The bathroom is one of the best places to get inventive with color. With a few paint strokes, you can transform a small powder room or a sizeable two-sink bathroom into a relaxing spa-like retreat. Gone are the days of bulldozing the room and starting all over; instead, try a much cheaper solution: paint everything. Tweak your color scheme and decor. A few simple changes can create an entirely new vibe without breaking the bank.
As you reimagine your bathroom, think of the space as a place for boosting your energy in the morning or as a relaxing, bubbly hideaway after a long, busy day. Think about the mood or vibe you want in the bathroom—pursue those ideas for your bathroom.
- Color Family: Varies, runs the color spectrum
- Complementary Colors: Varies; the blues complement orange tones, forest green complements red tones, and neutrals go with everything
- Pairs Well With: White trim and white ceilings to brighten and give the room a larger feeling
- Mood: Bright, energetic, relaxing
- Where to Use: Bathroom, powder rooms, changing rooms
Here are the best paint colors for a swoon-worthy bathroom, according to decor experts.
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"Bathrooms set the stage for the beginning and end of your day. Seeing your face and clothes in their true colors provides context. That is why I prefer clean white walls that reflect natural light in bathrooms," says interior designer Jennifer Jean Morris. A white room keeps things feeling fresh, but the warm undertone ensures it doesn't feel sterile. Benjamin Moore describes this crisp white to be "fresh as the first snowfall."
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A deep shade like emerald green is always a gorgeous option for nearly any area of your home. "Powder rooms are spaces where you can have more fun with color," says Felipe Navarro, the interior designer behind Philippe Luxe. "I like to go with a bold jewel tone like Sherwin-Williams' Shamrock. It works well with white fixtures and beautifully complements accent colors like navy or dusty pink."
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Dee Schlotter, a color expert at PPG, finds that bathrooms are among the best spaces to experiment with due to their small size. Pear Cactus works if you're on the hunt for something bright and colorful but not too brash or loud. This saturated shade of green falls more on the subdued, serene side, making it the perfect hue for preparing for work or winding down for bedtime.
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You can't go wrong with a cool white in any space. A few coats of this paint can quickly turn a bathroom into a clean, minimal sanctuary. Cooler whites look great with silver hardware but can also adapt easily to warmer-toned accents. Farrow & Ball's Strong White with its light gray undertones is a fail-proof bet for a modern look and feel.
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"I love wall colors like Rainwashed by Sherwin-Williams that seemingly transform throughout the day based on changes in light," says Fantastic Services interior designer Issabel Williams. It's a versatile shade that pairs well with fresh white as well as earth tones.
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Sherwin-Williams Icelandic is an icy sky blue, and when paired with cloudy white, it's as if your bathroom resides in the heavens. This cooling, refreshing color works well in bathrooms styled classic contemporary, industrial modern, or midcentury modern. It pairs well with bright whites, cream, natural wood tones, and most metallics.