Bathroom Color and Paint Ideas

Explore bathroom color and paint ideas, and get ready to add a vibrant and lively design to your bathroom space.
Kelly Green Bathroom With Contemporary Wood Vanity

Kelly Green Bathroom With Contemporary Wood Vanity

As this 6-foot-by-7-foot Atlanta bathroom demonstrates, sometimes bold color is all you need to make a big statement. Although this space receives no natural light, the bold kelly green walls give it fresh personality. The ultra-white floor and wainscoting counterbalance the green's intensity.

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To ensure that your new or refurbished bath has just the right color scheme, one of the first items on your project list should be to consider bathoom color and paint ideas. From bright and lively looks to darker hues that can create a cozy, welcoming feel, you'll have a rainbow of colors to choose from.

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Fun With Wallpaper

Designer Lisa Flake of Caldwell Flake Interiors has three favorite ways to add color to bathrooms: wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper! "I am a wallpaper junkie because baths are often so cold and boring without it," says Flake. By keeping the trim, tub and fixtures in this room neutral, there's room to have fun with bright pink, graphic wallpaper and modern accessories. Design by Lisa Flake

Paint the Vanity

Another way to brighten the bath? Refresh your tired wooden vanity with a few coats of a bright hue, like designer Bryan Patrick Flynn did here. Black and gray geometric wallpaper adds interest without overdoing the color in this small space.

Shades of Blue

Add depth and interest to your bath with shades of the same hue, like designer Camilla Molders did here with these hand-glazed ceramic tiles. "I used five different colorways in the bathroom tile...since one single shade would have been too heavy," says Molders. With a backsplash like this, a simple, modern sink and sleek vanity are all this room needs to look bright and polished.

Pops of Color

Painting inside the drawers of this vanity cabinet with bold citrine adds a dose of the unexpected to this black-and-white bathroom. Design by Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson of De Meza Architecture + Interiors

Electric Feel

Jazz up neutral tile with a wall of electric-hued paint, like the radiant blue hue designer Erica Islas uses here.

Spa Green

Colorful bathrooms don't have to hit you over the head with bright hues. This bathroom's chamomile tea-colored glass tile creates contrast while still maintaining a spa-like feel. Design by Celia Berliner; photo by Becket Logan

Mediterranean Flair

Say ciao to this bella powder room, centered around a Mediterranean-inspired vanity. Color-washed, canary yellow walls and hand-painted terra cotta tiles complete this space's Old World, paninated feel. Design by Ashley Astleford

Bright Backsplash

With tiles this bold, a little bit of color goes a long way. The grid pattern of the tiled walls, coupled with modern fixtures and an antique vanity cabinet, creates the ideal mix of old and new pieces. Design by Jaymes Richardson

Gray Area

A powder room, like this one in the 2011 Urban Oasis, is the perfect place to make a statement on the walls. Designer Vern Yip used a subtle color variation in each tile stripe to add dimension and keep the pattern from being too jarring.

Traditional Meets Modern

Bring a traditional bath into the 21st century, no time machine necessary. A coat of pumpkin paint instantly updates this bath's classic woodwork, fixtures and marble vanity, while the modern artwork and whimsical bust-turned-towel bar further bridge the "then and now." Design by Jane Ellison

From: Jane Ellison

One of the primary factors that may influence your plans for color and paint in your bathroom is the size of the space. It's often the case that smaller spaces — and many bathrooms qualify for this designation — can be expanded visually via the use of a lighter color scheme. For this reason, if your bathroom is a snug affair or a three-quarter or half bath, you can brighten the space and expand it visually with colors like whites, light beiges and yellows.

If you're remodeling or installing a more expansive bathroom — a master bath, for example — you won't need to be as concerned with colors that will lend an airy feel to the space. Some homeowners prefer the cozy, warm feel that colors like deep beiges, browns and reds can lend to a bathroom. Darker colors can also serve to create a more traditional, stoic feel for the space. Additionally, if your bathroom gets lots of natural light, you can feel more comfortable choosing colors based on your favorites, as opposed to which ones might serve to bind or expand the space.

When it comes to specific bathroom styles, there are definitely certain color schemes that are more common than others. For example, traditional or historic bathrooms often feature colors that were popular during the era in which the style appeared. Colonial bathrooms often feature deep reds, blues and greens, as these were the paint colors most commonly available during the American colonial period. Conversely, contemporary and modern bathroom styles often feature monochromatic color schemes, often in neutral colors like whites, blacks and greys. These updated styles may also feature the bold use of bright, saturated colors like orange, green, red and blue, either as accents or as a primary focus.

When it comes to paint choices for your new or updated bathroom design, you'll have many choices. Home improvement and specialty paint stores are a good place to start and look for inspiration, and many of them will also gladly send you home with samples of several colors and paint types to try out. The interior paint products available for your bathroom will be diverse in terms of their pricing, quality and range, so it's best to research several lines before settling on the paint that's right for your bathroom.

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