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Colour guide: 9 reasons to consider navy for your bathroom

Could a deeper shade of blue be the colour your bathroom is crying out for...?
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 14-03-2019 17:00pm

1. You can use it to create a two-tone effect.
Deep navy makes the perfect partner for a lighter colour; opt for something bright to lift the room or a barely-there pastel to create a Scandi-esque feel. 

Inspiration by Bathroom Takeaway

2. Pair it with white to create a light-dark finish.
Similarly, pair navy with a crisp white to create a palette of striking contrasts; it could be as simple as painting your walls navy and opting for all-white fittings.  

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Inspiration by Farrow & Ball

3. Use it to bring a stylishly modern twist to an older bathroom.
In the space below, for example, painting historic window frames in a matching shade to that on the walls creates a space as serene as it is sophisticated.

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Inspiration by Laura Ashley Bathroom Collection

4. Create a focal area with it. 
In this bathroom, navy runs from the frame of the mirror onto the sides of the tub, creating a visually pleasing (and oh-so cohesive) display of colour. 

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Alchemy collection, Credit: Smallbone of Devizes

5. Consider navy tiles as a sophisticated shower back-drop.
Yes, they might require a little extra work to keep them clean 24/7 but boy, is it worth it. 


Brooklyn wall mounted thermostatic valve shower, wall mounted shower, wall mounted 3 hole basin set and mounted towel rail from The Watermark Collection

Be inspired by this bathroom and partner your glossy-glossy tiles with fresh white paintwork and warm brass details for a look that's as glamorous as it is functional. 

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6. Pair it with another dark shade to create a dramatic palette.
One way to ramp up the style in your bathroom? Create a colour palette that revolves solely around dark shades.

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7. Layer it with metallic details to let the colour shine through.
Warm metallics make for a luxurious addition to any bathroom when positioned against a deep navy wall.

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Bathroom design by Maurizio Pellizzoni x Drummonds.

In this space, it doesn't end there, with timeless marble and a striking chevron patterned floor completing the look in style.

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8. Combine it with vibrant patterns for an over-the-top maximalist aesthetic.
Vivid patterns or prints will sit pretty when paired with soothing navy, as demonstrated perfectly by this delightfully eclectic space designed by Maurizio Pellizzoni. 

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Bathroom design by Maurizio Pellizzoni x Drummonds.

9. Use it as a striking backdrop for your gallery wall.
Framed prints will look picture-perfect against a navy wall, with the deep blue managing to neither distract nor dominate the artwork.

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Inspiration by Waters Baths of Ashbourne

We love the decadent feel of this space, where framed artwork and an array of carefully chosen decorative details combine to stunning effect.

NEXT! Why stop in the bathroom? Explore our moodboard of ideas for the most beautiful navy ideas for your kitchen, too...

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