Bathroom paint ideas: 18 ways to add colour to your space

We've rounded up all our fave bathroom paint ideas to get you inspired to start your next project

Bathroom paint ideas
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There aren't a ton of options for adding personality in a functional space like a bathroom, so why not take advantage of the opportunities you do have to infuse it with style? One of the best ways you can completely transform the look of your bathroom is with the paint color. Bathroom paint colors can range from spa-like neutrals, to invigorating bold tones, and deep, dramatic shades. 

Here, we've listed out 17 of our favorite bathroom paint color ideas (with photos!) to leave you feeling inspired.

And for tons more bathroom paint ideas and general (but equally as important) decor updates and inspiration be sure to check out our bathroom ideas gallery. 

And if you need more practical tips on how to plan and design a bathroom, we've got you covered over in our advice feature so make sure you check that out too. 

Which paint colors to consider for bathrooms?

Which paint shade to choose for a bathroom? The options are endless! Light colors will of course make the room feel bright and more spacious, but if you get lots of natural daylight in the room, there's no reason not to go for an inky or bold shade, provided you ensure artificial lighting is good enough to keep the room well-lit at night. The light cast by the wall color is important, too.  

Which paint finish for bathrooms?

As for the finish, it goes without saying that the paint needs to be able to stand up to moisture, if only to splashes and the occasional drenching, so always check when you're buying bathroom paints. That doesn't completely discount a matte paint, especially if the room is well ventilated, but if you do opt for this finish, be prepared to redecorate more often. Ideally, bathroom paint should be wipeable, mold-resistant and appropriate for the surface you're using it on, whether the walls, woodwork, furniture or even the floor.

1. Go for a dramatic blue black scheme

Bathroom painted in blue black

To re-create this moody look try combining Sherwin Williams Iron Gate and Drizzle

(Image credit: Dulux)

In a bathroom with a high ceiling and good natural lighting, a deep, inky wall color will look elegant. Use color blocking to make the room feel even loftier with the lighter colors from the chair or picture rail upwards, and pick a pale, reflective material, such as marble tiles, for the flooring. Want a really contemporary feel? Paint the ceiling too (just check out our guide to how to paint a ceiling before you start). 

2. Create an inviting space with warm naturals

Orange painted bathroom

A deep orange like Benjamin Moore Pumpkin Blush would warm up the coldest of rooms.

(Image credit: Dulux)

If your bathroom faces north or has a small window, it likely suffers from poor natural daylight, and may feel cold and unwelcoming as a result. You can fix this with a good paint color choice: deep spicy shades calmed by muted naturals will make a bathroom feel instantly welcoming. Ensure the bolder shades have earthy rather than citrus tones, and match them with flooring in a natural material and furniture in dark, richly grained wood for a look that oozes character.  

Love this bathroom paint scheme? You will love our orange room design ideas (promise they aren't as garish as they sound). 

3. Love traditional blue? Add a contemporary twist

ombre finish blue toned bathroom with roller bath

(Image credit: Annie Sloan)

Love an ombre look (where one color gradually fades into another)? It's the perfect way to give your bathroom a hint of subtle color - and if you have paneling on your bathroom walls, it's a breeze to achieve, either with a whole selection of paint samples, or by carefully diluting your paint color with white as you go along).

Check out more of our awesome ombre paint ideas

4. Mix coral with grey for a vintage feel

Freestanding bath in blue with light pink panelling

(Image credit: Sanderson)

Pink continues its surge in popularity (it wasn't Benjamin Moore's 2020 Color of the Year for nothing) making its way from traditional bedrooms for girls to living spaces in the last few years, and now to bathrooms. How to get the right shade of pink? For vintage-style bathrooms like this one, picking a strong coral tone and matching it with a muddy green-grey creates a look that's unexpected, yet easy to live with. Want to see more pink bathrooms? Keep scrolling down... (or check out our whole feature on pink room design ideas).

5. Choose a grey white for a warm finish

small freestanding bath in small bathroom with large window and white colour scheme

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Whether your bathroom lacks natural daylight, is tiny and needs a space-enhancing paint color – or you just love white walls – an all-white scheme is an easy win. You can buy a bathroom paint that's practical, without worry about your color choice, and be safe in the knowledge that it'll last for years. Then, all you need to do is invest in gorgeous-looking bathroom storage and accessories to brighten your space.

6. Be on trend with yellow bathroom paint

If yours is a contemporary bathroom and you're a big fan of bright, bold feature walls, why not embrace the trend for a yellow bathroom paint? Keep it to just one wall or go all out and paint the entire room, bath included!

7. Paint woodwork in an inky shade

Blue painted bathroom

Try Behr's Inked paint shade for a beautiful deep-but-not-too-dark blue. Image: Graham & Green

(Image credit: Graham & Green)

Dark, dramatic wall colors are migrating out of living rooms and bedrooms and into bathrooms, too – and with good reason: they look elegant and are the perfect backdrop for showing off pedestal tubs and pretty accessories. For plastered walls, pick a matte finish for a contemporary appeal; for a woodwork or paneling, go for a eggshell or semi-gloss paint finish, which will help bounce light around the room. Invest in good bathroom lighting, too.

Check out more of our dark and dramatic decorating ideas if that bathroom is your vibe. 

8. Paint shutters to match walls

pink plantation shutters over a bath

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Loved the pink in the bathroom above? Here's another way to include it in your bathroom paint color scheme – but with a more traditional finish. The palest of pinks on the walls could look somewhat dull, but with the shade on the shutters, chosen to be a few tones darker, the room looks layered and interesting. 

9. Try green – with caution

Neutral painted bathroom

(Image credit: Farrow & Ball)

We love this bathroom, but if you're considering trying a green paint color like this on to your walls (and even ceiling), do it with these tips in mind: your reflection will look a little green unless your mirror is very close to a window; if the room is light-starved, a white ceiling and white woodwork, matched with a pale-colored floor, will make the room feel brighter; despite being a vintage-feel shade, this green looks great matched with more contemporary fittings; choose linens and fuss-free accessories to best complement the color; and, last but not least, make sure your artificial lighting mimics daylight as much as possible so that the room doesn't look murky at night.

10. Paint a clawfoot tub

Not quite brave enough to paint your walls in your favorite bold shade? If you've installed a paintable clawfoot tub, you can get the best of both worlds by changing the color of its underside as often as you buy a new set of towels to match. Keep the walls in a neutral shade and you'll never run out of complementing color schemes.         

11. Choose a strong blue for a contemporary twist on a period feel

Blue floral wallpaper in a bathroom

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If your bathroom has large windows, you can afford to go for a deep shade without worrying about losing daylight – just keep all the other surfaces, from toilets and tubs to woodwork, white and bright. This vivid royal blue bridges the gap perfectly between contemporary and traditional – perfect for a modern take on a period scheme.

12. Go for oatmeal and add color with accessories

traditional style bathroom with white scheme, freestanding bath and large piece of artwork with modern twist

(Image credit: James Balston)

Bathrooms can feel cold and unwelcoming if they're decorated in pure white – but add a hint of creamy brown to the bright white and you have a warm, neutral shade that makes the room glow even on dull days, and definitely under lamplight. And, if you want to switch up the colors in the room, you can do so with an ever-changing array of brightly hued towels.

13. Pick an easy-to-live-with aqua shade

bathroom painted by crown paints

(Image credit: Crown)

Blue is often a go-to choice in the bathroom and opting for a warm shade of blue, in other words, one that has a decent dose of yellow in it, can help the space feel inviting. Teal is a great example: lighter teals are better suited for making small bathrooms feel larger and lighter, deeper shades create a more dramatic finish and a great contrast for white fixtures. 

14. Experiment with blue black for a hotel feel

dark scheme bathroom with large white freestanding bath, ornate fireplace and gallery wall

(Image credit: Waters Baths of Ashbourne)

Inspired by the bathrooms you've seen in boutique hotels? You can achieve this look yourself with a deep, dark, inky shade for walls, but keep ceilings and floors white to help bounce light around – and add texture and glamour with artwork, gilded mirrors and, if there's space, an armchair (although you can add similar luxe with a deep pile bath mat and fluffy towels). 

15. Want a country-style feel? Choose pale green

If you're after a country-style feel for your bathroom, picking a paint color in a natural shade and matching it with wood and a soft, creamy white will give you the desired effect. A whole room of pastel green could be a bit much so try painting only a quarter of the way up the wall so the pastel color doesn't overwhelm the space. 

16. Paint your bathroom door

Bathroom with large mirror and dark blue door

(Image credit: Fritz Fryer)

Want to give your bathroom a splash of color but don't want to commit to painting any walls? Try painting the door instead. We love how this deep blue (try something like Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue) looks in this clean, all-white bathroom, adding just the right amount of color to stop the space from looking clinical.

Check out how easy to can be to paint an interior door yourself with our step-by-step guide. 

17. Go for a stylish pink bathroom paint color

First-time buyers Amanda and Jess Cotton added a loft conversion and swapped the kitchen and diner around to maximise the potential of a dilapidated two-bedroom terraced house

(Image credit: Fiona Walker-Arnott)

We are still seeing that blush millennial pink everywhere, and while with love it on our nails, our clothes and in the form of a cocktail, painting a whole room in that Barbie-ish shade might be a bit much. So opt for a more grown-up duskier version – we love Farrow & Ball's Setting Plaster or Benjamin Moore's First Light. Pair it with darker fixtures too, these pale pinks work so well with a black or a really dark blue. 

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