THE VILLEROY&BOCH COLOUR CONCEPT
Start your day with a refreshing breeze of blue in the bathroom. Or end the evening in a haven of peaceful forest green. With the right colour concept, you can feel and enjoy your bathroom with all your senses.
And choosing the perfect colours and materials is very easy – with some colour facts, inspiration and tips from designer Gesa Hansen. Try it out!
The colour wheel
Plans start with inspiration
You can use colour to create a cosier and more homely atmosphere in your bathroom. Choose the shade that instantly appeals to you from our colour wheel. We will take you on a journey into a world of colour, brimming with ideas, inspiration and tips. Discover: tender pink, vibrant red, warm yellow, natural green, peaceful blue, earthy greige
ARTIS – COLOUR AT ITS MOST BEAUTIFUL
The Artis surface-mounted washbasins impress with a wide selection of colours and shapes. Choose your perfect model from ten colours and four shapes. Add striking or subtle highlights in your bathroom, the filigree design of the
basin will create an even more beautiful look.
"Colour can change almost anything: the atmosphere, dimensions or definition of a room".
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Four easy ways to combine colours
Whether you want to combine one, two or three colours – harmonious selection is the golden rule. Our four colour schemes will help you create atmospheric effects every time. Simply use the colours from the colour wheel.
With the monochrome colour scheme, the colour nuances of an individual main colour are used. In colour nuances the bathroom feels calmer than if only one colour is used everywhere - and the accessories are much easier to adapt.
Beim Monochromen Farbschema werden Farbnuancen einer einzelnen Haupt-Farbe verwendet. In Farbnuancen wirkt das Bad ruhiger, als wenn nur eine Farbe vollflächig verwendet wird – und die Accessoires lassen sich viel leichter anpassen.
To create a complementary contrast, two colours are chosen that are opposite each other on the colour wheel. One of the two colours is used more as an accent, since otherwise the effect can be too jarring.
Beim Komplementär-Kontrast werden zwei sich gegenüberliegende Farben aus dem Colour Wheel ausgesucht. Eine der beiden Farben sollte dabei eher als Akzent genutzt werden, sonst kann leicht ein zu schriller Effekt entstehen.
Here, colours that lie directly adjacent to each other on the colour wheel are used. The analogue colour scheme is often found in nature; it is a harmonious, risk-free design style, especially if the strong colour is used to create accents and the calmer colour for larger areas.
Hier werden Farben verwendet, die im Colour Wheel direkt nebeneinander liegen. Das analoge Farbschema findet man oft in der Natur, es ist eine harmonische, risikofreie Gestaltungsweise – besonders wenn man die starke Farbe als Akzent benutzt und die ruhigere Farbe für größere Flächen.
The triadic colour scheme is the boldest, using 3 colours from different sectors of the colour wheel. With muted colours, however, this will never become garish and striking, but instead looks harmonious.
Das triadische Farbschema ist das mutigste, dazu werden 3 Farben aus verschiedenen Sektoren des Color Wheels gewählt. Bei gedeckten Farben wird dies aber nie schrill und plakativ werden, sondern wirkt trotzdem harmonisch.
DOWNLOAD COLOUR CONCEPT
Download the colour wheel and colour concepts. You can then print them, create moodboards or simply use them as a source of inspiration.
10 expert tips from the designer
Gesa Hansen’s recommendations for great colour concepts
Used correctly, colour can create amazing effects. Colour can make bathrooms look bigger, more welcoming and cosier. Or the opposite.
COLOUR CREATES A HOMELY FEEL
A classic choice, white can often feel cold and sterile in a bathroom. Colours help to create a more homely and welcoming atmosphere.
LISTEN TO YOUR INTUITION
There are no rules when it comes to choosing colours. All hues are allowed, provided they have a feel-good effect. If you’re not sure, start with shades of blue. These are easiest to combine and always harmonise, like shades of denim on jeans.
START WITH DETAILS
Take it slowly when it comes to creating colour effects. Rather than tiling an entire wall, start with a coloured washbasin and then see how it looks. This is far easier to change if you’re not happy with your choice.
PAY ATTENTION TO LIGHT
Light effects can make a colour look completely different. Before you make your final choice, test the colour in different areas and observe how it changes with the light.
LOUD COLOURS, QUIET COLOURS
Colours are organised by temperature, from warm red to cool blue. But it’s important to consider the volume of a colour too. For larger areas, we recommend ‘quiet’ pastel shades and mid tones. Loud colours are better suited for details.
SMALL SPACES, BIG EFFECT
Even small rooms can look good with loud colours. Applied correctly, they can make a room look bigger. Always paint the smaller wall of a room in colour and leave the ceiling light or white. This contrast creates an impression of space.
COLOURS CREATE A WELCOMING FEEL
Large bathrooms are comfortable, but can also feel stark and cool. Colours can be used to break up the space. This creates a more welcoming, cosy atmosphere conducive to a sense of well-being
NATURE AS AN EXAMPLE
Combining colours is easier than you think. Nature shows us how: just look at a meadow of flowers to see the beautiful vibrant mix of different and supposedly contrasting colours. Use this as your inspiration.
TRY NEW COMBINATIONS
You don’t always need to change every colour if you fancy a new look. Any new combination of colours completely changes the atmosphere. Red with yellow, for example, looks completely different than red with black.
HOW TO INVENT YOUR OWN COLOUR CONCEPT
A moodboard can help you to create your own colour concept. Find different samples of material and arrange them beside each other to see whether the colours coordinate. The Villeroy & Boch colour wheel will help you too. You can download this as a PDF file.
“Colour can completely overturn the laws of perspective in a space.”
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In Tip 3, Gesa Hansen recommends starting with the washbasin when it comes to introducing colour in your bathroom. Our Artis and Loop&Friends collections offer a wide palette of colours to choose from.