Elevated Fixtures: How to Add a Splash of Colour to your Bathroom


Colour is an important aspect in bathroom design and is integral when it comes to creating a calming space.

Bathrooms from an important part of any home – a space where aesthetic appeal and technical prowess meet. It is often a place used to relax and unwind after a busy day, which is why the use of colour is so important here. As an international visual language, colour enables architects and designers to communicate a concept or set a mood through interior design, so it comes as no surprise that calming neutral colours such as beige, light grey or ivory, are often favoured when creating a timeless yet modern bathroom sanctuary.

Colours that spark joy

  • Sand and nude tones: They create a feeling of warmth and balance a space – perfect for those wishing to inject a sense of calm and harmony to their bathroom.
  • Grey tones: From cool to warm, grey comes in a wide range of shades. Accessories in red, yellow or turquoise harmonise especially well with this hue.
  • Pastel colours: Light blue, pink, mint and similar shades lend a sense of lightness and well-being to a room. They look particularly beautiful when paired white appliances.

Consistency within a colour scheme delivers not only a refined design aesthetic, but also creates harmony and cohesion.

International bathroom experts Geberit recommend using classic shapes and colours when it comes to sanitary installation elements and ceramics, and soft, warm colours when designing the walls. Classic white washbasins and WCs with look particularly sophisticated when combined with neutral colours.

A few things to keep in mind:

Here’s what you should consider when adding a splash of colour, according to Geberit‘s experts:


Colour shade variance comes from the different materials used in production. This poses challenges when matching metal and/or plastic accessories with ceramic fixtures.


The choice of bathroom finishes can also impact colour consistency across the bathroom. Tapware, shower handles, and other bathroom hardware are available in a variety of finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze and stainless steel. While it is relatively easy to find matching accessories for popular finishes such as chrome, this is not the case for every finish type.

Designers may also want the freedom to support multiple finishes in one space. When selecting finishes, consider the amount of cleaning and maintenance required. For example, chrome is prone to fingerprint marks and water spots whereas brushed nickel is relatively easy to maintain and clean. On the other hand, a copper finish may require more care throughout its life, but develops an attractive natural patina. Improper care or an inferior quality finish can result in fading and cracking, which can compromise the overall look and feel of the bathroom.


The Geberit Option Mirror range features illuminated mirrors and mirror cabinets which can create a perfect sanctuary and ambiance for any bathroom.

The way the human eye perceives the colour of objects can depend on lighting. Accordingly, the colours of objects will not look the same throughout the day. In spaces exposed to plentiful sunlight, as the amount and angle of the sun changes, so will the colours in the bathroom. Where there is artificial light, the type of light bulb can alter the colours in a room.

True design freedom

Matching accessories with tapware finishes can be difficult as not every individual item in the bathroom is perfectly identical, particularly in terms of colour. While colour matching taps and accessories has been the traditional focal point of bathroom design, Geberit offers a new approach.

Geberit’ s new Sigma50 and Sigma60 flush plates can complement the design aesthetics of any bathroom.

By matching the flush button with the toilet, an overall impression of cohesiveness can be achieved. The architect and designer have complete freedom to explore their colour options in tapware and other accessories without the challenge of matching multiple elements in the bathroom. Geberit aims to achieve coherence through material likeness, matching the white colour surfaces gives an overall impression of harmony and cohesion within the space.

Geberit Monolith Plus

Design trends calling for monochromatic colour schemes and bold colour statements. Geberit’ s Monolith Sanitary Modules are now available in the following new finishes: Lava Glass, Concrete and Stoneware Glass. The integrated odour extraction unit, intelligent sensor technology and the especially convenient flush actuation are only three of its many virtues.

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