We’ve all seen an abundance of white bathrooms, but what about stepping a little outside of your comfort zone and introducing some grey into your space? As a neutral and monochromatic colour, grey is timeless, calming and classy. Plus, bathrooms are often a place for relaxation and rejuvenation, so it really helps when your surroundings reflect the same calmness that you wish to feel. Not only is grey stylish but it also can help provide a relaxing space to get ready for the day or to unwind after a long day (fancy a bath, anyone?).
And the best thing about grey is that it’s just so versatile. You can use it in so many different areas of your bathroom – consider the following…
Grey bathroom tiling
If you’re looking to drastically change your bathroom, placing grey tiles on the floors or walls will give a different look to your bathroom and make it feel brand new.
Grey bathroom cabinetry
If your cabinetry is old and you’re in the market to replace what you have, by all means, change it. But if you’re just wanting a refresh, a fresh coat of grey paint will definitely do the trick!
By simply adding small decor items to your space, you can enhance contrast and bring depth into your bathroom – this is really important to break up the grey.
1. Mirror finish
Adding mirror finishes is such a clever way to incorporate some greys into your space. Just take inspiration from this classic bathroom. Plus, it also includes beautiful design elements like herringbone grey marbled tiling on the floors and halfway up the walls and grey paint and silver metallic finishes. This bathroom is all kinds of classy with the high ceilings and long curtains whilst the large freestanding bathtub looks so inviting and relaxing.
2. Modern neutrals
This bathroom is inviting and homely with its modern finishes and neutral colour palette. The walls and floor are tiled with a textured stone grey which compliments the starkness of the white bath, feature window and slick white cabinetry. And to offset the neutrals, I love how this bathroom has been styled and freshened up with some pink flowers and greenery in the corner – how fresh!
3. Mermaid vibes
It’s no secret that I absolutely love fish scale tiles. They remind me of the most beautiful mermaids tail. And what better place to feel like a mermaid than your very own bathroom?! The marbled finish of the tiles add texture and interest to the already captivating nature of the tile pattern.
I also love the addition of gold finishes as well as the built-in shelving that has been cleverly designed with a light inside of it for ease of sight, especially at night.
Honestly, these tiles are the best and there are so many different colour schemes that you can do with mermaid tiles. To see what I’m talking about, here are some stunning bathroom tile ideas that you need to see.
4. Contemporary vanity
This grey bathroom beautifully combines whites, blacks and greys altogether in a sophisticated, contemporary look. The black cabinetry is perfectly set off by the white benchtop and sink. And one of my favourite aspects of the whole bathroom is the clever use of different patterned grey tiling on the main wall and side walls. How very creative!
5. Hamptons opulence
If there’s one place in the world that I’m dreaming of visiting, it’s the Hamptons. And this beautiful Hampton’s bathroom is really giving me major wanderlust! I love how opulent and lavish this symmetrical bathroom is with white cabinetry, grey walls and marble floors which bring the main focus of the bathroom to the dark grey freestanding bathtub.
This is a place that I’d happily spend an afternoon or two relaxing with a good book and a candle burning.
This look is timeless and works in almost any location around the world because it’s extremely versatile. You can go ultra-glam Hamptons or just pair it back. See all the different variations of Hamptons bathroom design to find the right fit for your home.
6. Shiny tiles
Shiny tiles are something we often see used in pools so using them in a bathroom really gives a wet look and the feeling of being underwater. The shiny grey tiles have been used as a feature in this bathroom and it’s just divine! I love the floating white vanity along with the little white lampshades that make this bathroom look seamless.
7. Wonderful wallpaper
Another great way to bring some grey into a bathroom is by choosing a patterned wallpaper and then matching your other surfaces to your wallpaper. The classic pattern of this grey and white wallpaper looks great with the grey cabinetry, white countertop and silver metallic finishes. What a lovely place to brush your teeth and get ready in the morning.
There are no limits with bathroom wallpaper, do one wall or wrap it all around. Use it to make a standout guest powder room or to add a little bit of extra something to your master bathroom suite. But no matter what application you go with, you shouldn’t do the actual installation yourself because there is glue and trying to line up designs. Instead, leave it up to a professional wallpaper installer to do the tricky stuff.
8. Big grey tub
My eyes are immediately drawn to the big grey tub which is the feature of this modern bathroom. The width and depth of this huge bathtub is one that you could put the kids and dog in as well as just stretching out and relaxing by yourself after a long day. The simplicity of the walls and floor, along with the slatted timber bath grate work beautifully with the grandeur of the bathtub.
9. Ring light mirror
Installing a ring light is a great way to bring some natural light into your vanity area, so you can easily do your makeup! A ring light works so well in this inner-city apartment as it injects light on a grey and dreary day. Speak to an electrician to make sure you get all the safety aspects right when you’re in the installation phase of fitting your mirror.
10. Grey stone tiles
This grey stone tiled finish is urban, modern and minimalistic. And the black details such as the taps, handles, sink, cabinetry and decor items give a dark and moody feel that enhances the overall contemporary feel. I love the element of the skylight that is bringing in oodles of natural light into the otherwise dark bathroom.
11. A cosy space
The designer of this space has been able to utilise the small space fitting in the essentials. The bathtub and toilet are framed by the grey planked half wall which separates the two areas. And timber has been used to break up the whites and greys which works really well especially with the timber slab across the bathtub and floating shelf which is housing decor and a plant.
12. Moroccan tiles
Moroccan tiling is something that really makes my heart sing. This pattern is reminiscent of flower petals which brings a feminine touch however still has a hint of masculinity with the grey tones throughout. The silver handheld shower hose is as practical as it is stunning with the luxurious vintage style of the fixture. I think this could be my favourite favourite of the bunch.
13. Simple greys
This bathroom is pretty simple, however, the use of grey has given it a classy finish. The same tone of grey has been used for the walls, floors and cabinetry whilst the mirror reflects more of those spectacular greys around the room. The white toilet and sink have brightened up the space and the greenery from the faux plant brings some life into the overall bathroom atmosphere.
14. Grey feature wall
The way this grey feature wall continues through to the flooring works really well. I love the cutout shelf in the wall which is the perfect home for a little plant. Get two jobs done at once by watering your plant while you’re in the shower! The large floor to ceiling window brings lots of natural light into the space which makes this shower area light, bright and airy.
15. Farmhouse comfort
This farmhouse bathroom is welcoming and calming with the warm grey tones and family-friendly practicality. I love the way the ‘wet look’ shiny tiles have been used in the shower room which visually separates the two areas. However, the same tiling has continued from the main bathroom area through to the shower recess which seemingly brings the two areas together.
16. Clean and bright
The design in this minimalistic space has maximised the narrow bathroom space. The slick grey walls and grainy grey countertop work in perfect harmony together. And the glass shower screen makes this bathroom seem bigger and more open, especially with the bright light coming from the skylight above the shower.
17. Grey cabinetry
This homely space utilises grey successfully through the darker grey cabinetry, lighter grey walls and fuzzy grey bath mats which brings warmth and coziness into the bathroom.
Having a clock in the bathroom is also a great idea as you can keep an eye on the time as you get ready for the day or a special dinner date.
18. Apartment living
Usually, in an apartment, you have limited space to work with and this bathroom has definitely made the most of the tight space. By combining your shower and bathtub, this gives you both options without comprising any space. Although there doesn’t seem to be any storage in this bathroom, the floating sink area is sleek and stylish. Plus, the addition of the fiddle leaf fig in the corner brightens and freshens up the abundance of neutrals.
19. Concrete jungle
In the words of Alicia Keys this bathroom is a “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”. Using concrete in a bathroom does sound a little odd but it all makes sense when gazing at this bathroom image. Even though the walls and floors have been finished with concrete, there is a tranquility about this concrete bathroom that almost feels like a tropical outdoor shower with the large shower head.
20. Pearl grey limestone
The grey limestone used in this bathroom has the most beautiful pearlescent details coming through the natural characteristics of the stone. As the light is bouncing off the shiny surfaces, this brightens up the room beautifully especially with the contract of the black cabinetry and other dark details. This bathroom has many clever alcoves where all your essentials can be kept, making it an oh-so-practical space.
21. Homely master
This stunning master bathroom is all things cool, calm and collected. I love how subtle the light grey cabinetry is and how it’s paired perfectly with the grey veining in the white marbled tile. The rest of the master bathroom is mainly white which creates a calm and homely atmosphere and an overall colour palette that is timeless and will last the test of time.
22. Herringbone details
Wow, I just love the grey herringbone details of this wall that add a little something extra to the bathroom area. The tiles that have been used have a slight texture running through them which also creates interest. Using silver metallic finishes along with a grey towel will tie your grey intention together, whilst using decor items like touches of wood and greenery will bring in a natural element.
23. Marble coordination
Coordinating the tones of grey through the marble finishes with the other features of your bathroom help to tie everything together. The same tones from the marble have been represented in the cabinetry, silver finishes and striped shower curtain. And the pop of yellow in the floral arrangement really brings a happy feel to the greyscale colour palette.
24. Patterned shower
The tiles used inside this shower are heavily patterned however it works well with the space as most of the other surfaces are block colours. The random and almost ‘out of place’ elements such as the blue towel, greenery and brown stool give this bathroom more of a family-friendly feel. As we all know in a real family bathroom, things don’t stay matching and uniform for very long.
25. Feminine touch
This elegant space incorporates a feminine touch with the use of the grey and white oversized floral wallpaper. Without bringing this touch of femininity in, the space would appear rather masculine with the bold choices in the grey cabinetry and large marbled tiling.
26. Charcoal grey
Charcoal grey plays a huge part in the composition of this bathroom. The design choices in this space remind me of a locker room, gym or even a spa bathroom with the minimalistic and practical approach. I particularly love the choice of black towels which are rolled up and give a lovely luxe hotel vibe.
27. Grey warmth
The use of grey in this bathroom has been warmed up with warm coloured LED lights and timber finishes. The built-in shelves are extremely useful as you everyone in the family can have a shelf each or you could even categorise your shelves by putting face products on one, and hair products on the other.
28. Small space
This small space has been made to appear larger with the addition of a large mirror which opens up the bathroom. The timber shelving fixtures are a great idea as you could use these for storage or displaying your favourite decor pieces. The open rectangular vanity also coincides with the shelving as it houses the towels.
29. Light grey and airy
The light grey finishes in this bathroom give an airy and open space feel. Almost every element of this bathroom is a shade of grey which has been executed well. As always, I love the addition of the greenery which adds to the airiness of the space and brings a pop of colour into the room.
30. Tranquil greys
The design of this bathroom is so tranquil and divine with the use of various greys on the walls and floor. Plus, I love how the dark grey is contrasted against the timber finish where the bathtub and toilet are situated. The timber finish reminds me of a sauna, so this bathroom really creates a warm and relaxing space!
31. A place by the window
What a fabulous airy bathroom with amazing natural light coming through the windows. A grey tinted shower glass with a plaited pattern gives privacy to the shower. And the diamond floor tiling feature works well with the shower screen pattern. Plus, the wallpaper on either side of the window brings the garden inside.
32. Relaxation in simplicity
Clean, bold lines give this functional bathroom a tidy, no nonsense look. The recess in the wall gives a perfect spot to shelve bathroom products. The larger wall tiles are easy to keep clean. And the darker grey tone means the tiles will look as good as new for years to come.
33. Grey floors and walls
My eyes are immediately drawn to the floating wooden and white vanity, highlighted by a modern hanging bulb light. Clever lighting under the cabinet lightens up the dark grey tiles that merge from floor to walls and the clear shower screen makes the shower area blend seamlessly into the rest of the bathroom.
34. Grey with greenery
Hardy succulents and hanging vines really make a bathroom come alive. They love the moisture and steaminess and bathroom plants seem to thrive in this environment. The wall shelves provide extra space to add plants and other pieces of decor to this small basic bathroom.
35. On trend details
This Bali inspired bathroom has teemed the grey tile with wood and cane. The ladder towel rail saves drilling into the wall and can be moved outside to dry towels in the sun. The mirror is an amazing addition and doubles as an art piece as well as a functional mirror.
The large grey tiles on the wall and the side of the bath are so much easier to keep clean than smaller tiles that require more grouting.
36. Urban greys
This sleek bathroom features lots of clean, strong lines and soft greys that almost seem white. The shower screen disappears into the background and it is in a clever position in front of the bath. And the mirrored cupboard doors have a dual purpose. The only downside is that fingermarks can be annoying over time – so keep it sparkling clean!
37. Grey tones
The grey tones in this marble benchtop and the tiled mirrored wall provide a perfect privacy partition for the bath area behind. This vanity shows you can fit two basins into a small area. Plus, I just love the contrast of the brass taps.
38. Silver finishes
Silver and grey pair perfectly together to create this very stylish and functional bathroom. Using shelves to display minimal knickknacks bring a personal touch to this bathroom. And the lights over the silver-framed mirrors give clear vision for gazing at yourself.
39. Subtle grey
With the grey so subtle, this bathroom looks almost white… But don’t be fooled – the grey flooring and window frames give the design a lovely definition. While the room is narrow, the design uses clever sleek fittings to make it look larger than it really is. Plus, the freestanding basin is quirky and cute!
40. Speckled walls
The speckled wall behind the lovely round mirror gives a subtle softness against the stark black of the benchtop and white of the basin. The white vase and flowers and white fluffy towel add a beautiful homely touch. Plus, the countertop square basin really stands out under the round mirror.
Whether you’re looking to bring some calm into your bathroom, trend up your space or go for a full bathroom renovation, grey is the colour to use! My favourites are the different tiling options like the fish scale, herringbone and Moroccan styles. What are your favourite ways to incorporate grey? Let me know below!