Gray is an understated neutral color that is timeless and classic for a reason. Easy on the eyes, it is versatile enough to work with virtually any design style, from traditional to industrial to contemporary. Gray can be warm, cool, light, or dark. Depending on the tone and shade you choose, gray can fade into the background or set the mood.
Using gray paint for a primary bathroom or a powder room can create an elegant, calming feel. But you can also mix and match flooring, backsplash and shower tiles, and textiles such as rugs and towels in fun and unexpected ways to create a lively gray-toned space.
Check out these stylish bathrooms in a range of styles and sizes that prove that decorating with gray is anything but boring with a little effort and imagination.
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Use Chalk Paint
This bathroom from Annie Sloan has soothing medium toned gray walls, a painted gray clawfoot tub, and a chalk paint checkerboard pattern on the hardwood floor that complement the timeless room filled with retro-style fittings and soft pink accents.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Contrast With Warm Metals
This Huntington Beach, California bathroom from Laura Brophy Interiors has deep gray lightly textured walls that are contrasted with smooth warm gold-toned plumbing fixtures that catch the light from the window and add a shiny contrast.
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Create a Luxe Spa Feel
This beachfront home from Lisa Kahn Designs has a spa-like feel with its massive gray marble shower that creates a luxurious sense of zen. The stone continues onto the flooring for a seamless look.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Add a Coastal Twist
Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design chose a soft blue-gray wallpaper with an illustrated rope pattern to complement a weathered gray wood vanity, marble sink, silver-toned accents, and an oval beveled round mirror in this Maine beach house bathroom.
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Saturate the Walls
This Connecticut powder room from Becca Interiors is enveloped in a dark shade of gray, from the shiplap walls to the moldings and window shutters, giving the small space a sense of dimension and making the freestanding vintage-style sink pop. A classic gray-and-white checkerboard floor is a nod to the home's classic bones that lightens things up a bit.
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Combine Tones and Patterns
While you can use a single shade of gray to create a cohesive monotone look, Jean Liu Design played with tones and patterns, adding texture to this lively bathroom.
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This bathroom from Fantastic Frank uses large format gray tiles on the bottom half of the wall and flooring to ground the space, leaving the upper half of the wall white to add balance and luminosity.
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Paint the Shiplap
This modern farmhouse bathroom from Kate Marker Interiors has painted gray shiplap walls that soften the space and complement the light hardwood floors.
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Waterproof the Plaster
This tiny powder room from Kate Marker Interiors has a gray washable and waterproof Tadelakt plaster treatment rendered in Benjamin Moore’s Ashwood Moss. Moody walls are contrasted with a brass-toned mirror and lighting, matte black wall-mounted faucet, and a limestone-effect sink.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Hang Patterned Wallpaper
This petite Swedish powder and laundry room from Fantastic Frank has gray wallpaper in a damask pattern that adds a touch of classic elegance to the room where you least expect it.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Multiply the Variations
This understated bathroom from Cathie Hong Interiors uses four different shades, styles, and sizes of gray tile from the floor to the shower pan to the shower walls and nook to create an overall soothing look. A putty gray painted ceiling ties all the grays together.
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Paint the Ceiling
This petite powder room from Desiree Burns Interiors has gray-and-white patterned wallpaper, a light gray door, and a dark gray ceiling that emphasizes its cozy feel.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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A whispery shade of pale gray paint, light gray penny tiles on the floor, and chrome accents on the retro-style fixtures give this bathroom from Erin Williamson Design a timeless look.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Veer Toward Taupe
This light and luminous little bathroom from Desiree Burns Interiors uses shades of taupey gray on the walls and sink vanity that marries well with a gray-and-white patterned tile floor and is lifted by shiny bronze- and brass-toned accents.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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Pair Complementary Tiles
Cathie Hong Interiors used different tiles in shades of gray on the walls and floor that are complemented with a honey-toned wood sink vanity, and accented with a metal wall sconce in two shades of pink.
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Mix Wallpaper and Tile
This gray-toned bathroom from Kate Marker Interiors mixes gray patterned wallpaper, marble wall tiles, small-scale floor tiles, and a gray shower curtain to create a harmonious but multi-layered look.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Layer It Up
This bathroom from Tyler Karu Design and Interiors has a mix of gray finishes from the shower surround to the floor to the walls to the Turkish towels hanging at the ready.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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Add Natural Accents
This bathroom from Mindy Gayer Design Co. mixes marble wall tiles with gray-and-white patterned floor tile, adding warmth with natural accents on the pendant lamp and window shade.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Use Glass Accents
This small bathroom from Fantastic Frank is bathed in a soothing shade of medium-toned gray paint that is lifted with brass toned accents. A glass shelf displaying amber bottles catch the light and add a sense of lightness.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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Use Silver Accents
This bright and shiny bathroom from JLA Designs mixes pale gray penny tile flooring with gray subway tiles with a thick paler gray grout, but it's the light-reflecting silver leaf gray patterned wallpaper that brings the bling.