Avocado bathrooms: Why the 70s trend is officially back on the scene

Time was when an avocado-green bathroom marked you out as someone with dreadful, stuck-in-the-70s bad taste. Oh, how things have changed…

Beyond the pale

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Darren Chung/DCP ltd

If floor-to-ceiling avocado green is too bold for you, try combining it with a paler hue. Here a green paint pigment has been mixed with a traditional lime plaster to soften the look and give the walls a tactile feel, offset with natural woods and tonal colours. Vanity unit, £7,182, bath tub, from £3,420, and pendant light, £438, all drummonds-uk.com. For a similar paint, try Angelica, bauwerk.com.au

Texture clash

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Jose Hevia

Tempted to go avocado to the max? Opt for a minimal design that allows the colour to do the talking. Balance darker tones with accents of marble or stone to reflect light and choose brass accessories to keep the look warm. For a similar tap try astonmatthews.co.uk, and for a similar paint colour try Bancha, farrow-ball.com. 

Top-to-toe tiles

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Nika Vorotyntseva

Here the uniformity of pale green tiles on the floor and walls creates a striking geometric backdrop. The graphic lines of the cool white accessories keep the look clean and contemporary. You could also try mixing tiles in contrasting shades of green or adding a pattern formation to create focal points. For similar tiles, try bertandmay.com.

The rule of three

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Boundary Space

A good guide when it comes to decorating is to stick to a palette of three main colours. This works especially well if the colours are alternating shades of the same palette. Here a statement green bath tub is balanced by the sage and forest tones used on the back walls and architectural details. This is a simple way of adding texture and depth to a space. For a similar freestanding bath, try drummonds-uk.com.

Mix and match shades 

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Mandarin Stone

Green is the go-to for adding a fresh, calming and restorative vibe to a space. Being at the centre of the colour spectrum, it works well with the majority of other hues, from pastels to dramatic darks. Here, floor-to-ceiling tiles are paired with metallics and alternating shades of green, adding depth and warmth to the room. Wall tiles, from £39.39 per sq m, and floor tiles, from £48 per sq m, mandarinstone.com. For a similar bench, try ikea.com.

Shop the look

Fancy just a hint of greens? Then check out these tasty picks

Hanging planter, £11.25, trouva.com 

Bin, £20.99, wayfair.co.uk 

Towels, from £2, marksandspencer.com 

Storage unit, £145, connox.co.uk 

Tile, £6, bertandmay.com 

Basket, £35, laredoute.co.uk 

Bathmat, £12.99, hm.com 

Avocado & Coconut hand set, £21.50, oliverbonas.com 

Tap, from £513.70, dornbracht.com 

Bench, £295, madeindesign.co.uk 

Bench, £295, madeindesign.co.uk

Coat pegs, £26 each, smallable.com


Report by Nicole Gray