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 nine 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 Studio McGee. Done in shades of navy and crisp white, it's sophisticated and feminine without being too girly or traditional.
It provides a perfect backdrop for his and hers sinks with mixed metal fixtures—the faucets and lights are done in silver and steel, while the mirrors are a warm brass. This eclectic mix looks welcoming and casual, perfect for a beach house or second bathroom in any home.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Richly Painted Navy Walls
This gorgeous bathroom scene from Make House is proof positive that few color combos pop like white and navy. The white fixtures, wall trim, and tile floors set off the rich navy wall paint in such an inviting way. Brass fixtures add warmth, and the elegant shape of the mirror adds just a touch of traditional, 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 bathmat, some colorful framed artwork or even hand towels in a complementary color like mustard yellow, pink or sky blue.Continue to 3 of 9 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 raw wood, stone and subway tile features.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Blue Striped Wallpaper
Leave it to Ralph Lauren Home to create the most stunning and statement-making wallpaper we've ever seen in a bathroom! We spotted this jewel of a room in Elle Decor (designed by architect Achille Salvagni), photographed by Simon Upton. The vertical stripes make the walls seem taller, and we can't even imagine how luxurious it must feel to take a long, relaxing soak in this gigantic Lefroy Brooks tub.Continue to 5 of 9 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 Studio McGee 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 rug—the color plays so well with the multicolor weave. In a room that's so focused on simplicity, a bold accent piece will quickly become your favorite element.Continue to 6 of 9 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 Fireclay Tile's blog. Thanks to an artful mix of wallpaper, glossy tile a framed piece of art and white towels with navy piping, 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 each feature navy and white. Look for a wallpaper with a microprint or even a stripe, and graphic art without too many other colors. 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 9 below.
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A Stripe of Navy Tile
This inviting soaking tub scene from Boca Do Lobo is made all the more swoon-worthy because of a striking stripe of navy blue subway tiles, applied vertically, amidst a wall of square white tiles.
What's most appealing about this setup is the symmetry of the tiles and the tub placement. The stripe of navy draws the eye to the center of the tub and to the center of the room. For extra points, the designers have thrown in a navy bath towel ever-so-artfully over the edge of the tub.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Painted Navy Blue Cabinets or Vanity
Another way to add navy blue into your bathroom is to paint the cabinets or vanity. This his-and-her setup from ModaFam looks fresh and inviting thanks to marble countertops and white walls. Our favorite element of this design scheme is actually the brass drawer pulls and door handles, and how nicely they pop against the navy wood.
The overall effect in this bathroom is traditional and grown-up, even a tad preppy. We could see this combination of brass, navy and white working well in a beach house or any classic New England-style home.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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A Navy Tile Backsplash
Subway tiles are such a strong trend in bathroom design these days we really don't see them going anywhere anytime soon. But if you're looking for a way to use it that doesn't look like every other trendy home decor approach you've seen before—why not use it solely as a backsplash in an alcove?
Additionally, this muted navy tile has a much softer look than a bright, glossy blue. Also of note, the subtle addition of grey bath linens, rather than stark white towels. Altogether, this color combination in a bathroom is cozy, inviting and even slightly masculine.