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More than one in three of us prefer neutrals when it comes to decorating our bathrooms
New research conducted by bathroom furniture supplier, Virtual Bathrooms, has revealed that people are wary of using bright and vibrant shades when decorating their bathroom.
Their latest survey questioned a total of 1,500 people and found that 36% would choose neutral shades when revitalising their bathroom.
The ratio was the same for both male and female participants, and across all age categories. In keeping with the minimalist theme, 21% of respondents selected monochrome as their colour scheme of choice.
Next in the list was blue, the colour most associated with water, which appealed most to 18% of those polled.
Why do people select neutral or monochrome shades?
Because we spend so much time in our bathrooms these days, it's all the more important that we make them as welcoming, relaxing and visually appealing as possible. So why do people avoid brighter colours in their bathroom?
- Natural light. Using lighter colours ensures that the natural light entering a room is maximised and enhanced, making smaller bathrooms appear more spacious. The downside of using too much of a darker colour can be that it makes a small space look even more cramped.
- Tune into any property search television programme, or search online, and the general advice if you're planning to sell is to always opt for a neutral colour scheme, and no doubt this is a top reason for choosing neutral shades in the bathroom.
Neutral does not equal boring!
Choosing a neutral palette, whether you're considering selling your home further down the line or simply prefer those shades, doesn't have to limit the colours that you use elsewhere. Bright pops of colour can really bring a bathroom to life, as Sophie Bagnall, colour expert at Dylon Fabric Dyes explains:
"Updating the furnishings in your bathroom is a simple and inexpensive way to bring a white or neutral colour scheme to life. Colour-printed blinds, statement towels or DIY-dyed bathmats can transform your bathroom from bland to bold in an instant. We use bathrooms for function rather than fun, so they can often get neglected, but adding a bright hue or a colour you use somewhere else in your home will really connect the space.
"And remember, adding colour doesn't just mean bright blue and statement reds - muted grey towels and metallic mirrors can create a chic and modern, hotel vibe."
Neutral colours can actually work to make a space feel more luxurious. A minimalist colour scheme can easily be made interesting with a little creativity. Interior stylist, Katie Sellers, spoke about her top design tips to make a plain room feel a little more lavish:
"Be creative with the manner in which tiles are laid. Vary their formation such as mixing up chevrons with brick patterns. Vertical layouts with horizontal elements. Make a feature of a shower enclosure or surrounding the bath by choosing a different colour or scale of the tile.
These deliberate choices add a more dramatic effect to the space. If you don't want to use tiling as a way of defining areas, use paint as an inexpensive alternative. Create definition within the space by colour blocking."
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