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Bathed in Colour: When to Utilize Gray in the Bath

Gray is a favorite neutral to use with more attention-grabbing colors, but I have been seeing gray stand on its own own more and more in residential interiors. The trick to working with gray is to counterbalance its coolness so it doesn’t wind up feeling sterile and institutional. You can do it by adding warm timber tones or by choosing a shade of gray on the warmer end of this spectrum. Of course, when you live in a hot climate, a predominantly cool gray bathroom can feel calming.

Here are some gray paint selections that run the gamut from light to dark and cool to warm, as well as seven stylish examples of how to use gray in a bath.

Jennifer Ott Design

Gray paint picks for bathrooms (clockwise from top left):
1. Slip of Silver 139-3, Mythic Paint
2. Shadow Gray 2125-40, Benjamin Moore
3. Timeless Gray 29-23, Pratt & Lambert
4. Seattle KM3923-1, Kelly-Moore Paints
5. Dovetail SW7018, Sherwin-Williams
6. Vessel Gray 4005-2A, Valspar
7. Feldspar 554-4, Pittsburgh Paints
8. Gray Area 770F-4, Behr

Chantel Elshout Design Consultancy

I love the stunning shade of dark cool gray on this vanity. It actually brings out the gray veining in the marble floor tiles. If your toilet is cramped or underlit, then take a cue from this space’s white walls, floating and accessories contrasting-colored cupboard to make your room feel larger and airier.

The Lykos Group, Inc..

Try mixing warm and cool colors of gray for a contemporary yet timeless look. This handsome bathroom features a nice variety of colours, materials, sheens and textures.

Natural Balance Home Builders

If you elect for dark or medium gray wall and floor tiles, then consider picking tiles of different sizes, shapes and colors to keep them from looking monolithic and overbearing. Additionally, these tiles come in a warmer color of gray — going toward taupe. They make for a nice neutral background that isn’t too chilly.

Loop Design

There is quite a little cool gray tile in this toilet, but the wealthy pecan-clad cabinets help to break it up and warm it up. The gentle grayish-green walls include only a whisper of colour without contending with all the other elements.


Gray and white combine within this area, creating a calm, trendy and classy feel. There is a nice balance of dark and light here.

RD Architecture, LLC

Keep it clean and easy with large-format gray tiles plus a gorgeous big white bathtub. This trendy and modern bathroom features a minimalist spa vibe that I find attractive and tranquil. If your budget doesn’t allow for tile-clad walls, paint your walls a fetching shade of gray in an eggshell or semigloss finish rather.

BiglarKinyan Design Planning Inc..

What a gorgeous assortment of tile! Transitioning from vinyl to drywall or from one tile type to another may be tricky — especially if there aren’t any bullnose trim pieces available or you are seeking a clean, modern appearance. By cladding the whole wall in one tile, you won’t need to deal with awkward or unfinished-looking transitions.

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