If you’ve been looking at bathroom designs recently, you will have noticed that neutral tones, particularly greys, are very common. There’s a good reason for this move away from the old white standard colour scheme in bathrooms.

Keep reading to find out why grey is the new white and to get some great bathroom advice.

The Grey Revolution

The “Grey Revolution” in bathroom design is actually a practical design revolution. Neutral tones have been found to be far more useful in both aesthetic and functional terms.
This new design motif is a win-win for consumers, designers and builders, creating better and more functional bathroom spaces. Grey and neutral tones are believed to be a much better aesthetic tone compared to white, which reflects large amounts of light.

The logic of the move to neutral tones is hard to argue with:

  • White surfaces suffer from significant deterioration over time in bathrooms. This is particularly common in cases where low-quality white materials are used.
  • In practical terms, the shabby look of white surfaces is basically inevitable. Designers have been quick to point out that the best way to manage discoloured bathroom surfaces is to throw them out and replace them. Few homeowners would disagree. It’s hard to get enthusiastic about endlessly cleaning white surfaces which instantly discolour again after cleaning.
  • The new design standard is to use white design elements, rather than a white motif. The white features stand out well against a neutral background. A good bathroom design includes a softer range of reflected light from surfaces, combined with good design values.

Neutral Tones in Modern Bathroom Design

Modern bathrooms tend to have larger, more advanced layouts than old-style bathrooms and this is where neutral colours shine.

Using white as the main colour in large spaces can be jarring to look at, creating glaring surfaces that simply don’t fit. That’s why interior design specialists are turning to a new colour scheme. A combination of both neutral and mid-spectrum colours like deep greens, blues and grey create a far superior look in large spaces.

Bathroom Lighting and Neutral Tones

​These new colour schemes are supported by better lighting, both natural and artificial. Interestingly, better natural lighting is also considered to be a healthier design choice. Sunlight is believed to inhibit the growth of mould and bathroom bacterial problems.

The improved lighting also reinforces the move to neutral colours. Imagine an all-white bathroom directly exposed to sunlight. The reflected glare would be intense and would cause extreme heat build-up in the bathroom. If you use neutral colours, that problem simply doesn’t happen.

The bottom line with neutral tones is that they are a much better, healthier choice.

The Easy Way to Get a Design Makeover for Your Bathroom

​If you’re thinking of giving your bathroom a makeover, talk to Motivo Design Studios. We can help you with all aspects of bathroom design, including alternative colour schemes. Talk to us about your needs; we’ll be happy to help.