Beyond Basic White: 5 Fresh Bathroom Colors to Try in 2017

After years of all-white bathrooms dominating the design world, we’re finally shedding the tired trend of the past and embracing a new era of color options. Think brilliant blues, earthy greens and dramatic blacks — shades that have staying power while making a fresh statement.

Ready to take your bathroom beyond the basic white design? Here are five new shades that make 2017 look amazing.


  1. Powder Blue

With a renewed focus on rest and wellness, it makes sense that powder blue is 2017’s go-to hue. Its light and airy nature evokes thoughts of a warm spring day, and so it brings peace and serenity into a space. With this soft shade on the walls, daily routines will feel less stressful and an evening soak in the tub more enjoyable.

Our advice? Lift your bathroom and your spirits with a powder-blue vanity, like the piece above from designer Justine Sterling. When paired with marble countertops and cotton linens, this hue has a heavenly effect on the whole room.

beyond basic white blue

  1. Saturated Green

Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Once the Pantone Color Institute named Greenery their 2017 Color of the Year, saturated greens started springing up everywhere — and we’re not upset about it. Not only does this spry shade bring out the best in neutrals, but it’s also bright and full of visual interest. 

This year, follow GB Architecture above and revive your master bath with a jade green stall shower. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, brighten your powder room with a Kelly green mirror and vanity combination, like this statement set by Judith Balis.

beyond basic white green

  1. Jewel Tones

Jewel tones, in contrast, are full of drama, demanding to be a room’s focal point. After years of unassuming white-on-white designs, we love how these confident colors shake up the bathroom scene for 2017. 

This year, treat yourself to unapologetic glitz and glamour. Paint the walls turquoise and pair them with metallic accents, or choose wallpaper that boasts every gem from ruby to amethyst, like this powder room by designer Kimberlee Gorslin.

beyond basic jewel tone

  1. Golden Yellow

In letting go of tired trends, we’re learning to reinvent ourselves — and golden yellow is here to help. Versatile in nature, this sunny shade adapts to your design, adding soft energy to some spaces and outright adventure to others. 

For a subtle splash of color, take note from Red Egg Design Group above and enliven a neutral backsplash with hints of golden yellow. Or, if you’d prefer a more daring look, turn an accent wall into a show-stopping feature with golden yellow subway tile. 

beyond basic yellow

  1. Matte Black

So, which shade is generating the most talk this year? Hands down, the answer is matte black. Simultaneously sophisticated and subversive, this edgy hue offers intrigue without being too heavy for the room. 

For your own fashion-forward look, pair matte black walls with a white vanity and tub like designer Shannon Wilkins above. Or, try a new color-blocking technique inspired by Decor Aid, with a layer of matte black accentuated by white subway tile.

beyond basic matte black

By: Katie Friedman


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