Choosing a colour scheme for your bathroom

Gorgeous black & white bathroom with floor tile used a feature wall with decorative niche - bathroom renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.

Gorgeous black & white bathroom with floor tile used a feature wall with decorative niche – bathroom renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.

In most homes built in Sydney prior to the year 2000, the bathroom is usually what is considered a smaller space. It was traditionally a room for in and out daily hygiene. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as it wasn’t until around the 1950s, that homes had toilets under the same roof as the rest of the house. The old outdoor toilet (dunny) is now a distant memory. Trudging out to the toilet in the middle of the night in the freezing cold in winter and fighting redback spiders in the summer are thankfully, things of the past.

Today the indoor bathroom is not only what is considered standard, with the average home not only having a main bathroom but also an ensuite to the main bedroom. The bathroom has become a room in which we can decorate to show our individual style but can increase the value of our home.

The bathroom too, has become a room that can be a “tell” as to the date of our home. How many of us have judged someone’s home by the old fittings, tiles and colour schemes from years ago? Perhaps the word “judge” is too harsh a word. As renovators, it lets us know not only how old a home is, but more importantly if the home is from the “Asbestos” era. Of course we as renovators use other tests to ascertain this, it is however a “tell” just the same.

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Timeless black, white and timber bathroom with large recessed shaving cabinet with modern sleek vanity- bathroom renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens.


With keeping this in mind, when we renovate or remodel our bathroom, we want to keep it looking not only new but chic and relevant for as long as possible. Let’s face it, who can afford to do it twice?

We have all witnessed fashion come in and out of style. Flared jeans, platform heels and fluorescents have all come and gone and come back again just in my lifetime and many good old songs have been remixed to suit the new generation. “What was once old is new again” is no different when it comes to interior design. Once upon a time mosaic tiles were considered “old” before making a huge comeback , though this time not as a floor tile, but as a decorative wall tile. The old “Mission Brown” colour fifteen years ago soon became considered old and drab, and we all went to great pains to be rid of it, repainting and retiling our homes with the more fashionable “apricots” and “pastels” that were the trend again for a while only to have pastels date for a long a painful twenty years and then more recently become on trend, again.

Keeping in “fashion” when it comes to renovating, is way more expensive than replacing a few cushions, throws or even repainting a wall. Removing and replacing tiles in a bathroom creates somewhat of a snowball effect, damaging areas that did not need to be replaced and requiring more work to be done than was budgeted for. This is why, when we at Master Bathrooms & Kitchens are asked by our customers for suggestions for colour schemes, we advise to stick to the classics. Blacks, whites and neutrals never go out of style, and they have the most stunning outcomes. They are a complete design on their own but create the perfect blank canvas so to speak that can have any of the latest colours added with towels and decor for a splash of the latest colour. You only need to look at our website, Facebook or Instagram page to see the proof.

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Stunning freestanding bath with classic neutral charcoal and white colour scheme – bathroom renovation by Master Bathrooms & Kitchens

In the fashion industry there are those certain items that have never gone out of style. The “little black dress”, the “A-line skirt”, the blazer and the ever classic “bootleg denim jean”. These never went out of style quite simply because they are “classic”. Think classic and timeless whilst you’re out shopping for your tiles and PC items for your bathroom. It is easy and inexpensive to add a vase, candle, towels or even a new blind in the latest “chic” colours to blend in with whatever you’ve recently decorated your home in and replace when the colour becomes old. However, getting rid of that pink tiled wall is no easier to change than sea shell border tiles that were on trend as they were 20 years ago.

Just in the past few years we’ve seen an array of colours come in and out of style. In 2016 we saw pastels re-revived, 2017 we were all green with envy, 2018 was ultra violet and now in 2019 its coral. Regardless of what Pantone dubs to be the colour of the year, understand it will replaced the very next year. Do not use tile to splash the latest colour in your bathroom. It is ultimately a very expensive task to update just a few years down the track.

So when you are out shopping for your tiles and PC items for your new bathroom renovation, be sure to stick with the “classics” like blacks, whites and neutrals to keep your new bathroom looking new and relevant for as long as possible.

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Master Bathrooms & Kitchens is a family owned and operated bathroom and kitchen renovation company that has been renovating homes beautiful since 1995. Be sure to peruse our website for more renovation inspiration and advice or call us on (02)9899-9330 for a quotation today!

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