Bathroom Design

Color Psychology and Interior Design

The field of color psychology focuses on the way certain colors can affect our moods and emotions. These feelings are based on a number of different factors, including the wavelength and frequency of the colors.

I know colors like blue for their calming effects and work well in bedrooms, while brighter shades can boost energy levels, making them ideal for rec rooms and other shared spaces. It’s important to remember that these effects are not universal and can vary from person to person.

Green is also a great choice for rooms that require creativity and productivity. It helps stimulate the mind and encourages positive thinking, while also being associated with nature and health.

Although black may have a negative connotation, it can actually be a good choice for rooms that need discipline and strength. It’s a timeless color that works well with most shade combinations and is perfect for accentuating lighter colors. Use it sparingly to avoid overpowering your room with darkness and ensure that you balance it with other elements.

Pastel Blue

Blue has long been a soothing color associated with the sky and ocean. According to color psychology, it symbolizes trust, loyalty, and confidence. It’s also known to stimulate creativity and encourage productivity. Whether used in your home office or as an accent wall, pastel blue can help you focus on your creative project and inspire new ideas.

In the design world, we often use pastel blue in coastal and nautical designs. It evokes feelings of clear skies and calm seas, creating a relaxing atmosphere that’s perfect for living spaces and bedrooms. It pairs well with neutrals like white and cream. It can also be combined with soft shades of pink, mint green, and lilac to create a more vibrant palette.

If you’re using pastel blue in your design, make sure to use a web color tool to check its hex code to ensure you’re not mixing it with another shade. The color wheel will tell you if the colors you’re using are complementary, contrasting, or analogous. This helps to avoid confusion and create a cohesive look.

A Wave of Tranquillity

Embrace the soothing beauty of blush pink and transform your bathroom into a decorative retreat. Coordinate subtle shades of pink in a patterned tile design with champagne-hued marble to create a sophisticated merging of organic pattern, textured tactility, and ethereal shade. Or opt for a floral wallpaper with oversized petal motifs to harness the power of positivity and nurture a sense of tranquillity.

For color-confident bathroom designs, lipstick bright focal points are a popular option. Whether as a paint pop or used to highlight a painted freestanding bath, these statement pink tones can add an on-trend decorative touch. Pair desert rose shower tiles with baked terracotta painted walls to inspire an escapist bathroom scheme infused with a wanderlust spirit.


Whether you opt for a neutral or vibrant hue, bringing the element of green into your bathroom design is an easy and effective way to detox. Add a plant-inspired wallpaper design that brings the popular tropical trend into a modern home or create a calming spa look with green tones in a freestanding bath.

Alternatively, take inspiration from the sacred waters of natural hot springs or ancient bathhouses and bring a sense of spiritual renewal into your home with a rejuvenating whirlpool tub.

If your bathroom is short on space, this clever design idea is the perfect solution. Not only does it maximize storage, but the unique shape of both the sink and toilet is a stylish accent that can make any bathroom decor feel fresh and modern.

Deep Blue

Deep Blue represents depth, intelligence, and expertise. It also brings to mind calm seas and tropical foliage, which is probably why Sherwin-Williams chose it for their Color of the Year 2020. This classic hue is dependable and instills confidence, so it’s great for bedrooms or bathrooms.

Before you draw the bath, set the mood by lighting some candles or incense and playing soothing music (or simply listening to your breathing). When the tub is ready, add a handful of flowers and herbs (such as rosemary, lavender, and peppermint) to the water and fill it to the desired level.

The origins of Deep Blue can be traced to Carnegie Mellon University research led by Feng-Hsiung Hsu in 1985 and later taken over by IBM in 1989 when they hired Hsu, Murray Campbell, Thomas Anantharaman, and chess grandmaster Joel Benjamin. The project was originally known as Chip Test and was eventually renamed Deep Thought before IBM decided to make the name more pronounceable. This was at a time when AI built via handcrafted rules had flopped, leading to widespread cynicism about artificial intelligence.

Let the Creativity Flow

There is an old adage that people allow their minds to wander while showering, which can be a great opportunity for idea generation. Rattner recommends that homeowners and designers design their homes to encourage this unstructured, creative mindset. This could include seating that allows for reclining, a bath with a view, and a well-thought-out shower or home gym.

Choosing the right tile for your bathroom is another way to enhance creativity. Not only do the color, size, and pattern matter, but so does the surface on which the tile is installed. For example, a textured floor or patterned wall will add dimension and interest to a space that would otherwise be bare.

Another way to amplify the brightness and openness of a windowless bathroom is to use light neutral colors. These reflect the light and can make a room feel larger and more spacious. Adding pops of bright color or even a bold pattern with towels, shower curtains, or rugs can also add personality and energy to a room. If you’re ready to create your dream bathroom, download the free Room Sketcher app and get started!


A color may relegate to formal evening wear and mourning attire, black is a design darling with a strong presence in today’s upscale interiors. In bathrooms, the sultry shade creates a powerful statement that speaks to an opulent ethos. While the idea of a black bathroom is at once bold and dramatic, designers say it requires careful execution. “The key is to introduce lots of contrasting materials and surfaces,” says Ferrier. She advises combining paint sheens and textures, glamorous touches of marble, displays of mirrors, and purposeful lighting.

It can also elevate a black bathroom by incorporating lush greenery. Choose easy, humidity-loving plants, such as ivy and pothos, to elevate a dark bathroom and infuse it with natural beauty.

A gallery wall of monochromatic black-and-white art and photographs can add interest and depth to a bathroom while complementing the bold aesthetic. A black-and-white mural is another eye-catching option that can draw the eye and inspire creativity in a manly bathroom.