Cool, calming and synonymous watery landscapes, blue and gray make a perfect paring for a wash space color scheme. Bathrooms are a big investment and, once installed, can be hard to change, so it's no wonder that decorating with neutrals like gray and white is popular, as it's a palette guaranteed to stand the test of time. With paint, tiles and furniture available in such a wide array of blue and gray tones, from light to dark, there's huge scope for creating all sorts of looks. Alternatively, bolder hues like turquoise and teal through to indigo and navy, and deeper steel grays would bring a more dramatic and mysterious look, perfect if you want a bathroom with impact. Farrow & Ball's gray-blue De Nimes shade, together with a deep bluey charcoal, provided the perfect sophisticated palette for this luxury bathroom designed by Finkernagel Ross and featuring a Bute bath and fittings by Drummonds. To prevent the space feeling cold, and to add a touch of glamour, the designers fitted bespoke cabinets with brass and reeded detailing.
The gray-blue color scheme is warmly contrasted by a rich wooden floor, and gleaming brass fittings,' says James Lentaigne, creative director of Drummonds (opens in new tab). 'Our Bute bath in a painted finish forms the centrepiece of the space, whilst the bespoke vanities on either side provide a sense of symmetry.'
Here, the addition of painted bathroom paneling not only provides a practical and wipeable surface, but visually it helps balance the ornate pattern.
To give these spaces a grounding feature and an element of fun, try painting a vanity in a contrasting shade such as a deep navy.
'When choosing a color for your bathroom vanity unit, consider the atmosphere you are looking to create, a smart gray such as ‘Urbane Gray’ will deliver an elegant finish against white ceramics and chrome taps, whilst the inky blue, Basalt pairs beautifully with ‘Gauze’ and ‘Gauze Dark’ for a contrasting scheme,' says Ruth Mottershead, creative director of Little Greene (opens in new tab). 'If you’re looking to add a bold highlight color, consider a fresh golden yellow such as ‘Giallo‘ or a deep teal blue tone such as ‘Canton’ which pairs beautifully with bright whites.’
'Further warming touches come through the use of brushed metallics in copper which is rich and works so well alongside the gray and blue color scheme.' Neutral bathroom ideas are easy to live with and have enduring appeal, but careful consideration should be taken at design stage to ensure they have depth and interest.
Painting walls in a deep gray will bring a sense of glamour and sophistication and offers a blank canvas to play with all sort of accent colors. Featuring a myriad of delicate blue tones this Wilhelmina wallpaper by Morris & Co (opens in new tab) brings heritage style into the home and is beautifully balanced by a bath in a mid-tone gray.
The mid-blue paintwork draws attention to the unusual curved bespoke joinery which contrasts beautifully with the gray veined marble surfaces. For those looking for a bathroom with luxury spa-like feel, a roll top is a must have, and, with many companies offering painted exteriors of your choice, they can be a great way to create a focal point.
Conjuring coastal scenes and watery landscapes, blue and gray make fitting colors for a wash space and are a lovely way to bring the beauty and nurturing powers of nature into the home. Being a neutral tone, gray partners with most colors and won't go out of style, this makes it good for bathrooms, which are not easy to change once installed. However, often gray and white bathrooms can be seen as bland – as a cool color, adding in blue can lift the look while still keeping the space feeling calming.
On the other hand, 'super strong tones like teal, gray and mustard are lively and exciting and add energy to a room, to make it pop,' explains Justyna Korczynska, senior designer at Crown (opens in new tab).
Gray is a versatile and timeless color which does not go out of style, this makes it a wonderful shade for designing a bathroom with enduring appeal. A pared-back, cool shade, gray can be used to create all sorts of moods depending on the tone, from restful and elegant to sophisticated and dramatic.
Naturally gray works well with its partners white and black as part of a monochrome bathroom scheme, but it equally pairs well with most shades on the color wheel.