The color blue is known as a mood booster and a calm inducer. So what better shade to decorate the room where you start and end your day?
By Marisa Spyker
1 of 10Photographer: Annie Schlechter, Styling by: Matthew Gleason
Instead of washing your bath in white and incorporating pops of blue, try it in reverse. White accents, such as the shower seat, trim and towels in this bath, tend to pop even more against the sky blue background. We especially love the gorgeous hue and subtle sparkle of this Waterworks periwinkle blue glass subway tile.
2 of 10Photo: Annie Schlechter; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty
Under the Sea
Plain eggshell paint can feel washed-out in tiny powder rooms; instead, take a risk with a bold, large-print wallpaper. It adds color and a whimsical feel, plus makes the space feel bigger overall. This one (by Abnormals Anonymous), printed with gilded puffer fish on a turquoise background, is sophisticated but playful with its undersea vibe.
3 of 10Photo: Erin Kunkel, Styling by Liz Strong
This playful bath sets the mood with cement shower tiles in a statement-making wave-like pattern (by Popham Design). A teal vanity (painted Pacific Palisades by Benjamin Moore) reflects the darkest shade in the tile and balances out the bold in the room.
4 of 10Photo: David A. Land; design: Andrew Howard
Even trim isn’t off limits to the boldest of blues! Choose a high-impact hue like this watery turquoise (Pool Blue by Benjamin Moore) and wallpaper that picks up the shade throughout for the perfect pairing. According to designer Anne Maxwell Foster, painting your trim a standout color is “like putting a picture frame around your view.”
5 of 10Photo: Rick Lew; Stylist: Loren Simons
Stepping into this glass-enclosed shower is like wading into the glittering Caribbean Sea, thanks to walls wrapped in glazed subway tile (from Waterworks) that glisten with varying water-like shades of turquoise and blue. The subway tiles keep the bath feeling classic while the punchy shade adds an element of surprise.
6 of 10Photo: Rick Lew; Stylist: Matthew Gleason
If a white, beadboard-clad bath feels more classic to you, consider incorporating accents of blue elsewhere in the room, like on the ceiling. A pale blue ceiling shines a spotlight on interesting rooflines or trim (plus, it can evoke the feeling of being outdoors). Translate the color elsewhere in countertops or cabinets in a similar shade.
7 of 10Photo: Tria Giovan, Stylists: Rachel Burrow and Liz Strong
If you want to put a fun (and safe!) spin on a tiny guest bath, encase the entire room—including the floors—in a bright turquoise penny tile (this one’s by Ann Sacks). Not only will it make the space feel bigger, it will also provide more grip to the floor, which is perfect for bathrooms that are high-traffic for kids. Tour our 2015 Cinnamon Shore Showhouse for much more design inspiration.
8 of 10Photo: Peter Frank Edwards; Styling: Ginny Branch
If you’re lucky enough to have an alfresco bath (or if glass walls or surrounding Bahama shutters simply make it feel that way), bring the blue down to the floor for an unexpected pop of color. Painted floors are great, as are shimmering blue tiles (these are Cayman Blue Silk tiles by Lunada Bay), which will make you feel like you’re walking on water.
9 of 10Photo by Lisa Romerein
Find your tone
There’s plenty of blue inspiration to find along any coast. If your favorite hue happens to be something that’s a little too bold or bright for your interior tastes, take the shades a notch or two down and bring in accents of your beloved hue. The powder room of our 2010 Seabrook, Washington Idea House was inspired by fishing floats that wash up along the rugged shores, so designer Tim Clarke chose a handmade wallpaper inspired by the colors of the floats.
10 of 10Photo: David A. Land; styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow
Throw in a wildcard
Totally transform an existing all-white bath by incorporating one unexpected but statement making addition, like a bright shower tile or patterned wallpaper. Choose a monochrome print (we’re partial to turquoise!) on a white background, and a large-scale pattern so there’s plenty of white space to maintain that easy, breezy feel.