10 Perfect Hues for Tiny Bathrooms That Aren't White

Spice up your small loo with bold hues.

It’s no secret that white is a classic choice for your small bathroom. But sometimes, white just feels a little “been there, done that.” For those of you jonesing to add some color to your small bathroom but not sure where to start, here are 10 perfect hues. (And spoiler alert: none of them are white.)


Yellow & White Striped Bathroom With Round Mirror

Neon Stripes Energize Small Bathroom

In the bathroom, neon stripes invigorate the simple fixtures and pared-down accessories. A narrow ledge offers much-needed shelf space behind the mounted sink.

Photo by: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design

It’s hard to not feel happy when you walk into a bright-yellow space. These bold stripes, dreamed up by Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design, work perfectly in this tiny bathroom. Because the color is so bright, using it in a small space keeps it feeling a bit more refined and purposeful. Using stripes instead of a solid color, also helps to balance out the overall impact.


Small Bathroom In Classic And Modern Styles

Classic and Modern Small Bathroom

This narrow yet tall master bathroom is a classic, masculine retreat with simplistic design. The space features dark paneling and a floating vanity to shift focus to the room's architectural interest rather than on the space's lack of square footage.

A dark and moody bathroom like this one from designer Brian Patrick Flynn, can bring glamour and style to your small space. It’s always a great idea to mix the black with some white details. You’ll also notice that your colorful artwork will truly pop against the black backdrop.


Red Boys Bathroom with Handmade Art

Bathroom Art Gallery

A bright red boy's bathroom becomes an imaginative art gallery with a mix of original children's pictures, prints and even toys. Change out the artwork with new and favorite pieces to keep the display fresh and fun.

Coral is sometimes a tough color to execute, but again, Brian Patrick Flynn nails it with this tiny, art-filled bathroom. While the color is on the brighter side, it manages to not feel overwhelming because of the space's small footprint. It also works great with the variety of colorful, quirky artwork.


Purple Bathroom

Purple Bathroom With Gray Floor

On the floor of this bathroom, gray mosaic tiles add a hint of texture and are a sophisticated neutral pairing with the bold, dark walls.

Photo by: Erika Bierman

Erika Bierman

If you’re not quite ready to go all in with black, consider another medium-dark color like this rich plum. Jackson Paige Interiors creates a chic, stylish space by using this jewel-toned color in a more traditional bathroom. Pairing the plum with a black and white palette also manages to soften it quite a bit.


White Country Bathroom

Kid's Country Bathroom With Gray and White Chevron Curtains, Floating Sink and Metal Stool

A small mounted shelf provides the perfect space to store a few toys adding color and entertainment to this kid's bathroom. Black hexagon tile creates a dark foundation for the bright white walls and fixtures. A metal stool is perfect for added decor as well as boosting kids up to the deep floating sink.

Photo by: Breeze Giannasio

Breeze Giannasio

After white, gray is probably the most common paint color for tiny bathrooms. But this small space from designer Breeze Giannasio stands out because of the unique choices she makes. The black floor is a perfect addition, and the deep gray and white utility sink is also an unexpected element.

Mint Green

Papillon Dog on Floor in Mint-Green Bathroom

Mint-Green Cottage-Style Bathroom

The adjacent water closet allows the home office and den to also function as an extra guest suite. When visitors are in town, they can sleep on the sofa, keep their belongings in the closet and have their own private spot to shower.

Green is another fun color to consider for your tiny bathroom, and this bright mint green might just be the perfect hue. Brian Patrick Flynn pairs green with white floors, baseboards and cabinetry, which perfectly balances out the bright hue.

Powder Blue

Bathroom with vessel sink atop a wooden vanity counter.

Vanity With Industrial Touches

A pale blue wall lends visual balance to this bathroom, which features both earthy and industrial elements.

Photo by: PhotographerLink: Fred Donham

PhotographerLink: Fred Donham

This light-blue bathroom from contractor Nar Bustamante feels completely calm and serene. If you want your tiny bathroom to feel like a spa getaway, a paint color like this might be the choice for you. It pairs well with white, as well as a variety of woods.


Eclectic Magenta Bathroom With Patterned Accent Wall and Small Vanity

Contemporary Floating Vanity in Magenta Bathroom

A funky, carrot-inspired art piece stands beside the small floating vanity in this magenta bathroom. A large mirror reflects the bathroom's patterned accent wall, making it the focal point of the space.

Photo by: G CRAWFORD


If you’re a fan of gutsy design choices, consider magenta as an option for your small bathroom. Designer Jennifer Dyer pairs this bright color with a flower pattern on the wall and unique natural textures throughout the space. Keeping the decor to a minimum works especially well with a bright color like this one.

Royal Blue

Blue and White Bathroom

Blue and White Bathroom With Yellow Tulips

Sapphire blue walls bring vibrant pizzazz to this bathroom, accented by crisp white trim and countertops.

A deep, rich royal blue is the color Drury Design opts for in this petite bathroom, and it works wonderfully well for the space. Using paneling on half the wall, which keeps the color on the top half, directs your eyes up when you enter the space.

Burnt Orange

Transitional White Bathroom With Open Vanity and Orange Wainscoting

Small Bathroom With Chic Orange Wainscoting

Bold orange wainscoting creates instant character in this small bathroom. An open vanity and white upper walls help the space feel larger.

From: Erica Islas



Here’s another unique color palette pick from designer Erica Islas: burnt orange. Again, a paneling technique is used, but this time, the color is on the bottom. With a good dose of brown in this hue, this paint color manages to feel a bit more sophisticated and staid.

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