9 Tips and Ideas for a Colour Drenched Bathroom

Published by: Kevin Sears

17th June 24

Bathroom Ideas

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Colour drenching is simply choosing a single colour and having every single piece of furniture, wallpaper and tiling in that one colour, for example. Colour drenching is hugely on-trend, whether it’s single-colour outfits or interior living spaces. It’s certainly a bold statement choice - not for the faint hearted, but how exactly do you implement colour drenching? This blog will give you 9 tips and ideas to help you get your colour drenched bathroom just right.

1. Choose a Bespoke Colour Scheme


Start by selecting a bespoke colour scheme that reflects your personality. It helps to understand what you want to get from spending time in your bathroom - are you one to soak in the bath with a few candles and a book? Or is your bathroom where you have a cold shower in the morning and play your favourite playlist to get pumped before the gym? Choose colours that facilitate your personal needs. According to colour psychology, different hues evoke different emotions. For example, blues and greens are calming and can create a spa-like atmosphere, while reds and oranges are energising and can make the space feel warm and lively. 

2. Use Colour Blocking

Colour blocking typically involves choosing different colours for different walls, but since we’re colour drenching, you can opt for a slightly different version of this technique. For instance, you can paint one wall in a vibrant shade of blue while keeping the other walls a more muted or pastel blue. Alternatively, use coloured tiles to create bold patterns. Colour blocking can help break up the intensity of colour drenching and can even help you section off different parts of your bathroom.

3. Incorporate Accent Colours

Introduce accent colours through accessories and fixtures. Towels, rugs, soap dispensers, and even tap handles in bold hues can add pops of colour without overwhelming the space. This works especially well if you choose a more neutral colour for your colour drench, and then use your accessories and fixtures as an opportunity to go bright and bold.

4. Use Different Textures 


Using different textures and finishes within the same colour family, such as glossy tiles, matte paint, and plush towels, adds depth and interest. You can even play with shaggy rugs near your freestanding bath, or clay plant pots to create interest in the corners of the room.

5. Play with Patterns

Pattern drenching in a bathroom, a design approach popularised by interior designer Kelly Wearstler, involves enveloping the space in a single pattern across various surfaces. This technique can make a small bathroom feel larger and more cohesive. To achieve this, choose a pattern that complements your overall design theme and apply it to walls, floors, and even the ceiling. Balancing the boldness of the pattern with neutral fixtures and minimal decor ensures the space remains elegant and not overwhelming.

6. Balance with Neutrals


While bold colours can be invigorating, balancing them with neutral tones can prevent the space from feeling overwhelming. Use white, grey, or beige for larger elements like bathtubs, sinks, and countertops. This balance ensures that the bold colours stand out without dominating the entire space.

7. Highlight with Lighting

Proper lighting can enhance the impact of your colour choices. Use warm lighting to highlight warmer tones like reds and oranges, and cool lighting to accentuate blues and greens. Layering different types of lighting, such as ambient, task, and accent lighting, can create a balanced and calming atmosphere.

8. Ceiling Colour for a Cohesive Look

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Often overlooked, the ceiling is the perfect opportunity to enhance your colour-drenched bathroom. Painting the ceiling in the same bold hue as the walls can create a cohesive, enveloping effect that makes the space feel more unified and immersive. This technique can also make the room feel larger and more harmonious. Colour psychology suggests that continuing the colour onto the ceiling can create a sense of completeness and continuity, enhancing the overall impact of the colour scheme.

9. Add Greenery for a Fresh Touch

Incorporate plants into your colour-drenched bathroom for a fresh, natural element. Greenery can complement any colour scheme and add a sense of tranquillity. Choose plants that thrive in humid environments, such as ferns, orchids, and spider plants, to ensure they flourish in your bathroom.

Kevin Sears

About Kevin Sears

Kevin Sears is a bathroom and interior design blogger here at 34 St John. He creates original content utilising his extensive knowledge of the bathroom industry and latest trends.

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