If you’re one of many whose love of bold color runs deep, you’ll be downright giddy over the blocks of fully saturated pinks, cobalts, and acid greens making their way from fashion runways to the home. Whether they’re paired with white, fully saturated, or combined with a rainbow of pattern, blocks of color are energizing bathroom spaces from small to expansive in a myriad of styles.

A Traditional Take on the Color Block Bathroom


A daring spin on a traditional palette, this powerful color-blocking scheme is the foundation for a truly compelling bath­room design. Classic details like crown moldings and furniture-style wood vanities ground the look in familiarity, while a thoroughly modern-shaped tub keeps it from being fussy.

Tips for a Traditional Color Block Bath

  • Look to the color wheel. Choose two to three colors from opposite sides for a dramatic color blocking scheme.
  • The grey toilet echoes the light shade from the floor, creating harmony in its own secluded alcove and coordinating with the seated shower base.
  • Traditional-style vanities in deep walnut help tame a riot of color and play up the room’s classic lines.

Love this look? Explore our Optic Verve Bathroom moodboard.


A Transitional Twist on the Color Block Bathroom


Designer Kim Lewis used a bright pop of magenta to create focal points in a bathroom for a client’s young daughter. “Color can seriously enhance the individuality of a room,” says Lewis, who unwittingly chose a hue similar to the one that was later announced as 2014’s Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid.

Tips for a Transitional Color Block Bathroom

  • Use the 60-30-10 rule: Choose three colors and assign them a percentage. This room has 60% white, 30% bright pink and 10% yellow.
  • White is a go-to shade that gives the eye a rest from bright hues.
  • If you’re too timid to commit to vibrant countertops, ease into bright color with easy-to-fix paint on spaces like doors and bright rugs and towels.

Love this look? Explore our Pops Of Pink Bathroom moodboard.


Clean and Contemporary Color Block Bathroom


This poolside bath is the perfect spot for a quick rinse-off after a dip, without ever losing sight of the jaw-dropping city views below. Echoing colors from the home’s exterior, a palette of mid-tone blue, cream, and chrome reflects the homeowners’ indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

Tips for a Contemporary Color Block Bathroom

  • Tile is perfect for high-traffic areas like pool baths; it’s easy to clean and can create some really dramatic color effects.
  • Gentle striations in the blue tile offer added depth to color-washed walls.
  • A wall-mounted white “floating” vanity breaks up the sea of blue while keeping the look clean, simple, and modern.

Love this look? Explore our Hollywood Poolside home tour.