I’ve lost count of the all-white bathrooms I’ve seen over the years, so it’s no surprise that CP Hart’s impressive selection of bright designs for bathrooms caught my colour-loving eye. The first idea to invite more hue into a bathroom is to focus on the focal point of the space – the bathtub! Painting your bath tub is a sure fire way to demand design attention in a space and works really well if the room is lacking a natural point of interest, such as an architectural detail. For the strongest results with this approach it works best to foil the tub with a simply decorated space so that it really makes the tub pop. Alternatively you can go for a colour block approach across the whole space, like in example number two – lavish your walls with colourful abandon and colour match your textiles and accessories for a chameleon layered effect that will entertain the eye. Too much hue for you? No worries, a monochromatic scheme with check board tiling is a great way to keep things muted yet interesting. This third example works wonders in a traditional property. Finally, you can also turn to colour to make an awkward architectural detail the main feature of a bathroom. The four bathroom shows how a lick of intense blue paint gives a subtle nautical flavour to the space, while also framing the mirror and creating visual interest out of the wall shape. Which of these four colourful bathroom design ideas do you like best? How do you invite colour into your bathroom?

// Photography by CP Hart


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. I like your idea to use color to create a feature from an existing odd shaped wall… works well.

  2. I love the painted bath best – a fab feature. If I had a larger bathroom, I would add colour by way of features, like the painted bath, or by using painted furniture additions like a beautiful country chic cabinet to display towels and vanity items rather than a boring bathroom cabinet. Maybe even an upholstered chair in the corner to create a relaxing vibe :O)

    • @ChiChi Furniture – I love your ideas for a colourful cabinet and an upholstered chair – there’s something very luxurious about an upholstered chair in a bathroom, isn’t there! 🙂

  3. I have actually painted the bottom of a clawfoot tub – it was a denim blue. it was AWESOME.

  4. Wow, I cannot decide which one I would choose, honestly. But I must say the 3rd option looks very elegant and mesmerizing. I love how there’s something for everyone.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.