How to choose the colour for your bathroom, considering trends and architectural constraints

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Bathroom colour: how do you choose the right combinations? - 1

Design a colourful, characterful bathroom with the infinite style options provided by Marazzi porcelain stoneware tiles

The first phases in the creative process of designing a new bathroom include collecting inspirations and trends to help you to choose the room’s colour scheme. The very first step in this design process should always be the creation of a moodboard, a sort of virtual or tangible collage that summarises the colour shades and finishes to be used in the bathroom. This moodboard will in turn be inspired by an interior design style or inputs from the customers themselves.

Bathroom colour ideas: from moodboard to choice of colour scheme

So choosing the colours for a modern bathroom is by no means quick and easy. They must satisfy individual tastes and requirements, of course, but trends and architectural constraints cannot be forgotten.

What does this mean? For example, that the choice of colours for a small bathroom will be different from the shades for a room of larger size. Or that the criteria for setting the colour scheme for a windowless bathroom will be different from those used to design the colours of a bathroom with plenty of natural light. Colour can also be used as a visual trick to change the way a room is perceived, modifying its apparent proportions or height, or masking any structural defects.

So once a bathroom’s architectural design has been decided, other factors must be chosen, including:

  • the colours of the walls;
  • the colours of the floors;
  • the colours of the furnishings and the metal fittings (accessories, taps).


The bathroom’s colour is therefore the combination of the materials and shades chosen for all its features.

And coverings are certainly amongst the materials with the greatest influence on the end result: the bathroom’s tiles are thus a fundamental factor in the creation of its chromatic personality.

The main options could be summarised as follows:

  • choosing neutral tiles to form a minimalist background against which furnishings and fittings stand out;
  • choosing tiles that make a strong aesthetic statement, for use with more neutral furnishings.


Modern bathroom colours: neutral shades or mix & match of hues?

The bathroom’s combination of colours has to be decided in the design phase, when its style is defined. Basically, the sequence is:

  1. Design: the stylistic mood is chosen;
  2. Moodboard: the colour scheme is selected;
  3. Product selection: the coverings and furnishings that meet the design requirements are sourced.

Eclectic, minimalist, contemporary: a bathroom’s character changes with the colour of its tiles

Coverings, in this specific case bathroom tiles, are a fundamental finishing and stylistic feature for defining the “look” of the room and shaping its style. A few examples to give you some inputs?


Mix & match of textures and patterns for a timeless bathroom: colour is back in fashion, in interior designs and coverings. In solid colour or as decoration, it offers infinite creative opportunities for personalising a bathroom with a forceful character. There are no limits to the most original compositional solutions, mixing sizes, patterns, colours and material effects.


Colour total look for the minimalist bathroom: less is more, minimalism is becoming a more and more popular trend. Large sizes in solid colours, joints of minimal width and neutral colours such as beige, grey, greige and intermediate shades are ideal for creating interiors in understated good taste with a refined appearance.


The colour of marbles for a bathroom of eternal charm: marble effect porcelain stoneware tiles are an elegant interior design choice, for an exquisite bathroom furnished with convenient surfaces, suitable for contemporary lifestyles.


The many shades of stone for the contemporary bathroom: stone effect coverings can give the room a neutral colour, but one enriched with vein patterns and grainy textures, that generate a warm but not overly traditional style.


Terracotta and concrete effects for bathrooms with an industrial and vintage mood: the tactile terracotta and concrete look is a versatile choice because it combines these surfaces’ typical texture with colour that varies in intensity depending on the collections. From solid colours to cement tiles, the end result can be completely different: the colour scheme will be fundamental in deciding the overall style.