crosswater-sale-2014Here at the Bright.Bazaar cottage I’m busily trying to find some colour solutions to introduce into our rental. The space is small and there’s not a ton of natural light, which has been leaving me feeling creatively frustrated, especially as I don’t want to spend too much given we’re renting. I’ve been craving a bathroom colour reboot ASAP, folks! So I headed over to the Crosswater sale to seek out some ideas to help kickstart my mini bathroom makeover inspiration in today’s three ways post.crosswater-shower-head-saleI love how the lick of black bathroom paint in this shower enclosure not only turns the shower head from something everyday into a eye-catching element in the room, but also zones the area from the rest of the bathroom. This is helped by the introduction of colour and pattern in the harlequin patterned wallpaper, which emphasises the height of the space, while also providing visual interest. Also, please can we quickly discuss rain shower heads – the height of luxury, right?! I always feel like I’m showering in a glamorous hotel bathroom when there’s a rainhead shower. crosswater-bathrooms-saleThe second idea is probably the most realistic solution for the bathroom in our rental. Not only is the shower screen a relatively affordable update, but it will hopefully allow more light to flood into the space vs. a shower curtain. Plus, I’m tempted to take a lead from this space and create a colour accent with tiles for the over bath shower area. Those soft mint tiles? Yes, please!crosswater-bathrooms

First off, any bathroom that has Mini Moderns wallpaper in it is onto a winner in my (bright) book! I like the retro feel of this space and how the accent lime green colour has been used to draw the eye through the space making it feel bigger. Another potential solution for my space is to hang an Anthracite towel rail and use it as a place to hang my colourful Harlequin towels. Which of these three ideas do you like best? How do you bring colour into your bathroom?

* // Photography by Crosswater


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. 2nd one although I’d use a shower curtain I love the mint tiles! I also rent so I bring color through the accessories – I love the idea of bringing a bright or pool blue into a small bath and i have gray/white and silver accents all over. I also love to use the Claus Porto candles which have these beautiful etched vessels. Illyria is my favorite (honeysuckle) but the Marine is also lovely.

  2. I love rain head showers as well. Love that idea to paint the shower enclosure in a contrasting colour to make it stand out.

  3. Great ideas!! Tempted to swap out my shower curtain for a screen now as we have colourful tiles above our bath that I’d love to show off more!

  4. Hi. There are only a few blogs I still follow…yours is one. Always a visual delight. I decorate bathroom sinks, some with groovy – and colorful – designs which is another way to add some color in the bathroom. Some of our gold or silver geometric designs would go great in the bathrooms above. Please check them out. Thanks. Lynne

  5. I’m actually going to surprise myself and say I like the first one best – the black actually looks really chic and stylish and I agree it allows other elements to really stand out. I would just love a rain shower head, my shower is pathetic!! If I had a larger bathroom, the way I would consider adding colour is to actually add beautifully painted furniture in pastel shade, like a charming display unit to store fluffy towels and beauty products as opposed to boring plain bathroom units.

  6. Love the black paint in the shower section, not sure I would have been brave enough to give that ago, without seeing how good it looks. Thanks!

  7. Marlene Stern Reply

    the pop in #3 is my favorite – #1 is cool too and likely less costly

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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.