bathrooms - white vs. colour

Lately, I've been working on a few bathroom renovations for some of our clients. In fact, one house we are working on has a total of four bathrooms each of which is getting overhauled. There is a tendency for people to favour white washrooms over colourful ones. I guess it has to do with the notions of cleanliness and purity. However, injecting a little colour into your space is a great way to make it stand out. I often find smaller spaces such as bathrooms can carry bold colour in ways that a large room can't. By the way, adding colour doesn't mean having to decorating your space in rainbow hues! It can be as simple and elegant as adding some tone on tone variations or choosing materials such as wood to compliment the white fixtures in the space.

From left to right: New England Home, Apartment TherapySunset, DesignSponge

It's possible these days to find coloured bathroom suites in a range of styles and materials. Everything from black wall hung cabinets to light oak to zebra wood to more colourful components. Combining these basic elements with colourful wall and floor tile, vibrant towels and accessories and even interesting lighting can turn a bathroom into an energetic place to be.

From left to right: Houzz, Andrea Schumacher for Houzz, Houzz

Storage is another element we are always having to take into consideration. I haven't met a client yet that doesn't want to maximize their ability to put things away. The best way to increase your holding capacity is to add bathroom furniture storage that has lots of drawers, shelves and cabinets especially if your footprint is limited. If you're lucky enough to have oodles of floor space than adding an entirely freestanding storage unit is the way to go. Think vertically! It's often easier to go up with storage space in bathrooms than it is to go lengthwise.

If you're in the middle of renovating your bathroom or thinking of taking on the challenge you might want to check out the bathrooms.com website. They have an amazing selection of fixtures, furniture and vanities that will get you started.

Are any of you in the middle of renovating a bathroom? Are you adding in colour or storage in an interesting way?