Color ideas for gray & black bathrooms

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Color ideas for gray & black bathrooms
Pastel colours complement a black or dark grey room well. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Gray and black are ideal foundation colours for the bathroom, since it's easy to add pops of colour through small furniture pieces or floral arrangements to complement these dark but neutral hues. Several shades work well in a black and grey bathroom, and can choose bold or subdued colours depending on your decorative personality.

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Neon Colors

Neon shades like lime green or hot pink look great in bathrooms where the main colour is light or medium grey; the modest shade of grey will make the eye-catching hues stand out even more. Adding a stripe of neon colour to a grey accent wall is a simple but noticeable room addition, and won't be too overwhelming on a small bathroom wall. A grey basket filled with neon pink or orange towels is an impressive and vibrant addition to the bathroom space. Electric blue complements medium and dark shades of grey as well; a blue vanity, or bright blue curtains against a charcoal grey wall adds a sophisticated and energising burst of colour to the bathroom.

Jewel Tones

Mid to dark grey bathrooms accented with jewel tones like aubergine, turquoise and ruby red are both lively and relaxing. A velvet cushion for the vanity in one of these shades is striking in a grey bathroom, and jewel-toned blinds will stand out against neutral-coloured walls as well. Decorative accents like deep purple light fixtures to match dark grey area rugs, or dishes of ruby red potpourri positioned next to small silver lamps or grey candles on the bathroom counter are direct ways to pair the colours together. A shower curtain that features one or more jewel tones will make the bathroom come alive.


Pastels are a sound decorative choice for black bathrooms, as they are a direct contrast against the darkest colour. Soft pink and black are always a winning combination; a pink flower arrangement on a black bathroom counter, or pink blinds with black curtains is chic and demure.

Light yellow and black also combine to create a visually appealing bathroom space; an arrangement of yellow towels in a pastel shade on a silver towel rack will actually stand out when it's positioned against a black bathroom wall.

Artwork in pastel shades will complete the look of the space, like paintings of light pink roses or tulips or pastel blue hydrangeas in silver or black frames on the accent wall in the bathroom.

Primary Colors

Bathrooms where both black and grey are the main colour scheme will be much more vibrant when you add primary colours. The medium-bright shades of red, blue and yellow that most people associate with primary hues can be incorporated into the bathroom area if you choose one of these shades for the wall panelling, or bring a small chaise into the bathroom that is cherry red or lemon yellow.

A blue lamp for the corner or blue light fixtures are impressive bathroom features that will give the area a soft blue glow when you turn the lights on. You can also paint the linen closet door blue or red to bring more attention-getting colour into the bathroom. Artwork on the walls featuring red, yellow, or blue shapes set in silver frames on the bathroom walls is a nod to childlike decor with added sophistication.

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