Neutral Color Bathroom Design Ideas

Opt for neutral colors -- such as crisp white, serene cream, glam gray, and rich brown -- to create a bathroom that looks clean, calm, and collected.

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    Detailed Planning

    A wide range of tones and a panache for details ensures a neutral color scheme will never be dull. In this eclectic bathroom, cool mid-range gray on the slate floors and walls stands in dynamic contrast to the white surfaces in the space. Weathered wood tones fall in the middle and impart a peaceful serenity. Plenty of materials -- from the driftwood mirror frame and chunky woven baskets to the cool, sleek finish of the subway tiled shower and industrial metal light fixture -- add texture and detail to the space.

     

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    Warm and Cozy

    Elegant floor-length linen drapes offer privacy to anyone lingering in this neutral bathroom's claw-foot tub. Shimmering glass droplets dangle from a filigree chandelier above, while dynamic floor tiles laid herringbone-style augment the natural veining of marble to add interest at ground level.

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    Classic Black and White

    Neutral bathroom color schemes never go out of style, and black and white is a classic. Beaded board laid vertically and deep crimson flooring visually heighten this small but stylish bath. Shiny finishes, including a curvaceous faucet, metal vanity legs, and silver tub feet, add interest.

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    Material Mix

    Subtle details bring life to a neutral color palette without taking away from the calm that such hues are known to inspire. Here, pebbled walls, metallic porcelain tiles, and a wood ledge do the trick. The dark flooring amplifies the barely noticeable color variations in the wall treatment -- and draws out the texture as well.

     

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    Inspiring Bathrooms

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    Wrapped in Warmth

    Neutral paint colors with a warm undertone keep bathrooms cozy rather than cold. Charcoal-colored planks that read more beige than silver add rustic style to this master bathroom. Honey-hued floors and plenty of soft textures, including an animal hide rug and fluffy towels in open storage, make the space oh-so-snuggly.

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    Modern Appeal

    To keep an all-white bathroom from falling flat, incorporate various tile treatments. A statement wall of faux marble tiles provides pretty contrast with penny-round tile flooring. Midcentury-modern accessories, including brass fixtures and a vanity with hairpin legs, usher in a funky retro vibe.

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    Pattern Play

    Large-format decorative tiles span the length of this master bath to provide style underfoot. The swirling pattern repeats on classic Roman shades, which incorporate the chocolaty hue of the neutral bathroom's furniture. Pops of bright white, including marble countertops and European-style sconces, balance a dark vanity and built-in medicine cabinet.

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    Luxurious Texture

    Trellislike wallpaper echoes the diamond design of a mosaic tile "rug" in this neutral master bath. A stark white ceiling contrasts the room's multiple patterns to draw the eyes upward toward a glamorous pendant light. 

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    Blue as a Neutral

    Shades of beige aren't your only option when it comes to a neutral bathroom. Blues that tilt toward gray create calming perimeters. Offset their cool nature with warm wood floors and bright white accents.

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    Hint of Glamour

    Get a luxe look in your neutral bathroom with glitzy finishes. Metallic floral wallpaper in this pretty powder room stands out against white wall panels and a floating wood vanity with a serpentine front. Shiny surfaces throughout reflect light to expand the space.

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    Beautiful in Beige

    Introduce warm neutral color into your bathroom with accessories. Here, pleated burlap curtains, a leopard-print bench seat, and botanical artwork, all in shades of brown, pop against light beige walls. Dark paint on the built-in bathtub grounds the look.

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    Gray Haven

    Richly grained marble creates an elegant exuberance in this master bath. The beautifully polished Equator Marmara marble tile shimmers in multiple shades of gray in the shower, on the tub surround, and on the floor. The black-and-white animal print stool offers an organic and fluid counterpoint to the rigidly geometric quality of the gray marble. The walls are covered in a silvery paper that brings a metallic sparkle to the room.

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    Dimensional Neutrals

    Using a standout dark tone will make a neutral bathroom memorable. A deep walnut vanity and medicine cabinet frame grounds the subtle color scheme while giving the warm whites and putty walls dimension. 

     

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    Colorful-Leaning Neutrals

    Crave a timeless netural look, but can't get away from color? Look for neturals with a distinct colorful undertone. Here, a blue-leaning charcoal gray is a striking partner to this bathroom's marble surfaces, mosaic tile, white vanity, and silver details. The strong wall color also helps temper the bright white used in the space.

     

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    Neutral Inspiration

    Like fabrics in living rooms and bedrooms, tile can be a smart inspiration for a bathroom color scheme. Here, grays and taupes in a mosaic tile pattern are reflected in the room's engineered concrete countertop, limed wood-look vanity and limestone wall color.

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    Rustic Industrial

    A neutral color scheme can help you embody a particular style. Here, shades of gray and warm wood tones convey the trending rustic industrial look. The warm gray walls and hammered metal medicine cabinets pick up on the veins of gray in the weathered wood vanities. Farmhouse-inspired light fixtures and faucets carry the gray color scheme and style persona. Additions of crisp white keep the scheme from looking murky.

     

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    White Chocolate

    Floor-length drapery panels in a dramatic diamond pattern bring a hint of living-room luxury to the freestanding bathtub. A palette of chocolate brown and creamy white establishes a setting that is rich and warm. White subway tiles wrap the room to nearly door height, providing a period-style backdrop for a handsome walnut vanity. The warm brown color on the ceiling brings the ceiling height down and makes the tall room feel cozy.

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    Vintage Vibe

    In this refurbished 1920s master bath, a contemporary paint palette of warm white and pale gray makes flea market furnishings shine. The sink, plumbed into a vintage dresser, wraps up style and function in a pretty package, while an old apothecary cabinet holds supplies in period style. Beaded-board wainscoting injects subtle white-on-white pattern around the room, while the large woven towel basket provides interesting texture.

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    Better with Age

    Salvage finds -- from flooring to fixtures to a tin-tile mirror frame -- bring character to a guest bathroom. The natural patina of worn and reclaimed surfaces dictates the serene neutral palette. The hall bath evokes a soothing tone by using an antique tub and an old table repurposed for the vanity. Taupe linen panels hang from rings, lending an easy elegance around the tub. Knotty pine flooring was salvaged from a 200-year-old warehouse. Painting the walls in a quiet wheat color put the beauty of the reclaimed pieces in focus, allowing their character to shine through.

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    Birch Beauty

    Birch woods wallpaper in shades of taupe inspired the color palette for this powder room redo. With the new wallpaper, the dark trim and plantation-style shutters on the window needed lightening with a fresh coat of white paint that not only complements the paper but also contrasts with the dark ebony stain on the hardwood floor. The modern vanity, console table, shaded sconces, and brushed-nickel hardware add to the sophisticated upscale look.

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    Lovely Monochromatic

    An easy-to-live with shade of medium gray takes center stage in this neutral bathroom. Horizontal tongue-and-groove paneling brings texture to the monochromatic scheme. A white marble countertop with gray veining keys off the room's primary color, while adding a visual break in the sea of gray.

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    Modern Classic

    Cottage elements in white and beige give this small bath a charming new look. Formerly clad in pink fixtures and tile, the soft and timeless neutral palette brings the room back to its stylistic roots while remaining modern in its amenities. White-painted tin tiles gives texture and depth to a ceiling once covered in dated popcorn. White subway tile and crisply painted beaded board visually expand the walls and reflect light throughout the space. White fixtures provide tone-on-tone silhouettes in classic forms. Beige tiles grouted in gray mimic brick and add warmth to the floor.

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    Sparkling White

    White-on-white isn't for everyone, but you have to agree, the results can be quite stunning. In this elegant bathroom, a mix of sheens and details bring a monochromatic white palette to life. Glossy tilework and mirrored surfaces contrast the matte finish on the cabinetry and walls. Fluted moldings and a groin-vault ceiling lend architectural interest to the sea of white and silver accents introduce glamour. 

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    Warm Reception

    Hues with yellow undertones cast white in a warm light. Keeping the variations subtle within a room will impart a clean, serene look that's anything but sterile. Calacatta gold marble countertops embody the warm approach to whites in this bathroom and coordinate with the white vanities and barely beige walls. Antique mirrors, tubular sconces and nickle faucets lend vintage appeal to the color scheme.

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    Line in the Sand

    Mixing white with a midtone neutral strikes a happy balance between strong and soft. Here, a white vanity and white subway tile pairs with sandy countertops, stone-look sconces, circular floor tiles and matching accent wall tiles. Mottled textures and patterns give the common color an anything-but-basic appeal.

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