Stripped-Down Bathrooms: Pulling off a Nude-Neutral Color Palette
Layering cream and beige tones with texture and organic materials can set the scene for the ultimate spa-like bath
Neutral-colored bathrooms run the gamut. Materials may range from showers clad in honed white marble to rich ebony cabinets paired with soothing shades of gray. But beige-colored baths can present a stunning neutral palette, too, setting the scene for the ultimate, spa-like ambiance.
“A monochromatic look, especially in a small room like a bath, is chic and gives the space a calm feeling,” said designer Stephanie Lindsey of Etch Design Group in Austin, Texas.
Highlighting shades of beige with other neutrals, be it ivory or caramel, can encourage a serene yet sophisticated space.
“It’s all about tone-on-tone and keeping it simple and clean,” added Deborah Naierman, a partner at ITALKRAFT, a custom millwork company based in Miami.
We asked a handful of design pros to weigh in on using nude colors in a bathroom, and they shared their top tips.
Choose Complementary Colors and Finishes
“When selecting colors, it’s all about balance. In terms of color palette, we see a lot of light taupe––warm taupe cabinets feel very luxurious with white countertops. Taupe has beige and gray in it, so you can bring some gray into the mix without it clashing. Light warm taupe with white and light concrete gray is a great combination. Keep in mind that the gray will need to have a warmer tone, especially if your taupe is very warm.
“For tile in the wet area, you can always choose a color similar to the cabinetry or the walls. You can also wrap the entire bathroom in tile. Very large format tiles are the trend right now.
“Metals are very sophisticated. Brass fixtures turn up the warmth, or you can go cooler with aluminum or nickel. Black is fun and daring. If you’re working with lacquer, try to match the hardware with the color of the lacquer so they blend in and don’t compete with the fixtures. Integrated grips instead of handles are great if you want a really sleek, modern look.”
— Deborah Naierman, partner at ITALKRAFT in Miami