Amy Bartlam; Design: Kate Lester
Paint has the power to transform a room. The right paint color can make a small space feel bigger (you can’t go wrong with classic white) and certain shades — think energetic yellow tones or pastel blues — have a way of brightening windowless rooms. When it comes to settling on the best bathroom paint colors, it pays to take your design aesthetic into account, whether you’re partial to farmhouse looks or sleek modern spaces. And don’t forget about choosing the perfect paint finish. For instance, you might consider semi-gloss to help mask scuffs and keep mildew at bay.
If you’re having a hard time choosing a bathroom paint color, this roundup is full of inspiration. Here, you’ll find practical ideas to design around subdued neutrals along with creative layouts that rely on dramatic colors. These bathroom paint colors are worth a look if a renovation isn’t in the cards for you this year.
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Muted blue paneling allows this California bathroom’s upper wallpapered walls to shine.
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Take inspiration from The Makerista and deck out your walls in a cheery pink shade, perfect for pairing with floral and checkered patterns.
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Cover your bathroom’s upper walls in an indigo blue color, which can act as the perfect match for white subway and penny tiles.
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It doesn’t get more versatile than soft gray walls to ensure that your bathroom’s decorative pieces steal the show.
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Wood panels boasting an attractive mauve shade give this petite bathroom a sophisticated flair.
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For an unexpected yet attractive design scheme, pair teal walls with a claw-foot tub in a brick red hue.
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Rose never looked so good! Take a cue from this design scheme and add pops of white to temper the eye-catching paint color.
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Embrace a nautical vibe with powder blue walls that can easily bring a sense of calm to any bathroom.
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Pistachio-colored walls and a colorful striped shower curtain energize this bathroom design.
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A blend of neutrals, including tan and white, contribute to this bathroom’s timeless appeal.
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If you want to stick to an earthy color scheme that’s visually appealing and works well with wood accents, consider a mustard yellow shade.
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Thanks to eye-catching lavender walls, this bathroom is nothing short of luxurious.
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A cool gray-blue can liven up a stark white bathroom without going overboard on color. With the herringbone placement of the subway tile, this space is anything but ordinary.
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Consider this beige and gray combo your paint color superhero. It can do it all, from adding some depth to an all-white bathroom or acting as a neutral backdrop for an entire home.
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Designer Mandi Gubler transformed a cookie-cutter bathroom into a boho haven with a gorgeous emerald statement wall, new tiling, fixtures and more for only $939! See more of the incredible transformation on her blog, Vintage Revivals.
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Sometimes bolder is better. This dark navy shiplap brings serious drama to a powder room using just a can of paint!
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This bathroom may be pink, but it’s all grown-up. This peachy hue brings a little playfulness and touch of glam to a truly pretty vanity. See more of this space at A Beautiful Mess.
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This true navy contrasts perfectly with the copper tub. Can’t imagine painting your entire bathroom this dark? Stick to a statement wall instead.
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A true eggshell is a no-fail paint color time and time again. The color brings warmth to the room without overpowering it.
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A little bit blue, a little bit purple, periwinkle is the perfect choice for a soothing space. For a more grown-up take, find a shade that has just a touch of gray like this bathroom.
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Intense hues don’t typically read “relaxing,” but a trip to the dark side might be in order. Ebony adds an edge to traditional white subway tile, especially if you paint the trim too.
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Your walls aren’t the only place ready for color. Blue cabinetry (with a hint of violet!) refreshes a traditional cream backdrop.
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Wallpapered rooms deserve a refresh too. Coat the ceiling with a shade too bold for a larger space — it’s a risk that’ll pay off, big time.
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Take an instant vacation with a nautical shade. A watery blue brings to mind lapping waves at the beach, or a nap by the pool.
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There’s a reason neutrals reign supreme. A chameleon-like gray keeps up with everything, so go ahead and invest in a colorful set of towels.
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Fresh and vibrant is the name of the game. Paneling looks cheery — not stiff — in coordinating yellowy-greens.
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Punch up beadboard with an unexpected dose of graphite. Then pepper it with art, curios, and vintage light fixtures for a cool collection looks like it grew over time.
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Short on space? Mirrors on top of white-washed siding does the trick. The reflections create a “window” on any wall, nipping that cramped feeling in the bud.
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The paint color is just as fresh as the toothpaste. “This blue-gray-green shade can be used in almost any room,” says interior designer Lauri Ward. “It’s an especially good choice for cooling a very sunny room.”
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Poised Taupe previously earned the title “Color of the Year,” but the brown-gray combo is here to stay thanks to its versatility. According to Julie Holloway and Anisa Darnell at Milk & Honey Home, “Benjamin Moore’s Sparrow is a great, earthy gray, that pairs well with natural accessories, like a jute rug or matchstick bamboo blinds, as well as anything cream or ivory.”
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