Though they're usually hidden behind closed doors, master bathrooms, guest bathrooms, and powder rooms all deserve to be as thoughtfully decorated as your home's living spaces. We found three bloggers with DIY bath remodeling stories to inspire your own makeovers.View Slideshow
Personalize a bathroom or powder room with these creative ideas for mixing and matching your favorite colors.
In this half bath, one wall of patterned wallpaper is all it takes to make a bold statement. Bright green mixes with turquoise and a deep blue to form a one-of-a-kind color palette. A rustic wood vanity adds character to the space while white accessories brighten the room. The round mirror mimics the floral patterned wall and makes the space feel larger.
This almost-yellow shade of green is just enough color to add a signature style to this calming bath. The same striated tile is used from ceiling to floor for a continuous block of sandy brown color in this bathroom. A creamy tone was chosen for the lacquered vanities, as a pure white would have been too stark to pair with the other soothing elements.
Who wouldn't want to experience the color of a tropical ocean every day? Here, the blue-green hue lends a playful vibe to a sleek, modern aesthetic. Subtle variations in tone keep the tile from coming off as garish, while wood tones and off-whites warm up the space.
This not-quite-black brings drama without being melodramatic. In this bathroom, the almost-black colors on the wall, the tub exterior, and the slate floor form a nice ribbon on continuity, while white shiplap paneling lightens the look. A midtone walnut vanity continues the commitment to strong tones, but the warm finish adds earthy appeal. In a scheme with strong neutrals, adding a pop of color or two via accessories will bring the space to life.
Weathered-wood paneled walls lend character and texture to the sleek gray vanity. A trio of sleek sconces and dark floor tiles give the room a contemporary feel, while mustard yellow hand towels add in a punch of color. White accents give relief and a wood pocket door plays off of the rustic paneling to complete the room.
In a space typically awash in neutrals, we say "kudos" for going fearless, as in, pairing a cherry red vanity with a blue-tiled shower. Bold color combos would be amiss if it weren't for carefully placed details and supporting neutrals. Geometric moldings on the vanity, a metallic shimmer in the tile, neutral walls, and wood floors do the trick in this bathroom.
Cool, clean, and classic, this neutral color scheme treats gray as an accent color on the floor and in veined marble wainscoting. Texture plays a big part in this traditional room's ambience. The floor features an intricate herringbone pattern of rectangular tiles, bordered in black, white, and gray. Large-format rectangular tiles form the wainscoting, and gleaming polished-nickel fixtures pop against the quiet background. A matte-finish painted wall recedes against crisp white medicine cabinets.
Old meets new in a bathroom that combines vintage-style fixtures with a thoroughly modern wall tiled in orange and blue. The complementary colors give the bath an energetic personality, while the classic white fixtures and deep baseboard create a place for the eye to rest. White or blue linens pick up colors used in the mosaic without looking abrasive (as orange might).
Layered tones of color create a soothing yet elegant bath in peach, bronze, and white. Hand-glazed, peach-color subway tiles were chosen for the wall because of their irregularity. The floor boasts a basket-weave tile pattern in white and bronze, the latter of which picks up the dark bronze of tiles used elsewhere in the room. Woodwork and built-in cabinets are painted a dreamy white.
An all-white bathroom gets an energy boost with accents of yellow and gray. A pale yellow vanity and matching chair play off of a small yellow stool beside the tub. A simple patterned shower curtain emphasizes the shower area and adds a sophisticated dark gray to the mix. Light gray flooring contrasts white walls while looking simple and clean.
Have fun with color in your bathroom the easy way. Start with a neutral base for walls and surfaces, then pick one or two accent colors. In this bath, the muted brown walls serve as a subtle backdrop for the vibrant green and pink accents, but the hue is just rich enough to have a commanding presence.
This bathroom gets its romantic and feminine feel from pale pink walls and white beaded-board wainscoting. Dark flooring helps counteract the light colors, while a white pedestal sink makes the space feel crisp and clean. Molding around the window and plain baseboards gives the bathroom a finished look, and a small window and curtain let natural light in without compromising privacy.
Well-placed doses of white can help balance a rich color scheme. In this bathroom, the dark-stained cabinets are crowned with white countertops and square vessel sinks, and accented with shiny metal hardware. Slender, white grout lines pop against the deep brown tiles, a technique that's repeated in the white-veined rug. A plum purple accent wall gives the room vibrancy and is tempered with white trim.
Black and white is a classic color combination, but that hardly means it's stodgy. With subtle variations, the duo can come across as fresh and modern. Here, a black-stained vanity and wainscoting in a similar finish establish a moody aura, while a white countertop and walls lighten the load. The white veining in the slate tile floor -- along with the white grout -- brings the look together, and saffron yellow accessories provide peppy warmth.
Bring cozy sophistication to the bath with this toasty brown bathroom color scheme. Brown walls warm up the space and emphasize the high ceilings. Crisp white trim, white cabinetry, and white tile floors make the brown pop. Accent the combination with yellow-green accessories as shown here for a bright, garden-inspired look. Or use robin's-egg blue accessories to set a quieter mood.
Botanical-print wallpaper in blue and green provides an organic background to a simple black vanity and medicine cabinet in this tranquil powder room. Perched above the vanity's polished black granite top, a vessel sink in translucent blue-green glass creates a shimmering focal point. Gleaming silver-tone fixtures and hardware add sparkle without detracting from the Zen-like quality of the space.
A bright red vanity pairs with a romantic mirror to create the room's focal point. The detailed wallpaper pattern offsets the clean lines of the vanity. Dark flooring matches the vanity's wood accents and adds warmth to such a bold room.
This sleek contemporary bath gets its handsome look from a combination of multitone, neutral mosaic tiles, mocha walls, and an ebony-stained vanity and mirror. A gently curved white vessel sink becomes a focal point on the polished-stone countertop, elevating the other minimalistic white fixtures to decor. Black-framed artwork echoes the look of the mirror frame while adding a flash of orange. The white shower curtain and towels allow the neutral colors and patterns to shine.
Relying solely on neutrals doesn't have to be dull. In fact the look can be quite striking, as this posh bath so clearly demonstrates. A white vanity and marble floors and countertops lay a bright foundation, while a playful wallpaper brings a dynamic touch. Gray veining in the marble and silver hardware draw the blacks and whites together.
Think percentages when planning out a color scheme. When using three colors, go for a 70/20/10 spread. Here, blue tile laid vertically draws the eye upward and covers the entire wall, establishing its dominance as the primary color. White settles in as a secondary color, with the honed Calacatta Borghini marble floors and countertop and white sinks covering about 20 percent of the room. A striking espresso on the vanity comes in as a strong third color, accenting the lighter, more dominant colors with a finishing punch.