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Why you should make neutrals part of your colour palette

It’s a fairly big thing, deciding what colours your bathroom will be. You’re spending money, time, energy (not to mention the inconvenience of your bathroom looking like a building site for a while) to create this perfect space in which to luxuriate and recharge, as well as a place you inhabit daily for your necessary ablutions.

So you’ve investigated palettes, consulted the colour wheel and you’re thinking of all the colours you like and that make you feel relaxed. Things that won’t date quickly, and have timeless elegance and simplicity.

Unless you have a very specific, perfectly-formed idea for your bathroom that involves colour, then look instead at neutral colours; an excellent choice for bathrooms. They don’t date quickly so your investment will still look good in ten years’ time — important. They are on-trend, calming and relaxing, plus they provide the perfect canvas on which to add your additions of style and colour through the use of your other bathroom element choices, and through accessories.

Clean, simple colours like white and chrome are currently all the rage, as the elegance and simplicity creates a haven that you can add colour on to with towel and accessory colours — and you can keep changing towels and accessories with your mood or season.

Keeping the continuity of neutral colour/tone on both the walls and floor (can be different tones or shades but similar) will enlarge the look of your bathroom for the simple reason that neutral colours recede.

Chrome or black taps are the latest trends, but we are also seeing coloured taps making a come back in some homes, and copper tapware as a stylish industrial look in some restaurants and hotels. One bit of advice is to be consistent with the colours of the metals in your bathroom, match the taps to the accessories and even the door handles.

A tip on using colour: pick a single highlight colour and use it sparingly, rather than a full-on colour choice. That way you can add colour into your neutral background without it being overpowering — or regrettable.

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