You may have purchased an existing home with someone else's colour scheme in place, or perhaps you would like to redecorate your current bathroom without replacing its tile or fixtures. Do not let any combination of blue, grey and black intimidate you. Whether you would like to add warmth or retain a cool or neutral palette, these tones are more versatile than you may imagine.
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If black dominates your bathroom space, such as in both floor and wall tiles, consider either a streamlined masculine decor -- appreciated in a man's bath -- or all-out Hollywood glam. For a man's space, keep towels and mats grey or black and white. Use metal countertop accessories and allow any blue in the room to be the accent hue. Or emphasise the blue -- especially if it is his favourite colour -- with additional blue accents.
For feminine Hollywood glamour, select richly embellished white or off-white towels, mats and shower curtain. Display crystal, porcelain and silver accessories on the countertop.
If black is only an accent, build upon the grey or blue. Add a neutral -- white, cream, beige or taupe -- and accessorise for either a contemporary or cottage look.
From lemon to sunflower, warm yellows add light and life to a bathroom where blue, grey and black reign. Cheery yellows are appreciated by both children and adults, and a little yellow goes a long way. Repainting walls and adding yellow towels and mats may be all that is needed. A strong combination of black and yellow have a reputation for sophistication in fashion apparel and can lend the same atmosphere to a master bathroom. Yellow combined with a lot of blue is reminiscent of sunny summer days and is ideal for a child's bath. A combination of grey and yellow appeals to teenagers and young adults.
If blue dominates, particularly in permanent fixtures such as porcelain or tile, add more blue. Instead of trying to match the existing blue, mix it up with a range of blues. You may find a patterned shower curtain containing several blues that are also available in towels, mats and accessories. Consider painting the cabinets blue. Remember to view any blue paint swatch against any grey in the room to see whether it makes the grey look dull or dingy. Use white, ivory or grey to break up large areas of blue and allow the eye to rest.
Nothing complements black and grey quite like red, as demonstrated each day in both men's and women's clothing. Reds include deep pink, burnt orange, deep burgundy and bright berry colours. The best way to select a red for a bathroom is to hold a sample of it next to the other colours in the room and observe how they react against one another. Any red is likely to work well with black, but some reds will look better with some greys and blues than others. Red is an ideal accent colour if you wish to energise a room and the people who use it. Reds are appropriately used in many styles of decorating, from Asian to Victorian.
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