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We all know that colorful decor can make an significant impact in spaces like the living room, kitchen and bedroom. But what about bright, bold hues in a white bathroom?

House to Home white bathroom with colorful chandelier and clawfoot tub

House to Home :: Photographer Nick Pope

Rainbow-inspired decor, from the elegant chandelier to the striped basket and towel, brightens up this neutral bathroom from House to Home. While not a French empire-style chandelier like the one featured in this space, Urban Outfitters‘ candelabra-style Gypsy Chandelier is equally fun and decadent with its multi-colored acrylic jewels. And at $159, it’s a steal.

We Heart It glamorous contemporary bathroom with glitzy mirror and chair

We Heart It

If you’d like your bathroom to feel light, airy and glamorous, take a cue from this chic space tagged on We Heart It. Here are some tips for creating this look on a budget. Skip the mosaic tiles and instead paint a white wall with horizontal stripes in a silver metallic or pearlescent finish. Z Gallerie’s Devon Mirror is similar in style to the one here. Then splurge on a Tolix Marais Armchair from Design Within Reach for a glitzy pop of color.

House to Home modern bath with floral room divider screen

House to Home

A colorful screen may be the only pop of color you need in the bath. This pierced-rubber divider in a floral pattern serves as a striking focal point and effectively separates the bedroom from the bath. Create a similar effect by hanging The Beat Shower Curtain from my AphroChic collection. Or Pier 1′s Sari Screen can create the same effect with a global twist.

AphroChic The Beat Shower Curtain

AphroChic The Beat Shower Curtain

If you’re craving even more color, but still want a bathroom with plenty of bright whites…

theLENNOXX bathroom with clawfoot tub and turquoise flocked wallpaper

theLENNOXX :: Photographer Dan Duchars

…why not wallpaper the bathroom. This teal flocked wallpaper featured in theLENNOXX definitely makes an impact. And the pattern on the wall works perfectly with the pattern in the reversible bath mat from The Koko Company. It’s a cheery, whimsical look that’s not over the top because of the prominent design elements in crisp white that take center stage — the mantel and the clawfoot tub. If you’re nervous about wallpaper, consider stenciling a wall to similar affect. And now that it’s summer, French bistro chairs like the one here should be an easy find at flea markets and antique stores.

What’s your favorite colorful decor for a bathroom? Are you eager to try any of these ideas for introducing bright pops of color to a white or almost white bathroom?

Let me know in the comments below.

18 Responses

  1. [...] I’m a fan of the simplicity and elegance of neutrals, but too much white is boring and gives me a headache. So many people I know just stick with the eggshell walls and white fixtures in their powder rooms, and it’s not at all a welcoming place for guests to be! Have you got a boring white bathroom on your hands? Check out Jeanine Hays’ tips for giving it some color: [...]

  2. Mark C. says:

    What a BEAUTIFUL bathroom. Especially the bath tub. This is a cool Bathroom Remodeling Idea.

  3. nelda thompson says:

    I had to give up my huge French Ctry. home and now renting a small 3 bed. 2 bath duplex. I am getting rid of so much decor. I love color, but, everything is white (walls). The wall over the shower and tub needs some superficial work.. Can I tint plaster and do over this part of the wall? Will it hold up to moisture> Thank you , Nelda

  4. Julia Green says:

    Color adds warm to any room.

  5. Debra says:

    THAT chandelier in the photo is NOT the one mentioned in the article! So WHERE does one get the one shown in the photo????????????????

  6. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that Ive truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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