doesn’t mean that you have to shy away from bold prints. You could limit the pattern to just one wall or the floor, but if you’re feeling brave enough, why not use a contrasting design on both the floor and walls?
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Dark grey can feel soothing, which makes it ideal for creating a relaxing space, but to enhance it further, why not introduce a pop of colour such as yellow or pink?
A bright accent colour really stands out against dark grey, and can easily be added to the bathroom with towels, bath mats, art and accessories.
Colours that work well with grey include:
Dark grey can look a little stark when teamed with plain white fixtures, so try pairing it with pale marble instead for a more subtle effect. If real marble is out of your price range, you could limit it to just the basin or opt for marble-effect porcelain tiles. Marble accessories are another option too. For a more opulent effect, choose gold fittings instead of the usual chrome.
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Grey bathroom accessories
If you’re a bit worried about going all out and using paint or tiles to add grey to your bathroom, then why not use grey bathroom accessories, candles, towels and bath mats instead? This way, you can easily see how grey would work in your bathroom without making major changes, which can be hard to put right if you decide you’re not keen.
Accessory sets such as the Seville grey bathroom accessory set, available from Amara.com, are perfect for adding contemporary style to your bathroom. The accessories feature a cool grey gloss finish and are made from durable polyresin. Add some grey bathroom towels to enhance the look, we especially love the Marble effect towels by Moeve for a touch of luxury.
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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!