January is traditionally the time for new beginnings, when we cast off the old and embrace the new. It’s the peak time of year for beginning a diet, new exercise regime or a makeover. And with regard to the latter, our homes are no exception. If you’ve been hosting friends and family over Christmas, the chances are your bathroom’s been pretty busy. Take a long, hard look and ask yourself if it’s time for a revamp. Whether you’re keen to embark on a complete refurbishment, or a minor refresh, we’ve got plenty of bathroom ideas to inspire. And they all feature the glorious shade of grey.
The popularity of grey for interiors shows no sign of slowing down. It’s long been a staple choice for kitchens, bedrooms and living spaces. Now, that popularity has extended to bathrooms – with good reason. First and foremost, grey is hugely versatile. The shade spectrum ranges from the palest subtle silver to the darkest statement granite. Grey is a great neutral that won’t date. It suits both classic and contemporary bathroom styles. And it pairs equally well with white and pops of colour to give you endless options for your décor.
These days, grey can feature in almost any element of your bathroom. A great way to tap into the grey bathroom ideas trend is with a freestanding coloured bath. Don’t let memories of old-fashioned avocado suites put you off. A grey bath is a super stylish addition to any bathroom. A pale shade will add interest without being overwhelming. Accessorise with a striking pair of chrome bath feet to complete the look. If you’re after a statement tub, and your budget obliges, why not choose a cast iron model? Our hand-crafted bath by Imperial Baglioni takes traditional cast iron to another level.
Not enough room for a freestanding bath? Even smaller spaces and en-suites can be modernised by a touch of grey with our Vado Elegance Grey Electric Shower. Perfect for contemporary bathrooms, its grey/chrome finish is sleek and chic. It complements a darker grey wall or tile for a coherent calming feel.
If you aren’t quite ready to invest in a brand new shower or bath, simply update the one you have already. A fast, easy way to introduce grey bathroom ideas to your bathroom is with a new grey bath panel. This simple DIY tip involves minimum expense and effort, but achieves maximum results. Remember to measure your bath carefully before you purchase your panel. You will also need a matching end panel if your bath’s not fitted between two walls.
If you’re not quite ready to go grey with your sanitaryware, grey bathroom furniture could be the solution. There’s certainly no shortage of choice when it comes to grey bathroom ideas. These days vanity units, wall mounted and freestanding units, cabinets and console tables are all available in grey. So whether you need a compact storage option, or a decorative focal point, there’s sure to be something to suit.
Grey furniture provides a stylish contrast – and contemporary setting – for traditional white sanitaryware. For example, form and function combine with our Bauhaus Svelte Storm Grey Matt 120 Vanity Unit& Basin. The unique wave design adds interest, while the lighter shade of grey doesn’t overpower. If you’re ready to embrace your darker side and our grey bathroom ideas, match your furniture to your walls and floor. A gloss finish will keep the overall effect from looking too foreboding.
Choosing one shade of grey and using it for walls, furniture, worktop and accessories looks great in bigger bathrooms. Create a centrepiece with a freestanding curved vanity unit, which will offer plenty of storage too. Pale to mid shades of grey complement wooden floors surprisingly well.
Layering different shades of grey is another way to experiment with grey bathroom ideas. After all, this is one of the on-trend colours. Why not team a pale grey piece of furniture with a darker floor or statement wall to add softness and variety?
If you’re keen to trial the grey bathroom ideas without splashing out on new furniture, look to your walls. Paint a statement wall charcoal, or consider some grey bathroom tiles. These come in all sorts of sizes, shades and styles, including stone and metro effects.
Go for pale grey gloss to enhance your sense of space. Dark colours introduce a luxury vibe. Grey tile grout is another way to add an interesting contrast.
Make your bathroom unique by experimenting with patterns. Grey stripes work well and are a clever way to add texture and light if you’re worried about your grey looking gloomy. A bold graphic print, either on the walls or the floor, adds instant impact.
If you’re really apprehensive about getting on board with grey, dip your toe into the water with accessories. A grey bathroom mirror is a fast and relatively inexpensive way to add grey bathroom ideas to your home. Go large with a wooden frame that can be hung portrait or landscape, such as our Heritage Edgeware Slate Grey Mirror. Or if space is at a premium, make your mirror multitask and install a grey mirrored wall cabinet instead.
Involving even less commitment than a mirror are grey towels. Mix and match different shades for an eye-catching but low-maintenance look. Soap dishes, toothbrush holders and toilet roll holders are other inexpensive grey bathroom ideas. A grey shower curtain, plus a matching shower/bath mat will complete the look.
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