The "Anchor Color" That Will Instantly Beautify Your Bathroom

BathroomsВ are best when kept clean and organized,В which means useable space should be maximized and clutter should be minimal. That being said, you want the master bathroom to be conducive toВ relaxation andВ the powder room toВ make a good impression onВ guests.В The best way to satisfy both ofВ these priorities is by honing in on an anchor color that's neutralВ andВ full ofВ range yet slightly offbeat:В gray.

Indeed, not only does gray lend itself beautifullyВ to a variety of styles-including everything from industrial to traditional, modern, bohemian, shabby chic, andВ minimalism-but it also hits theВ monochrome sweetВ spotВ between light and dark. And even though it's a neutral, there are endlessВ tonesВ to chooseВ from,В making it the perfect backdropВ as you swap out towels, floormats, or fixtures throughout the years. Ready to see in grayscale? Get inspired by the lovely yet edgyВ gray bathroom ideas below.В

Industrial Meets Rustic


Industrial meets rustic in this nature-inspired bathroom. TheВ floating wood shelf not only adds some extra storage space, but it also brings in a nice contrast in materials. Since everything is built into the walls and customized to suit the style of the space, there's also a very organic, seamless, and authentic sense of personality.В

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A Pop of Blue

Elizabeth Roberts

We love the way the hexagon floor tiles soften up the brightВ white subway wall tiles and the casual step stools are a nice way to bring in some warmth. It's the perfect backdrop for pretty much any design trend, so if you want to add some color and play with your personal style, do so with your towels and textiles.В

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Dramatic Inky Wallpaper

Nicole Hollis

This bathroom is a lovely mix of traditional design withВ just enough contemporary touches to keep it current, like the clean-lined vanityВ with light wood drawers. AndВ while this space would look beautiful withВ some color, we love that the designer opted for inky-hued wallpaper since the intricate scenes painted on it add enough drama in grayscale.В

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Matte Black and Edgy

Handelsmann + Khaw

If your closet is completelyВ comprised of black and you want to carry that over to your bathroom aesthetic, take note from the powder room above. Matte black and cement combine to look edgy, sleek, andВ thoroughly posh. TheВ small vaseВ with colorful flowers makes it inviting without throwing off the Posh Spice vibes.В

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Glossy Shades of Gray

Amber Interior Design

With perfect proportion and shape, this is the wall-mounted sinkВ of our dreams.В And even though the contrast of the black sink immediately catches the eye, it doesn'tВ look at all out of place. This is because itВ picks up on other small featuresВ throughout the space, like the small black canister and door handle. The pendant light is another standout, which really pops against the texture-rich tiles in 50 shades of gray.В

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Cement Floors and a Statement Wall

Amber Interior Design

Though the cement floors, black statement wall, and sleek floating shelves have a decidedly edgy look, this bathroom still feelsВ totally approachable and liveable. The classic Persian rug adds a touch of color and a lot of warmth, while the woven storage basket and containers have a more bohemian vibe.В

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Gold and Geometric

Studio DB

Gray doesn't have to be all doom and gloom, as evidenced in this airy and light bathroom. The repeatingВ motifВ of the tiles and long angular sconces are reminiscent of Art Deco design while the marble floors and surfaces sprinkle in some contemporary glamor. TheВ goldВ details really pop when set against the cool gray tones.В

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Total Grayout


We have toВ hand it to this bathroom for staying so on theme. If you love minimal, sleek, and monochrome interiors, don't be afraid of committing to all-gray everything.В Opt for materials like cement, glass, and marble, and then use silver finishes for a bit of shine.В

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Indoor Greenery

Amy Bartlam

More offbeat than the standardВ white porcelain option, yet softer than an inky black one, you can't go wrong with a gray clawfoot tub. The white walls are a great way to brighten up this small spaceВ while the hexagonal floor tiles and plush towels create cohesion by picking up on the bathtub. Since there isn't a ton of natural light, the indoor plant is a nice way to bring the bathroom to life.В

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Monochrome Print-Mixing

Amy Bartlam

Though there are very few frills and extras in this bathroom, it's bursting with personality. This is thanks to the fun print-mixing happening on the floors. The modern floor tiles complement the diamond motif runner, which also proves how rich a color a neutralВ color scheme can be. Together, they're an unexpected but dazzling duo.В

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