Choose Natural Colors for Your Zen Bathroom
When creating your Zen bathroom, choose colors that harmonize with nature.
Zen design flows from the natural world like water from a spring. Bring those elements of stone, water and air into your bathroom by picking colors that reflect them. Designers commonly choose sand, taupe, gray, green and black but bright colors work, too (if you like red, use pomegranate or cranberry, not stoplight).
In addition to choosing natural colors, find a balance between light and dark colors. "People often misinterpret a Zen bathroom as a dark space," says architect Michael Morris of Morris Sato Studio in New York City, "but the light is just as important." For example, if you paint the walls taupe, enhance them with an iron vase of orange zinnias or a black granite sink.
Designer Jodi Fitzpatrick of Renata Resources in Fresno, Calif., recommends keeping the background neutral and monochromatic. She accomplishes this by painting the walls the same color as the tile. She also matches the toilet and towels to the wall color. She suggests choosing one or two beautiful objects to spotlight against the neutral background, such as a smooth stone sculpture or a richly colored landscape.
Designing a Zen Bathroom
When designing your Zen bathroom, keep the design simple and open to create a nice sense of flow.
Tips on Choosing Bathroom Colors
These tips explain how to use color to highlight bathroom design and achieve the look and feel that suits you best.
Tips for Adding Color to a Plain Bathroom
White is the usual go-to color for bathrooms in new houses. But here are some tips for bringing vibrant color into that plain bath, no matter what your budget.
Designing a Great Kids' Bathroom
Finding bathroom decor that's cool for the kiddies may be fun, but don't let that take precedence over adding important safety features.
Creative Countertops for Kids
If you're redecorating a bathroom just for the children, start with the countertops just for fun, and get them to help.
A Bathroom That Lets Kids Do It Themselves
Designing a children's bath means more than just fun decor. Use technology to turn a child-challenged bathroom into one that encourages children to be independent.
Invest in a Soaking Tub for Your Zen Bathroom
Installing a soaking tub gives your bathroom an authentic and relaxing Zen-inspired design.
Tips for Planning for a Bathroom Layout
Make the most of your space; get ideas on how best to lay out a new bathroom floor plan.
A Touch of Tuscany in the Bathroom
Whether you're seeking Old World glamour or modern flair, you can bring some Italian pizzazz into your bathroom with these expert design pointers and products.
Top design experts help you choose the right style for your classic bath.
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