In Praise of Neutral Colors….

March 2, 2012 / in

Recently, in the NKBA’s 2011 Design Trends Survey, the annual survey of its kitchen and bathroom designers, one of the trends worth noting was the use of gray in bathrooms.

According to the report:

“In kitchens, gray was used as the overall color scheme by only 9 percent of designers as we moved into 2010, but that figure has risen to 33 percent this year. The use of gray color schemes has risen just as dramatically in bath remodels.

Whites and off-whites continue to be the most popular color schemes in the kitchen and bath, followed by beige and bone. Brown is the third most popular color in kitchens and the fourth most popular in bathrooms.”

Neutral colors, like white, ivory, beige, gray and taupe are –year-in, year-out– consistently popular in bathrooms. They are timeless classics that can be dressed up and offer an excellent backdrop for more trend-conscious accents. But that doesn’t mean neutrals need to be boring. Far from it.

Check out these inspiring ideas.

Designer Candice Olsen added an antique hutch to this chic black and white bathroom to mix old and new with striking effect.

Source: HGTV (Slide 9)

This is such a little oasis with it’s spa-like influences, and calming feel.

Neutral Color Bathroom

Source: Globe & Mail

Not your style? Nothing says hip and urban like this year’s most popular material, concrete. The bathroom shown below may be a little too edgy, but keep an eye out for more use of concrete floors and modern concrete tiles, like those of David Ogassian.

Designers: Andreas Fuhrimann and Gabrielle Hächler. Source: Modedesign

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