The Best Welcoming Powder Room Paint Colors

Turn a powder room into an elegant jewel box with these bold, beautiful colors

powder room with gray paint

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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 small space. Why not experiment with a strong paint color in a small powder room? Turn your guest 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 10 paint colors that can live large and beautiful in your tiny powder room.

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    Benjamin Moore Peony

    Peony paint swatch from Benjamin Moore

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    A vibrant, lush fuchsia color like Benjamin Moore's Peony (2079-30) is a stunning choice for a powder room. A small 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 can balance this color.

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    Benjamin Moore Marine Blue

    Marine Blue paint swatch from Benjamin Moore

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    A deep, blackened navy blue like Benjamin Moore's Marine Blue (2059-10) can be a surprisingly glamorous paint color choice for a powder room. 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. 


    Instead of painting every wall in a tiny powder room a dark color, concentrate on using the color in small quantities to create depth. The wall above the tile in the tub area or a sliver of a wall works best. Paint the rest of the walls in a color that's two shades lighter than the dark color.

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    Sherwin-Williams Peppercorn SW 7674

    Peppercorn SW 7674 paint swatch from Sherwin-Williams

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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. Wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror will illuminate the wall. A delicate mini-chandelier adds ambient lighting. A metallic silver or pale blue paint on the ceiling enhances the chandelier's glow for extra glamour.

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    Valspar Apricot Butter

    Apricot Butter paint swatch from Valspar

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    A rich peachy and golden yellow paint color like Valspar Apricot Butter (2005-2A) turns a powder room into a welcoming and relaxing space. Crisp white trim makes this color pop. Add in fluffy white towels for a spa-like atmosphere.

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    Sherwin-Williams Gingery

    Gingery paint swatch from Sherwin-Williams

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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 finishes pair beautifully with this delicious color.

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    Valspar Dreamy Teal

    Dreamy Teal paint swatch from Valspar

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    Valspar's Dreamy Teal (5007-8B) is a refreshing cooler paint color choice for a beach-inspired powder room that needs some drama. A versatile teal like this, with more blue than green undertones, can easily be paired with natural woods or crisp whites.

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