The "Anchor Color" That Will Instantly Beautify Your Bathroom

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

Indeed, not only does gray lend itself beautifully to a variety of styles—including everything from industrial to traditional, modern, bohemian, shabby chic, and minimalism—but it also hits the monochrome sweet spot between light and dark. And even though it's a neutral, there are endless tones to choose from, making it the perfect backdrop as you swap out towels, floormats, or fixtures throughout the years. Ready to see in grayscale? Get inspired by the lovely yet edgy gray bathroom ideas below. 

Industrial Meets Rustic

Rustic Bathrooms

Industrial meets rustic in this nature-inspired bathroom. The 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. 

world market Large Black And Natural Seagrass Calista Tote Basket
World Market Large Black And Natural Seagrass Calista Tote Basket $40

A Pop of Blue

Contemporary Bathrooms
Elizabeth Roberts

We love the way the hexagon floor tiles soften up the bright 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. 

Dramatic Inky Wallpaper

Luxurious Bathrooms
Nicole Hollis

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

Hygge & West Underwater World $155

Matte Black and Edgy

Minimalist Bathrooms
Handelsmann + Khaw

If your closet is completely 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, and thoroughly posh. The small vase with colorful flowers makes it inviting without throwing off the Posh Spice vibes. 

Menu Norm Oval Mirror $500

Glossy Shades of Gray

Gray Bathrooms
Amber Interior Design

With perfect proportion and shape, this is the wall-mounted sink of our dreams. And even though the contrast of the black sink immediately catches the eye, it doesn't look at all out of place. This is because it picks up on other small features 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. 

Cedar & Moss Pearl $289

Cement Floors and a Statement Wall

Gray Bathroom Décor
Amber Interior Design

Though the cement floors, black statement wall, and sleek floating shelves have a decidedly edgy look, this bathroom still feels 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. 

Gold and Geometric

Gray Bathroom Ideas
Studio DB

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

Total Grayout

Monochrome Bathrooms

We have to 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. Opt for materials like cement, glass, and marble, and then use silver finishes for a bit of shine. 

Indoor Greenery

Small Gray Bathroom Ideas
Amy Bartlam

More offbeat than the standard 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 space 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. 

Rejuvenation 5' Clawfoot Tub With Gray Exterior $3129

Monochrome Print-Mixing

Gray Bathroom Décor
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 neutral color scheme can be. Together, they're an unexpected but dazzling duo. 

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