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An easy guide to mixing bathroom fixture colors

Bathroom fixtures come in many different finishes, textures and colors and it can be difficult to know which fixture colors you can mix within your design.

The perfect bathroom finishes and fittings can be the best way to make your bathroom feel complete and unique to you and your space.

However, there are so many different factors to consider within bathroom designs that it can be difficult to narrow down just one color and finish for all of these fittings, as this color also needs to fit in with the other colors and the style of your bathroom.

That is why it is important to try and understand how and when to use multiple colors for fitting within the same bathroom to help you to create a unique and interesting design.

Otherwise, your bathroom design may become too busy and intricate, and just end up looking like your fixtures are random and unplanned, instead of modern and intentional.

All you need to know about bathroom fixtures

Whether you are remodeling your old bathroom or you are designing a new bathroom, from the ground up, there are many different design decisions to be made along the way.

Bathroom fixtures are often some of the last elements to be added to a bathroom design, but these elements can have a big impact on the overall look and style of your bathroom, and it is best to plan the design of these fixtures, as you plan the design for the rest of your bathroom.

Within the scope of bathroom design, fixtures are usually elements in the bathroom that are permanent in nature and cannot be removed or replaced easily.

Fittings, on the other hand, are elements that are included in your bathroom design in addition to these permanent fixtures.

However, for the average homeowner, this distinction is not all that important, and the general category of fixtures can include elements such as: bathtubs, sinks, toilets, taps, cabinets and even mirrors.

With this wide category of elements, it can be quite a daunting task to try and figure out how to mix and match these different elements, without your scheme becoming too overwhelming or, on the other end of the spectrum, too same-same.

Can you mix bathroom fixture colors?

The fear when trying to mix and match different colors and finishes of fixtures in smaller rooms like bathrooms is always that the room will end up looking messy and unrefined.

However, it is definitely possible to have multiple different fixtures in your bathroom and still make the space feel refined and stylish.

Mixing different colored fixtures also allows you to blend different styles within your bathroom design, to get an overall design that is unique to you and your space, but there are a few key considerations that will help you to not overpower the entire bathroom design.

The easiest way to start with a mixed fixture design, is to start with a base color first. Picking a base color that you already love or are sure that you need in the room, can be a good way to set the overall mood and design aesthetic of your bathroom.

This base color should account for about two thirds of all of the fixtures in that particular bathroom. From here, you can then mix other accent fixture colors to your bathroom design.

It is important to not overdo the number of different colors in your fixtures. This is why designers recommend that you use between two and three colors for all of your fixtures.

This gives you enough room to create some contrast and a much more interesting design in the bathroom, but will keep the overall scheme from seeming incoherent and unrefined.

When choosing these accent colors, it is also important to toe the line between coordination and contrast, to keep your overall bathroom design balanced.

For example, choosing different metal fixtures with the same finish, like a brushed look, makes the design feel thought out and put together – but ensuring that the colors of these metal fixtures are very different from one another, like nickel and copper, can help to create a visual contrast and make you decisions look intentional instead of accidental.

Different color options for fixtures

Bathroom fixtures and fittings are available in a variety of shapes and colors. Some of the most popular colors include: chrome, nickel, brass, gold and even trendy matte black colors.

Polished chrome and other polished metals are popular colors for bathroom fixtures, because this style of fixture can add a sleek, shiny look to your bathroom.

These fixtures are especially popular for modern bathrooms, as they tend to work well with contemporary cabinets and countertops.

Brushed nickel is another popular choice. This color and finish are easy to care for and maintain, as these fixtures are usually durable and will hide fingerprints easily.

The design of the actual fixture will be the determining factor for the design style in this case, as nickel is a very versatile color.

If you really want to make a striking impact with the color of your bathroom fixtures, matte black fixtures can make the perfect accent piece for any design.

These matte black features instantly pull focus to the details of your bathroom design and can give the entire room an edgy and modern look.

There are so many different styles and colors of fixtures available on the market that the choice of the best color for your bathroom design is really down to your personal preference and the look you want.

Tips for designing with mixed fixtures

Knowing where to use different colored fixtures and how to use these fixtures in a way that look designed and intentional can seem daunting, but there are a few tips and tricks that will help you to round out your bathroom designs with interesting fixture combinations.

The first way to make your mixed color choices seem more intentional is simply to repeat this choice.

Using every color in your color scheme on more than one fixture in your bathroom is a great way to connect different elements in your bathroom to each other and make the whole color scheme flow to different areas in the same room.

Even though it is a good idea to use every color at least twice throughout your fixtures, it can also be good to remember to spread these colors out over your entire bathroom.

If you cluster fixtures in the same color together in the space, you might lose some of the visual interest and impact that the contrast between the different fixtures can have throughout your entire design.

Spreading these different colors out across the entire bathroom, like using matte black framed mirrors and also matte black taps for the bath, can help to make these choices stand out and also connect different parts of your bathroom design to each other.

Another way to make your different colors seem like they belong within your bathroom design, is to take inspiration from other rooms in the house.

For example, by repeating the same drawer pulls from the living room, in the bathroom, you can create a cohesive design which flows through your entire house.

What not to do when you mix bathroom fixture colors

As important as it is to know what to do to make a bathroom with mixed colored fixtures seem coordinated and intentional, it can be just as important to know what to stay away from to avoid making bad design decisions.

Just as different colors and finishes can create visual interest and contrast within a design, do not forget that the textures of your fixtures can have this same effect.

Mixing up the textures of your different fixtures can also help you to create a unique style within your bathroom and to distinguish the different fixtures from each other.

You also do not need to worry about mixing warm and cool tones within your fixtures.

As long as each color makes sense for the style and design of your space, you do not need to worry too much about placing cool and warm metals next to each other, as they are likely to still give off the same vibe and will still look coordinated within the space.

The last important factor to consider is the difference between contrast and combat. Upping the contrast between the tones, colors and textures of your finishes is a great way to make your design less predictable and boring.

However, there are some colors, especially within metals that just do not work well together. This is often when their tones are too similar, and the design just ends up looking mismatched.

Final thoughts

The color of the fixtures in your bathroom can go a long way to create some interest and set the tone for your overall design.

Fortunately, there is no need to stick to only one color across all of these fixtures and as long as you know how and where to combine different colored fixtures, you can create a truly unique look and feel for your bathroom design.