33 of the Best Bathroom Paint Colors of All Time
The bathroom has long-been a favorite spot for designers and design enthusiasts to experiment with color and pattern, as it is often hidden from the rest of the house. This means that the world is your oyster when it comes to selecting a color to paint your bathroom.. So whether you’re looking to create a high-impact, Instagram-worthy powder room or a spa-like retreat for your ensuite bath, at least one of these 33 paint colors are sure to speak to your needs. You’ll be amazed by what a fresh coat of paint can do to revamp your bathroom.
How to Choose the Best Bathroom Paint Color
With so many options out there, and a bathroom that’s pretty much a blank slate, how do you go about deciding which paint color to use? Below, we’ve listed some tips from Jennifer Guerin of JG Color Studios.
- Ensure the color works with your skin tone. “It may sound crazy, but certain colors can alter the appearance of your skin tone, creating chaos during your makeup routine. So know the hues that reflect best with your skin tone,” Guerin says.
- Select hues that harmonize with the existing elements. Statement-color or no statement-color, it needs to coordinate with the countertop, tile, and accessories, or it’s going to look disjointed.
- Decide on the vibe. Want moody? “Go deep with Eggplant, Chocolate or Charcoal,” Guerin advises. Want to keep it light and ethereal? “Light blushes such as Farrow and Ball Middleton Pink, Tricia Guild’s Cloud No. 62 or Tourmaline No 59 are your best bet.”
With these tips in mind, let’s take a look at some of our favorite bathroom paint colors.
1. Play it safe and stylish with a bright white shade.
Charleston-based designer Megan Molten says you can never go wrong with a vivid shade of white to enliven your bathroom without relying on a dramatic color you may dislike in a few months. In fact, she created her own ideal shade, Sherwin Williams’ Megan Molten White, that she says is not too warm and not too cool.
“It reflects natural light so perfectly to create a beautiful, clean, and airy space, which are all the things you want your bathroom to be: The perfect retreat!” says Molten.
2. Paint a pink accent wall.
This plant-filled Philadelphia home is full of retro touches and the bathroom is a prime example of all the ‘70s vibes happening here. The owners say this is their favorite room in the house because they were never able to paint in their former rentals. Snag a similar shade in Benjamin Moore’s Coral Dust.
3. Or, go all in on green.
4. Be bold with black.
5. Add a splash of red.
This bathroom, featuring Sherwin Williams’ Ardent Coral, is bright and full of life. If there’s a color you love that you wouldn’t necessarily incorporate in a larger room of your home, consider testing it out in a space like a powder bath as a happy, experimental compromise.
6. Make a gray statement.
Blogger Ashley Goldman of The Gold Hive used a gray shade of paint, specifically, Behr’s Antique Tin, in her space. “I chose the shade because I wanted a dark hue that was neutral yet bold,” she explains. “There’s so much white tile on the walls and the floors that I had a good opportunity to go for a deeper hue on the walls. The deep charcoal provides a modern contrast yet keeps with the classic style of the bathroom.”
7. Turn to a lighter gray.
8. Opt for a flirty pink.
The Makerista’s Gwen wasn’t shy when painting this bathroom in Sherwin Williams’ Childlike. She shares plenty of tips on how to select the best paint color for a space in a blog post, saying, “Paint will present itself differently on different planes, so you want to be sure to have the samples upright, not laying on the ground. I look at them on each wall, in corners, during the day and at night,” she writes.
9. Bare your blue.
10. Act natural.
11. Put powder blue in the powder room.
Sarah Gibson of Room for Tuesday used a powder blue in her bathroom, noting, “After feeling bored with neutral spaces, I really wanted to implement a punch of color. It isn’t too saturated and I think it will withstand the test of time!” Gibson used Sherwin Williams’ Sleepy Blue on the walls and Languid Blue for the door.
12. Think pink.
13. Add a black accent.
Ariel Garneau of PMQ for Two offset a peach like Behr’s Flamingo Feather with an oh-so-chic black ceiling. “We were inspired by many simple spaces with a hint of retro,” Ariel says. “Nothing is more retro than a pink bathroom with black border tile. Since we were renting at the time, we found a solution to our design woes by painting some beadboard in this lovely punchy shade of pink.”
14. Bring in some yellow.
15. Get coastal.
Blogger Tracey Amadio of Porch Daydreamer repainted her bathroom using Behr’s Blueprint to create a coastal look. “Since this is a very small room, I chose the deep blue to help create visual impact,” she says. “Dark paint colors create an optical illusion visually pushing the walls back making the space appear larger and more substantial.”
16. Make it magenta.
17. Color block with green.
Dabito of Old Brand New added a splash of Behr’s Forest Edge to his master bathroom. “I wanted a splash of green that brought calmness to the space,” he says. Dabito’s pro tip for painting a bathroom is to start with an accent wall first. “Then, you can decide if you want to paint the rest of the bathroom, or you can also just leave it at that, like how I did in my bathroom,” he explains.
18. Create balance with white.
In a sea of color, there’s nothing wrong with opting for plain white as blogger Erin Kestenbaum did during her One Room Challenge. Kestenbaum selected Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White, and says, “Using a crisp, bright white on the walls visually expands the room when combined with lots of light streaming into the space. I also wanted to use white on the walls to create a gallery experience that draws your focus to the abstract art, bold blue vanity, and the luxe marble shower.”
19. Paint a simple section.
20. Make it nice with navy.
21. Go green with envy.
22. Back to black.
“People tend to shy away from black shades on walls for fear of making a space feel smaller, but that shouldn’t be a hard and fast rule,” says designer Breegan Jane. “Selecting the right shade and styling the space well can actually achieve the opposite effect!”
One of her favorite black paint colors is Glidden’s Onyx Black, which the designer says is a favorite for pairing with golden metallics. Jane notes that this color will ensure your bathroom feels like a luxurious surprise for all who enter.
23. Decorate with double duty walls.
24. Say hello to yellow.
25. Select a subtle shade.
26. Get ready with red.
27. A slice of sunshine.
28. Opt for orange.
29. Craft a colorful ceiling.
30. Pick a purple.
31. Jazz it up with jewel tones.
32. Get pretty with peach.
33. Work wonders with white.
When your walls are covered with towel racks, framed pictures, and plants galore—like in this Chicago home—a crisp white becomes a blank canvas for all your accouterments. Having a hard time choosing the right white? Opt for Benjamin Moore’s versatile Simply White that will match all your collected decor.