There's a single color that possesses the ability to evoke all kinds of emotions and flatter all design styles, depending on the shade and tone. We're, of course, talking about the transformative and versatile hue we call blue. The cool color can range from bold and energetic to calm and serene or moody and evocative at the drop of a hat. "The right tone of blue can be seen as a neutral!" says interior designer Ellie Mroz.
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Ellie Mroz is an interior designer and principal designer at Ellie Mroz Design. She specializes in modern traditional design.
And the best part about blue is that it pairs perfectly with so many other hues on the color wheel. Whether you're looking to creat a bathroom that feels relaxed and beachy, opulent and feminine, or super modern, there's a way to use blue to achieve any look you crave.
Ahead, find 13 ways to style your bathroom with arguably the most versatile color on the spectrum: blue.
Use Blue as a Neutral
If you're color-averse, there's still a way for you to incorporate blue into your bathroom. The solution? Keep it super subtle. "Here in a powder room we designed and built at our #theGoodbuild project, we used a subtly patterned and textured wallcovering to create visual interest. The silvery blue/grey is repeated in the floor tile to complete the look," Mroz says.
Try Vertical Subway Tile
If you're a lover of all interior décor like we are, it can be difficult to nail down your forever style. The good news is you never have to limit yourself to just one. This blue bathroom fuses multiple influences to create a look all its own. We love how the small tile on the top half of the walls feel modern, while the blue subway tile evokes a more traditional vibe. The two styles come together to create a timeless but fun look.
As you know, different shades of blue have the power to exude a variety of styles and feelings, so why settle on just one? This deconstructed ombre effect on the walls, paired with silver and metallic accents, feels so luxurious. Recreate the look with the help of a peel-and-stick wallpaper mural or, if you're feeling artistic, DIY a masterpiece using multiple shades of blue paint and a sponge technique.
Keep It Monochromatic
Navy is one of those shades that can transform any space into a sophisticated sanctuary in a snap. The only thing that can make it even more striking is incorporating more of it. Pairing the same statement shade on the walls and cabinets, like this bathroom, feels luxe, a bit moody, and oh so Instagrammable. Our point: When in doubt, add more navy.
Play With Pattern
Playing with patterns is like a dance, a fine art, walking a thin line. Not incorporating enough prints can feel underwhelming, but mixing too many bold patterns can feel like visual overload. This bathroom pairs a floral print wallpaper, blue herringbone tile, and colored granite countertops yet somehow feels completely balanced and cohesive. The secret to design success in this space is the marriage of the same shade of blue throughout. Staying tonal in all aspects of your décor helps your space look bold without feeling overwhelming.
Blue can walk the line between a bold, in-your-face color and a soft, barely there shade. In this bathroom, the blue-gray tile is a bump up from white that gives this bathroom major oomph. The rest of the bathroom is kept white to keep the focus on the herringbone tile.
Paint Your Molding
This bathroom makes a statement thanks to the plaid print paired with cornflower blue wainscoting. The white accents and gold fixtures strike a nice balance with this light blue paint packed with gray undertones.
Choose Luxe Details
A common misconception about dark colors is that they have a tendency to visually shrink a room. Contrary to belief, the deep, rich blue painted from floor to ceiling in this powder room feels, well, rich, and not the least bit cramped. Added touches like wall moulding, sconce lighting, and gold and silver décor do a great job at rounding out the space and making it feel luxe.
Stripe It Up
We can't get enough of this artsy bathroom that boasts statement-making stripes. While outfitting your walls in precious stone can be an obvious bank breaker, there are plenty of peel-and-stick wallpaper options that can transform your bathroom, even if you're renting. Incorporate metallic accents and modern hardware to make your bathroom a total showstopper.
Paint Your Cabinetry
The best part about designing a bathroom is, unlike most other rooms in your home, you have free rein to work with all the color you want. If you're considering redecorating your bathroom with shades of blue, start with your cabinetry. It's an easy way to bring a pop of color into your space.
Channel a Vintage Vibe
On the other hand, a bucket of paint can work wonders for any space. We love how this bathroom incorporates the same light teal blue with gray undertones on all the walls, cabinets, and base of the bathtub for a major wow factor. When paired with reclaimed wood floors, beveled mirrors, antique art, and statement lighting, this space feels like a timeless getaway in the French countryside.
Keep It Coastal
Blues found in nature along the coast tend to have gray undertones in them (think gloomy skies, weathered lifeguard towers, and crashing waves). If you're trying to achieve a coastal feel in your bathroom, mimic those blue-gray shades. While the blues in the wallpaper and cabinets in this bathroom boast different tones, they both share a gray tint that feels beachy fresh. Sandy color accents, bamboo touches, and rattan additions transport you anywhere from California to Connecticut.
Pair Paint and Wallpaper
The best part about decorating in this day and age is that you have any shade of paint at your fingertips. This blue wood accent wall behind the sink is a showstopper all its own, but, when paired with a matching wallpaper, it makes for a modern and monochromatic look that stands the test of time.