Wall-to-wall white and chrome is the default aesthetic for many bathrooms. While white might tick boxes for looking clean, and being practical and hygienic, where’s the personality? Thankfully, more colour in the bathroom is on the up, and we’re not just talking a lick of paint, but brightly hued basins, baths and taps, too.
Helen Jones, a designer at bathroom design company Ripples, says that bold colours were a very prominent feature at the huge annual bathroom trade fair ISH in Frankfurt.
“We’re seeing lots of bright, primary colours as well as deep, moody tones.” Leanne Robey, senior designer at Ripples, adds that “pastel colours and muted earthy tones are increasingly popular. Think ice-cream pink or forest green on everything from basins to brassware and furniture”.
ISH is where brands show tomorrow’s big trends, but Ripples is already meeting customer demand for brighter bathrooms by introducing coloured shower trays and cast-cement basins, products that until recently had been hard to find in anything but neutrals.
Victoria + Albert Baths recently expanded its colour range from oh-so-safe black, white and grey to embrace a kaleidoscope of 194 shades, so if you’ve ever fancied bathing in a sunshine-yellow or bubblegum-pink tub, it’s now within reach; a matt or gloss finish adds further choice. The colours correspond to the RAL official standard, a colour matching system, so you can get a close copy of a specific shade (say, to chime in with some tiles).