Buy colorful, off-the-shelf window treatments and shower curtains, or consider custom. "That way you can pick pretty fabric that goes with your color scheme and coordinate it to look nice with something on the wall," says LaDonna. "There are lots of options when you go the custom route." If you have one of those bathrooms with the rare empty wall, consider tacking a bright, batik bedspread to cover it, hanging straight down or in easy folds. "Use the top of the toilet for bright, fun items," says Cy. He, for example, placed a bright yellow vase on the toilet tank that picked up other colors in the bathroom and holds corn husk flowers he got on vacation. He also decoupaged fake vases on the wall behind the tank and says his Ugly Duckling bathroom is now his favorite room of the house.
Black and white, this classic color combination works well for a color scheme for any style of bathroom – from the very traditional to the very contemporary (and everywhere in between and aside). Let's just take a minute to appreciate the lovely wiry chandelier in the background here, shall we? Warmed up grey-blue and white, one way to warm up your lighter bathroom color scheme is to incorporate warm contrasting shades into the space – blue and orange are complementary colors, so this antique brass or bronzed mirror frame and firey-hued flora really bring the bathroom to life. Charcoal grey and white, modern and sexy, this color combination adds an almost romantic vibe to the bathroom. Letting your fixtures (sink, tub, shower, and toilet) serve as the white component of the color scheme enhances the minimalism of a contemporary space and contrasts beautifully against a moody hue.
He recommends haunting estate and garage sales for bathroom art. "That's where you find that weird art like those little oils Aunt Martha painted. Think, 'Oh my gosh, there's a clown with a knife in his hand! Let's buy that and put it in the bathroom.' It's nice to see something to make you giggle in the morning." Of course, even the zaniest art should have at least one element that picks up other colors in the room, says LaDonna. And what should those colors be? Often, you're limited by the hard-and-fast items in the room, like the '60s style pastel tiles, says LaDonna. "When you add other colors, they'll have to complement, but the right selection can update the design and downplay the colors you don't like." Today's popular chocolate-brown accessories, from towel racks to curtains, for example, give old-style pastels a fresh look, says LaDonna.
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