14 Bathroom Paint Colors Interior Designers Love



It can be really hard to choose the perfect bathroom paint color because there are so. many. options. The right paint color can really transform a space, especially if you’re trying to turn your bathroom into a sanctuary.

While an entire bathroom renovation takes a great deal of time, energy, and money, paint is a budget-friendly way to do a quick refresh. A fresh coat, along with a new shower curtain or towels, can really spruce up the space.

The color you choose is extremely important (no pressure or anything). For example, if you have a basic bathroom with white subway tiles and a porcelain bathtub, a bold, dark shade of paint can really contrast with the white and make it pop. On the other hand, a softer color can help balance out darker tiles and fixtures.

To help make the decision just a bit easier, we asked experts to share their picks for the best bathroom paint colors. Whether your bathroom is contemporary, modern, traditional, or has an updated farmhouse vibe, there’s a color here that will breathe new life into the space.

Benjamin Moore
Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

Interior designer and founder of Mavens of Design Lucy Loneragan calls this shade of white “the freshest and cleanest white.” She uses this color in many of the bathrooms she designs.

To buy: From $43;

Benjamin Moore
Sun Washed by Benjamin Moore

Sun Washed is a truly sophisticated shade of pink blush that looks great in bathrooms. “This soft pink hue is subtle enough to not make you feel as though you’ve just stepped inside a room of fairy floss, but still keeps the bathroom bright, and gives a lovely warm feel,” Loneragan says.

To buy: From $43;

Shipyard by Behr

If you’re looking for a masculine blue-green shade, Shipyard checks every single box. Loneragan says this color is rich and regal: “It pops against gold or brass.”

To buy: From $33;

Benjamin Moore
Nickel by Benjamin Moore

If you have a white sink, bathtub, or even white tiles, Loneragan recommends Light Nickel, which is a light gray color. This universal shade works well in most bathrooms and pairs nicely with any metal.

To buy: From $43;

Benjamin Moore
Quiet Moments by Benjamin Moore

Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design calls Quiet Moments “the perfect shade of pale gray with a smidge of bluish green to bring a light and airy feel to it.” She thinks the color looks best when it contrasts darker cabinets and soft brass details.

To buy: From $43;

Sherwin Williams
Spare White by Sherwin Williams

White might be one of the most popular bathroom paint colors, but that doesn’t mean it has to look boring or basic. “In an era of the perfect white interiors, this color is a great pure white, without being too cold,” Gilmore says.

She also adds that it’s an ideal color for “a minimalist look or that perfect bright white airy space.” The designer recommends using Spare White particularly for rental properties and to “make your Instagram feed pop.”

To buy: From $32;

Sherwin Williams
Dressy Rose by Sherwin Williams

“I am currently having a serious moment with the dusty rose tones out there,” Gilmore says, and this is her favorite shade. “We are currently working on a bathroom that we are pairing this color with goldenrod and gray cement tiles with a great subway tile. We are so excited to see how it turns out!”

To buy: From $32;

Benjamin Moore
Sea Haze by Benjamin Moore

Alexis Rodgers, an interior designer and founder of Home With Alexis, calls Sea Haze “a sophisticated, neutral shade of gray.” She says it is perfect for a master bathroom retreat—or perhaps any bathroom you are trying to make feel more retreat-like. Either way, you really can’t go wrong with this paint color.

To buy: From $43;

Benjamin Moore
Barely Teal by Benjamin Moore

Rodgers is a big proponent of Barely Teal, calling it a “perfect shade of teal.” She even likes using it as an alternative to a traditional choice of pink for a young girl’s bathroom. “It’s uplifting and refreshing,” she says.

To buy: From $43;

Benjamin Moore
Cotton Candy by Benjamin Moore

If you are more traditional and looking for a fun, youthful shade of pink for a girl’s bathroom, Rodgers says to look no further than the aptly named Cotton Candy. However, if you don’t have a lot of natural light in your bathroom, she suggests cutting down this formula to 50 percent, making it a little less bold.

To buy: From $43;

Farrow & Ball
Pitch Blue by Farrow & Ball

Pitch Blue is a wonderful shade of blue paint for any contemporary or traditional style bathroom. It provides a great contrast to marble or beige colored tiles and accessories.

To buy: From $110;

Goodnight Moon by Clare

If you’ve ever considered painting your bathroom black but don’t quite want to go that far, consider Goodnight Moon instead. This dark, rich shade of navy is nearly black, almost like a deep moonlit sky.

To buy: From $49;

Lemonade by Clare

If your bathroom can be described as “modern farmhouse,” consider a yellow like Lemonade. It’s a clean complement to a white ruffled shower curtain and shiny silver towel bars and faucets. This color can also be used to make a small powder room feel a bit larger and brighter.

To buy: From $49;

Jolie Paint
Hibiscus by Jolie Paint

Need the perfect dark shade of paint for a young girl’s or teen’s bathroom? Hibiscus is bright, fun and feminine. It can be used for the whole bathroom or even just an accent wall.

To buy: From $40;

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