32 green bathroom ideas and accessories to inspire you

Green bathrooms are set to be one of the biggest trends of the year - here's how to decorate with the soothing yet energising shade

Judith knew the limitations of the small space but still managed to pack in all of the bathroom essentials and add impact with a dramatic colour scheme
Published: January 18, 2022 at 12:00 pm
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Refreshing, balancing and relaxing, green bathrooms are back in fashion – and they’re a far cry from the 1970s avocado suites we love to hate!

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If you’ve been looking to transform your bathroom into a spa-like haven, green might just be the colour you’ve been looking for…

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From deep emerald green walls to olive green tiles, keep reading to discover how to use green in your bathroom decor, plus our pick of the best green bathroom ideas!

Is green a good colour for a bathroom?

‘Bathrooms are a space where we seek relaxation and serenity so it’s important to choose a colour combination that exudes tranquillity. Green is just that’ explains Chelsea Clark, Head of Brand at Lust Home.

green bathroom
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‘The colour green is renowned for its calming qualities, bringing a touch of the outdoors in and reconnecting us with nature. It creates a comforting atmosphere, and can bring a sense of harmony and balance to your bathroom.’ Chelsea adds. ‘It has deep connections to our well-being!’

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Image by Crosswater

Green bathroom tiles

If your bathroom is lacking in character, you really can't go wrong with green tiles.

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Image by Walls and Floors

If you're looking to create a soothing vibe, green marble tiles are great for looking timeless yet fresh. Although practically speaking, marble tiles are extremely hardwearing and durable, the fact that they’re a natural material means that they’ll instantly give your bathroom a relaxing, spa-like feel – perfect if you like to start and end your day somewhere that feels zen and calming.

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Green geometric tiles, on the other hand, are ideal if you’re looking to give modern ‘box’ bathrooms a sense of quirky character. You can take a traditional route and tile walls from floor to ceiling, but if you’re using cube or picket tiles, you can also experiment with layout to create interest and depth in an otherwise lacklustre bathroom.

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Grouping or zoning green tiles behind certain features in the bathroom – such as the sink, shower or bath – can make a beautiful focal point.

Try teaming the tiles with a matching shade of green wall paint if you’d like a more subtle effect, or paint the wall in a contrasting colour – like pink – if you want them to stand out.

Mandarin Stone green tiles
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If you’re decorating a particularly angular bathroom, green fan or arabesque tiles will do a great job of softening the room thanks to their curved edges.

Meanwhile, green subway tiles – also known as metro tiles – will give a bathroom a more industrial flavour thanks to their sleek but functional appearance.

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Image by Porcelain Superstore

When it comes to colours, emerald or forest green tiles will give your bathroom a moody, dramatic feel, while pale pistachio, mint or light sage tiles will make your bathroom feel lighter and brighter.

If you want to take it one step further, choosing glossy, reflective tiles can make your small space feel bigger by bouncing light around the bathroom. Mix your glossy tiles with matte ones if you want to stop your space looking too flat and one dimensional – combining contrastingly-textured tiles from the same colour palette will give you a cohesive, stylish look!

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Image by Victorian Plumbing

And, remember - if overhauling your existing bathroom tiles is an out of budget endeavour, you don't need to worry. There are actually plenty of ways you can give your old tiles a completely new look without breaking the bank.

If you’re after a quick and easy update, you can easily paint bathroom tiles with specialist chalk paint like Frenchic or Annie Sloan chalk paint – all you need to do is give your tiles a good clean with sugar soap spray before adding a lick or two of bathroom appropriate paint.

Image by Mandarin Stone
Image by Mandarin Stone

Green bathroom tile stickers are also great for breathing new life into a tired bathroom, and can be found for under £10 on sites like Amazon (these stick-on subway tiles are our favourites!). These removable stickers just need to be overlaid on top of old tiles to give them a completely new colour and design. They’re particularly great if you’re living in a rented property and want to add your own stamp to the bathroom – they'll make your house feel more like a home without causing damage, meaning you won't have to risk losing your security deposit!

Porcelain Superstore green tiles
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Equally, if you don’t have existing tiles but like the look of a tiled bathroom splashback, you can purchase tile transfer sheets or ‘tile decals’ that adhere directly to a wall, giving it a faux tiled, textured look. Look out for stickers that are waterproof and oil-proof as they will be easier to clean – these ones from Amazon are hardwearing and will create an affordable yet beautiful mosaic effect!

Green bathroom paint

Painting a bathroom green is one of the quickest ways to give it a new lease of life, but before you whip out your paintbrush, it’s worth taking some time to mull over on which shade of green you’ll go for.

Green bathroom paint
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While all green shades are rooted in nature, something like a vivid leaf green will make your space feel much more vibrant than if you were to use a deep, rich olive. Likewise, pistachio green paint will make your space feel lively, while classic jewel tones will add a sense of Art-Deco inspired opulence that works particularly well in period properties.

A faux living wall adds a quirky touch to the family bathroom. ‘I made the frame from architrave and attached chicken wire to the back,’ says Sam. ‘Then I added artificial plants from my local garden centre’
If your ideal bathroom is all about bringing the outside in, why not follow Sam and team your green walls with a faux foliage or flower wall

‘If you want to create an energetic feel to start your morning off right, opt for bold, tropical inspired palettes and invigorating shades of mint’ says Chelsea. ‘‘Smashed Avocado’ and ‘Elderflower’ paint hues will bring a refreshing and energising feel to any bathroom’ she adds.

Maison Valentina Bathroom Decor _ Petra Washbasin and Sapphire Mirror
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‘On the other hand' she continues, 'if you want your bathroom to help you unwind after a busy day, look for forest hues and deep emeralds. These will help you reconnect to nature and lends itself well to more traditional bathroom suites.’

Bathroom with green subway tiles and green paint
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Looking to add further character? Whether you’re renovating a Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian or totally modern space, you can ramp up the impact of your walls by installing wood panelling before you apply your green paint.

Good idea! Decorative floor tiles are a great way to introduce bold pattern without overpowering small rooms. Choose a monochrome palette so they’re likely to work with future décor updates
Good idea! Decorative floor tiles are a great way to introduce bold pattern without overpowering small rooms. Choose a monochrome palette so they’re likely to work with future décor updates

‘And, if you can’t decide which green to go for, why not add a sense of depth to your bathroom and use two or three complimentary shades?’ suggests Chelsea. ‘Use the lightest colour at the top, drawing eyes to the ceiling, or perhaps consider painting the ceiling in the same shade for an enveloping scheme!’

Baathroom with green paint and white tiles
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Green bathroom wallpaper

Bathroom wallpaper is back in fashion, and it’s easy to see why! Although wallpapering your bathroom was once considered a no-no, nowadays brands have the technology to create papers that don’t just look beautiful, but can also withstand the effects of dampness and steam.

Green leaf bathroom wallpaper
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Tropical-inspired papers, especially those with green banana leaf motifs, can look amazing in houses of any age. They’re great at bringing an element of the outside in, and look equally effective paired with modern and traditional fixtures alike. Why not try teaming yours with a mid-century modern bathroom furniture for a sleek, retro look?

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If you’re after something more subtle, green marble wallpaper will give your bathroom a sense of sophisticated detail without looking too busy or overwhelming. Light green marble-effect wallpaper can work especially well in a small bathroom, as it’ll stop your walls from feeling flat, yet still keep your space feeling open and airy.

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That being said, you don’t necessarily need to shy away from dark décor if you’re decorating a compact bathroom – marble-look wallpaper in a deep emerald green shade will transform your bathroom into a luxurious, cosy cocoon.

Interior of modern bathroom with white walls, concrete floor, white bathtub and shelf with creams and shampoo. Potted plants.
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Want to dip your toe into the wallpaper trend without committing to a full room makeover? Why not wallpaper your ceiling with green wallpaper to create a daring and dramatic overhead feature? Or, if that seems a little too bold, you can always make a statement with a green wallpaper feature wall. Choose a large-scale print if you want to experiment with scale in your space, or opt for something more delicate and intricate if you prefer a traditional look. Whichever route you go for, don’t forget to check out our bathroom wallpaper guide for advice, ideas and where to buy!

Catherine Rowe Designs Staffordshire Springs Emerald Green Wallpaper
Image by Catherine Rowe Designs

Mint green bathroom

Want your bathroom to have an uplifting and brightening effect on your mood?

Mandarin Stone light green tiles
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Mint green is perfect for keeping the overall feel of your space cheery but still grounded. Try pairing it with white accents for a springlike feel, or accentuate it with earth tones like taupe and wicker if you want more of a boho-inspired look.

Sage green bathroom

If you’re interested in the idea of light green bathroom décor but want to steer clear of sugary ice cream shades, sage green is the way to go.

Sage Green bathroom
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A subtle, nature-inspired shade, sage will make your space look light and open but simultaneously sophisticated, thanks to its grey undertone.

Olive green bathroom

Olive green is an earthy, yellowish-green colour that’s thought to evoke feelings of harmony, compassion and strength, making it a great choice for the space where you start your morning routine.

Image by London Tile Co
Image by London Tile Co 

The great thing about choosing olive green for your bathroom is the fact that it pairs nicely with so many colours – try teaming it with beige and tan for a subdued, grounding feel, or spice it up with navy and maroon for a more dramatic look.

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Real green bathroom makeovers

Still in need of decor inspiration? Take a look at these impressive green bathroom schemes from our real reader homes!

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Thea JeffreysDigital Writer

Thea Jeffreys is the Digital Writer on YourHomeStyle.uk, and is passionate about all things home décor. When she’s not scouring the internet for budget-friendly homeware finds, you’ll find her writing about the latest interior trends and handy upcycling tricks.

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