Of all the spaces in the home that you can decorate, is it weird that the bathrooms might be our favorite? These small rooms—especially powder rooms and half baths—can inspire so much creativity and whimsy, mostly because they feel a bit separate from the rest of the house. We love using big swaths of color, wallpaper, and quirky art to make bathrooms and powder rooms feel unique and sophisticated.
Right now, our favorite way to add color and contrast to a bathroom is by incorporating elements of navy blue—whether that's an opaque coat of paint, a printed wallpaper, a small accent or a tile element.
Ahead, we'll show you eighteen ways you can use navy blue in your bathroom for an elegant and eye-catching aesthetic. This navy blue vanity and mirror combination from Fox Hollow Cottage is a great inspiration starting point.
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White and Navy Floral Wallpaper
It's hard to express just how much we love this simple floral wallpaper spotted from Maite Granda. Done in navy and crisp white shades, it's sophisticated and feminine without being too girly or traditional.
It provides a perfect backdrop for his and hers sinks with mixed materials—the faucets are done in silver and steel, while the vanity has a wood finish. This mix looks welcoming and casual, perfect for a beach house or second bathroom in any home.Continue to 2 of 18 below.
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Navy Tile Floor
This gorgeous bathroom scene from Britt Design Studio is proof positive that few color combos pop, like white and navy. The white window treatment, walls, and vanity set off the rich navy tile floors in such an inviting way. The tile pattern adds just a touch of artistic, almost preppy energy.
On its own, this design scheme is simple and striking. But if you're looking for a way to take this kind of look to a more playful, personalized state—try adding a colorful bath mat, some colorful framed artwork, or even hand towels in a complementary color like mustard yellow, pink, or sky blue.Continue to 3 of 18 below.
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Paint Just the Door Navy Blue
We love the subtle addition of a navy blue bathroom door that we found via Style By Emily Henderson. This particular hue, which is somewhat muted while also being a bit shiny, works well with this bathroom's gold hardware, stone, and subway tile features.Continue to 4 of 18 below.
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Blue Elaborate Wallpaper
We spotted this stunning jewel of a room designed by Britt Design Studio and can't look away. The delicate, elaborate pattern of light blue designs overlaying a navy blue backdrop feels oh so elegant, and we can't even imagine how luxurious it must feel to get ready looking in this stunning ornate gold mirror.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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A Navy Blue Accent Chair
A pop of color can make all the difference in a clean, crisp mostly-white bathroom. Filled with beautiful natural light, this master bath from Michelle Berwick Design is given a touch of whimsy and style thanks to a bright navy accent chair.
What ties this striking chair together with the room is the playful tile. In a room that's so focused on simplicity, a bold accent piece will quickly become your favorite element.Continue to 6 of 18 below.
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Blue and White All Over
Navy and white work together on a large scale, but we especially love how they play together in a mix of textures in a small area, like this bathroom wall we discovered via Becca Interiors. Thanks to an artful mix of wallpaper, marble vanity counter, and brass hardware, this bathroom's interpretation of the classic navy-and-white combination is fresh and unique.
You can make this idea your own simply by finding your own way to combine multiple pieces that feature navy and white. Look for a wallpaper with microprint or even a stripe, and even consider painting the baseboards a navy hue. White towels with a navy monogram will add softness, and if you're really up for a makeover, covering half the wall in a glossy navy subway tile will make this bathroom look truly spectacular.Continue to 7 of 18 below.
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Whimsical Navy Wallpaper
This inviting bathroom from K Shan Design is made all the more swoon-worthy because of the playful wallpaper featuring navy tree leaves and vibrant oranges surrounding the shower comprised of white subway tiles.
What's most appealing about this setup is the cheerful feel of the wallpaper print paired with framed art and vintage rattan statement light piece. Everywhere you turn, the space has something new to capture your attention.Continue to 8 of 18 below.
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Painted Navy Blue Cabinets or Vanity
Another way to add navy blue to your bathroom is to paint the cabinets or vanity. This his-and-her setup from Charlie Interior Design looks fresh and inviting, thanks to the sleek white countertops and white walls. Our favorite element of this design scheme is actually the vintage silver faucets and how nicely they pop against the subway tile backsplash.
The overall effect in this bathroom is traditional and grown-up, even a tad preppy. We could see this combination of silver, navy, and white working well in a beach house or any classic New England-style home.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Moody Navy Combination
Navy and white (and frankly, most light neutral colors) are such a strong color combo. However, pairing navy with darker shades can open up plenty of possibilities, like in this bathroom by Mary Patton Design.
This muted navy wallpaper has a much softer look than a bright, glossy blue. Also of note is the pairing of dark gray geometric shapes along with the deep blue. Altogether, this color combination in a bathroom is cozy, inviting, and even slightly masculine.Continue to 10 of 18 below.
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Navy Color Design on Half the Wall
If you aren't wanting to cover the entire wall with navy, you can opt for something a bit more understated, like in this bathroom by D Burns Interiors. The blue leafy print makes up the upper half of the design, with white panel wainscotting for the lower half. The result feels traditional and timeless.Continue to 11 of 18 below.
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Navy Blue Wood Panneling
Navy and white come together again in this bathroom by Emily Henderson. The crisp, white clawfoot bathtub looks remarkable when contrasted with the dark wood paneling behind it—in a regal shade of navy, no less. The marble-esque tile on the floor only adds elegance to the space.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Navy Accent Wall Art
Another striking example of navy blue wood panels is used in this bathroom by Michelle Berwick Design. In addition to the accent wall and white accents, some smaller framed pieces of art, also including the blue hue, help liven up the space.Continue to 14 of 18 below.
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Navy Feature Wall
While some bathrooms may keep their accent walls behind their vanity, we love this approach captured by Margaret Wright Interior + Lifestyle Photography. The navy blue accent is on the left wall, contrasting the rest of the white subway tile covering the remaining part of the bathroom. Adding a few pegs to the navy makes it an ideal place to hang towels that is functional yet chic.Continue to 15 of 18 below.
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Bring in the Blue
This bathroom by Tyler Karu Design doesn't hold back on the navy—and we love it. Combining the navy and white pattern tile with solid navy paint on the lower half of the wall is already a striking impression, but the addition of modern art on the wall that uses the same hues? Brilliant.Continue to 16 of 18 below.
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This traditional style bathroom designed by Tyler Karu Design opted to use navy in an underrated way—the trim and doors are painted with the deep, rich hue. Paired with the marble sink and silver faucets, the space is a class act, indeed.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Navy Paint With Square Tile
This bathroom by White Sands uses navy in the form of paint on the upper half of the wall, with square white subway tile making up the lower half. The application of the navy paint appears artistic, almost cloudy and gives the space a modern feel.