Incorporating Color in the Bathroom

The all-white bathroom may never go out of style, but there's no better way to express your personality than with color. In a compact space like the typical bathroom, a little goes a long way: a single wall of tile or wallpaper, say, or just a couple of judiciously orchestrated accessories is enough to make a splash.

Incorporating Color in the Bathroom
(Photo: Jessica Sample)
In a guest bathroom at La Banane, on the Caribbean isle of St. Bart's, a rain-shower enclosure opens out to a petite patio sheltered by tropical vegetation. Easy-to-clean tile—in this case, a glass mosaic variety—is a good (if not inevitable) choice for any wet area, and the green color smoothly links it to the natural world outside.

Incorporating Color in the Bathroom
(Photo: Genevieve Garruppo/Lonny)
The Brooklyn bathroom of the man behind Flavor Paper is hung with a striking example of owner Jon Sherman’s wares: Celestial Dragon, which creates the illusion of peeling paper. Used on just one wall, it gives the entire room depth by echoing the pinks and blacks of the overall color scheme.

Incorporating Color in the Bathroom
(Photo: Zach DeSart)
This master bath, a classic white space in the Manhattan apartment of Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler, is enlivened with hits of orange delivered via a few well-chosen accessories. The zebra-print bath mat, white-trimmed shower curtain, and wood frame of the armchair all add warmth and richness to the room. The final touch: anything-but-white towels.

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