Thinking about updating your home in 2019? Now is the time to cast a critical eye through all the rooms in your home to determine if a ‘refresh’ is needed. An oft-overlooked space in many homes, the bathroom, is a room that benefits from both bold colour palettes and delicate neutral tones. Design experts recognize that colour can reflect and impact the way we live.
As our daily lives become more immersed in the digital realm, design trends lean towards either electric shades that mimic this engagement, or those that allow us to escape from it, acting as a grounding reminder of life beyond the screen. Earthy tones are mindful and allow a more nature-based approach to design, while vibrant, eclectic colors are playful and invigorating. No matter your mood or lifestyle, take this dichotomy as a cue to give your bathroom a refresh with some of 2019’s best hues!
Soft Pastels & Whites
Let your bathroom become a space for creative expression with the use of pastels, whites and creams. Nothing says “it’s time for a change” like subtle colours employed in an unexpected way. Soft creams and pastels have the ability to feel both fresh and timeless. Used alongside neutral detailing like cream textiles or sleek, modern hardware, pastel hues can also feel contemporary and polished. Featured above is the absolutely stunning master ensuite of our listing at 63 Second Street in Oakville.
Think early morning fog or the colour of Paris in the rain. Misty, soft blues are calming and encourage feelings of serenity, allowing you to transform your bathroom into a space that promotes tranquility. Select hues along the gray spectrum to keep it cool or add hints of purple to produce a digitally-inspired glow. You can also bypass paint entirely and evoke the look with concrete design details. The above photo is of one of the five ensuite bathrooms in our listing at 63 Second Street in Old Oakville.
Take a cue from Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 and paint your bathroom in Living Coral. Warm but lively, coral tones are chameleons of the color scale, invoking different moods depending on how they’re used. Evocative of the sublimity of deep sea coral reefs, the shade is dynamic and invites lightheartedness. If you’re not ready to take the plunge with painted walls, introduce splashes of coral through design details like textiles or reimagined tilework—coral lives harmoniously with more neutral tones like sand or olive.
If it’s serenity you seek, neutral shades of cloud white, cream, and sand bring a quiet calmness to any bathroom. Neutrals are ideal for reinvigorating neglected bathrooms, bringing a sense of freshness to any space. Complement cream tones with organic textures like woven baskets and plants and install copper hardware for a minimal, industrial aesthetic. Cream and white shades are often chosen for their simplicity as well as their ability to play well with other colors—don’t hesitate to use this opportunity to introduce small design elements in bolder, brighter shades. Depicted above is the master ensuite of a Sotheby’s Muskoka listing, Bellevue Estate, which overlooks Lake Rosseau.
Sherwin Williams 2019 Colour of the Year is Cavern Clay, a warm terracotta colour with ancient, elemental roots. Inspired by the desert, baked clay pottery, and well-worn leather, earthy shades of terracotta invoke naturalist tendencies. The hue plays well with mid-century modern design styles, as well as Southwestern elements such as chevron-patterned detailing.
Let your bathroom lead the way into a new, exciting year full of inspired design and transformed spaces. Keep rooted and grounded with earthy tones or dip into the unknown with unexpected washes of colour—either way, you won’t be looking back.
Perhaps the above photos will inspire your bathroom renovation in 2019!
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