Subdued Bathroom Colors Reign in 2010

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

traditional white bathroomColors in bathrooms this year are taking a neutral stance. Beiges and bone colors are the most popular choices when it comes to bathroom color choices, followed by whites and off-whites, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s trends report for 2010.

Here are other popular options for bathrooms in 2010, according to NKBA.

Design style: Traditional styles dominate, followed by contemporary (a distant second).

Flooring materials: Ceramic and porcelain tile are the most popular selections.

Vanity tops: Granite, followed by quartz and marble, top the vanity options.

Faucet finishes: Brushed nickel is the most popular choice, followed by bronze and stainless steel.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Does it mean that the bathroom fashion and color choices will change to, say, pastel colors in 2011???

    I genuinely believe that most people do NOT paint their bathrooms by what is considered trendy colors in some circles like Kitchen and Bath, although they might consider the suggestions if they are interesting enough.

    Most people choose colors suggested by little Johnny and little Emma provided those colors meet the approval of Mrs. Mother and Mr. Father. In other words, most people choose colors based on their individual tastes, preferences, color of furniture, and most likely they do not change colors every year to follow the fashion.

  2. I’m in agreement with Vivianne – all colors are a personal choice. Someone I know read that turquoise was THE color this year for those stash-all canvas carry bags and she wanted to run out to buy one. Seriously – who cares except the stores trying to sell them!

    Buyers I have worked with are not crazy with loud, bright colors. Beiges are a good choice but I’ve been running into more buyers who comment favorably on the “nature” colors – not dark, not light, but somewhere in the middle.

    Pick what colors you like while you’re living in the home, but be prepared to possibily change your wall colors when you plan to sell.

  3. What colors homeowners live with before contemplating selling can be very different from what colors the house needs to be to appeal to the most buyers possible. Linen white, beiges, pale greens, gray-greens, are all well-accepted colors with buyers.
    But as a stager, I find the trendy colors are great as accents to give the home an updated feel — recently, orange and lime green have been popular, and red is always a warm color that gives liveliness to a room. This year, purple and gray are purported to be the new trendy colors, and I see signs of those colors popping up in home decor magazines, and in paint colors. As I see more of those colors, I’ll start bringing them in to sellers’ homes to give that “wow” factor.