Introducing the Navy and Gold Bathroom Trend

Published by: Kevin Sears

13th October 23

Bathroom Ideas

Reading Time: 2 mins 19 secs

The navy and gold bathroom is taking over interior design inspiration boards... And with good reason. Blending the ever-elegant shade of blue with bold accents is the perfect way to carve out a statement space that will remain stylish for years to come.

In this article, we look at the trend in more depth, examining both its origins and its role in contemporary design. We also give concrete recommendations for how you can transform your own space without accidentally creating a look that is too overpowering or dark. 

The evolution of the navy and gold bathroom 

The origins of the navy and gold combination date back to the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. Rich colours and geometric patterns were used to create looks that were equal parts calming and striking, and the opulence of the period quickly became associated with this trend. 

In more recent years, navy and gold have made a comeback, with designers exploring iterations of the theme by adding a modern flair through minimalism or sleek fixtures. The basic concept remains the same:  navy grounds the design and creates a feeling of being near the ocean while gold catches the eye and elevates the space. 

In the next section, we look at how you can implement both the classic and the contemporary in your bathroom design. 

How to implement a navy and gold colour scheme

Navy and gold can easily become overwhelming or crass in a bathroom. Follow these steps to create a more elevated design… 

Finding the balance

First, find the sweet spot between the two contrasting colours. If there’s too little blue, your space won’t feel grounded enough, but if there’s too much gold, you can cheapen the design. To take one example, you could opt for painting or wallpapering your walls in navy and using gold tiles to add detail.  

Choosing the right fixtures

Here’s a breakdown of the fixture choices you should implement to complement a navy and gold theme:

  • Flooring: Light-coloured tiles, marble, or wood with subtle textures can work well to counteract the dark navy.
  • Countertops and vanity units: Opt for neutral tones like white or light grey for contrast or introduce navy units to really cement the design.
  • Gold or brushed brass accessories. Adding gold through smaller fixtures like basin wastes, towel rings or shower valves adds a beautiful sense of subtlety.  

  • Contrasting textures

    Navy and gold work so well as a pairing not just because of their contrasting shades, but because they often come with differing textures. Make the most of this by matching smooth gold fixtures such as taps with matte navy tiles, for example. 

    Examples of the navy and gold bathroom trend

    In this section, we look at three beautiful examples of the navy and gold theme created by modern bathroom interior designers. 

    Subtle Lighting


    The careful placement of lighting balances the rich, dark navy walls in this bathroom.

    Bright and Bold


    This bathroom goes to show that navy and gold can work equally well with light and bright shades. 



    The design shows the power of panelling when using navy as a core colour. 

    Ready to elevate your bathroom with navy and gold? Look to St John for premium furniture in your favourite shades.

    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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