Your powder room can be the jewel box of your home with the right color. It's also the perfect spot to take a color risk because it's such a tight space. If you want to make make a small powder room look bigger, there are color tricks for that, too—and don't be afraid of using dark paint colors for powder rooms. Why not experiment with a strong powder room paint color? Turn your small bathroom into a mini-retreat with luxury linens, sparkling lighting, and touches of artwork, all tied together with a new, bold color.
- Color Family: Mostly warm with a couple of cool and neutral picks
- Complementary Colors: Grays, violets, and blues to name a few
- Pairs Well With: Crisp white, metallic finishes
- Mood: Glamorous and elegant
- Where to Use: Walls
Here are six good paint colors that can live large and beautiful in your tiny powder room.
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A vibrant, lush fuchsia like Benjamin Moore's Peony (2079-30) is a stunning choice for a small powder room's paint color. A compact room that is used only briefly can handle a bold and cheerful color like this. Creamy white trim, dark wood or tile floors, a white stone vessel sink, and soft lighting will balance this color. Paint walls with a glossy finish so more light can bounce off surfaces, all of which offer the illusion of a larger space.
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A blackened navy blue like Benjamin Moore's Marine Blue (2059-10) is a glamorous paint color choice for a powder room. One of the best colors for a small powder room is surprisingly a deep, dark color like this because it creates depth and makes the space feel larger. The secret to using a dark blue is pairing it with crisp whites, metallic accents, and a sparkling light fixture such as a mini-chandelier. Swap out the usual bathroom mirror for one with an ornate gold or silver frame.
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Choosing a dark paint color like Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn (SW 7674) for a small powder room requires careful lighting selection and placement, but it can be stunning, even in a powder room with no windows. Wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror will illuminate the wall. A delicate mini-chandelier adds ambient lighting. Metallic silver paint on the ceiling enhances the chandelier's glow for extra light reflection or use pale blue paint above for a touch of the sky in a windowless space.
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For Craftsman or transitional decorating style, try a rich neutral color like Gingery (SW 6363) by Sherwin-Williams. This warm, vibrant cinnamon-caramel brown with a subtle hint of orange is a great alternative to the traditional red colors typically used in powder rooms. Brushed metallic accessories and natural stone surfaces pair beautifully with this delicious color.
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Valspar's Dreamy Teal (5007-8B) is a refreshing cooler paint color for a powder room that's beach-inspired but also adds some visual drama and depth. A versatile teal like this, with more blue than green undertones, is easily paired with natural woods or crisp whites.
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