Ensuite colour ideas: 25 Best Bathroom Paint Colors for 2023

25 Best Bathroom Paint Colors for 2023



Melanie Lissack Interiors

For this en suite bathroom, designer Melanie Lissack, transformed the fluted wall panels using Farrow & Ball’s Brassica. The unexpected deep purple tone brings warmth into the space.



Daring Orange

chuckcollier//Getty Images

Orange may not be your first pick for a bathroom, but this setup might make you think again. Modern yet energetic, it’s perfect for spaces of all sizes.



Verdigris Green

Sean Litchfield

This emerald-inspired hue is as calming as it is stunning. Cecilia Casagrande of Casagrande Studios, painted the walls this lively shade of green — a color that’ll give your bathroom that desired refresh without going over budget.


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Rich Red

Farrow & Ball

For a cozy vibe, deck out your powder room in this deep red shade from Farrow & Ball. The warm hue, called Preference Red, is particularly striking when paired with white accents and antique pieces.



Electric Blue

Courtesy of Danslelakehouse.com

This vibrant color works well in small bathrooms (vanities are perfect!), especially if your goal is to create a retro-inspired look. Pair the refreshing shade with wallpaper in a complementary pattern and cherry wood accents for a picture-perfect setup.




Benjamin Moore

The warm undertones of this coral pigment steal the show in this bathroom layout. Using the same color for the trim and moldings — a designer-approved trick — brings even more style to the space.


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Paean Black

Farrow & Ball

Here’s a pick for those who love charcoal colors but want an option that can make even more of an impact. This red-based black from Farrow & Ball is a no-fail choice for achieving a contemporary or bohemian vibe in a bathroom. Temper the hue with white for visual contrast.



Joyful Yellow

Benjamin Moore

A bright shade of yellow creates the illusion of light in any windowless bathroom. Pairing the color with white makes the overall room an uplifting oasis.



Playful Pink

Lark Photography for Country Living

Take inspiration from The Makerista and deck out your walls in a cheery pink shade. It’s perfect for pairing with floral and checkered patterns.


RELATED: Elegant Pink Bathrooms to Transform Your Space

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Indigo Blue

Jared Kuzia Photography

Cover your bathroom’s upper walls in an indigo blue color, which can act as a brilliant match for white subway and penny tiles. Don’t forget to hang art!




Raquel Langworthy

It doesn’t get more versatile than soft gray walls to ensure that your bathroom’s decorative pieces, like a wooden ladder for towels, steal the show.



Clean White

Cody Ulrich

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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Milo Brown

For an unexpected yet attractive design scheme, pair teal walls with a claw-foot tub in a brick red hue.


Sky Blue

Jean Allsopp

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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A blend of neutrals, including tan and white, contributes to this bathroom’s timeless appeal. The soothing shade can create a spa-like vibe in your primary bathroom, powder room or en suite bath.




Michael Graydon

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.



Hunter Green

Mandi Gubler

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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Deep Navy

One Kings Lane

Sometimes bolder is better. This dark navy shiplap brings serious drama to a powder room using just a can of paint. What’s more, the deep shade has a traditional feel that suits gold accents, like the lighting and faucet.



Peachy Pink

A Beautiful Mess

This guest bathroom may be pink, but it’s all grown-up. The peachy hue brings a little playfulness and a touch of glam to a truly pretty vanity. See more of this space at A Beautiful Mess.


Monique Valeris

Senior Home Editor

Monique Valeris is the senior home editor for Good Housekeeping, where she oversees the brand’s home decorating coverage across print and digital. Prior to joining GH in 2020, she was the digital editor at Elle Decor. In her current role, she explores everything from design trends and home tours to lifestyle product recommendations, including writing her monthly column, “What’s in My Cart.”

Mariah Thomas

Assistant Editor

Mariah Thomas (she/her) is an assistant editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers home and lifestyle content. Mariah has more than four years of editorial experience, having written for TLC, Apartment Therapy, Women’s Health and Avocado Magazine. She received her master’s degree in journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and published her first book, Heart and Soul: Poems of Thoughts and Emotions, in 2019. She’s also the founder of RTF Community, a platform for creatives of color to connect, learn and showcase their work. 

20 Beautiful Blue Bathrooms – Blue Bathroom Design Ideas


Blue Tiles

Alison Gootee/Studio D

Cover the lower half of your bathroom’s walls with diagonal tiles to bring texture and color into your space. For added dimension, opt for tile with a balanced mix of lighter and darker shades, like the one shown here.


Nautical Design

Stacy Bass

This royal blue shade works well with silver or bright colors, such as yellow. Lean into the nautical aesthetic with a submarine-style mirror and ocean-inspired art.


Bold Flooring

Alec Hemer

You can’t go wrong with blue and white. Keeping the color on the floor brightens the space without being overwhelming.

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Pops of Color

Rachel Shingleton

Brighten up an all-blue bathroom with contrasting colors, like yellow and orange. In this case, a yellow pendant light and framed artwork offset variations of cobalt.


A Touch of Glamour

Aaron Colussi

The touches of navy throughout this bathroom — from the underside of the tub to the window’s curtain — bring the drama (and it’s a perfect match for the gold accessories).


Brush Stroke Wallpaper

Mike Garten

With warm blue hues and clean patterned lines, this wallpaper evokes a zen feeling. Keep the rest of the space completely white, so the blue can really pop.

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Dusty Blue Accent

David Tsay

Paint the vanity in a dusty blue shade to complement the bathroom’s timeless elements, including the herringbone tile backsplash and brushed gold hardware.


Moody Blue Walls

Beatriz da Costa

A textured wall covering instantly enhances even the smallest bathroom. Add even more color with fresh flowers and decorative accents in contrasting hues.


A Powerful Color Combo

Keith Scott Morton

By painting the walls blue, everything else in the room — the clawfoot tub, medicine cabinet and shower curtain — is given the space to shine.

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Painted Tub

Nassima Rothacker

Adding a coat of cool blue to the underside of your bathtub brings the illusion of a spa-like space.


A Farmhouse Look

Lincoln Barbour

Let your bathroom door do the talking. Paint the door bright blue, then keep the rest of the space neutral to stay true to the farmhouse aesthetic.


Mother Nature

Christopher Dibble

Bring the outside in with botanical-inspired wallpaper, like designer Kerry Hoyt-Pack did in this ultra-glam space. Sprinkle in gold and white accents for a nice contrast.

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Mix Chevron and Floral

Jessica Bordner

Chevron tiles never go out of style, especially when they come in the color blue. Pair ’em with bold floral wallpaper and gold accessories like Ginny Macdonald did in this colorful bathroom.


Tile All Over

Sara Ligorria-Tramp

Vintage meets modern in this bathroom with blue tile walls, a statement pendant and gold embellishments.


Bright Blue Vanity

Paul Versluis Kearney

Designer Tamara Day makes the most of this small bathroom by turning the blue vanity into a focal point, paired with a hexagon mirror and geometric tile.

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Cornflower Blue Accents

Monica Buck

With the basic shower stall and rustic-style sink, the blue linen curtains offer a splash of color.


Skirted Sink

David Tsay

Hide the under-the-sink mess with a striped skirt, which also adds a dose of color to an otherwise all-white space.


Cool Blue

Jean Allsopp

Cool colors refresh any space. Go for powder blue cabinetry instead of traditional white for a subtle statement.

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Soft Blues and Whites

Getty Images/ M. Eric Honeycutt

This soft shade of blue transforms any bathroom into a warm and calming atmosphere. Pair it with off-white furniture for a continued sense of ease.


Vertical Shiplap Wall

Mint Candy Designs

Areeba of Mint Candy Designs painted a shiplap accent wall in a smokey blue with a satin finish. Paired with the brass vanity lights, barn-style mirrors and simple white vanity, the blue makes a bold statement.

Mariah Thomas

Assistant Editor

Mariah Thomas (she/her) is an assistant editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers home and lifestyle content. Mariah has more than four years of editorial experience, having written for TLC, Apartment Therapy, Women’s Health and Avocado Magazine. She received her master’s degree in journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and published her first book, Heart and Soul: Poems of Thoughts and Emotions, in 2019. She’s also the founder of RTF Community, a platform for creatives of color to connect, learn and showcase their work. 

Color combinations in the interior of the bathroom

In interior design, even if you have the opportunity to embody your own fantasies and creativity, you can remain not entirely satisfied with the result. This often happens if the color palette is not well thought out, and staying in a particular room begins to affect a person in a way that he would not like. The bathroom is a place where we draw energy every morning, relax in the evenings, and therefore it should be as comfortable as possible. Let’s take a closer look at how to choose color combinations for the bathroom interior!

Rules for choosing shades in the interior

The choice of color solutions is influenced not only by individual taste preferences, but also by a number of other factors. In particular, you need to consider how space is perceived visually. It’s no secret that light colors visually enlarge the room, and dark ones reduce it.

It is also necessary to remember about the psychological perception of colors. In addition, when choosing shades, you should focus on the stylistic direction. The concept of any style implies certain patterns in the selection of colors. You can identify general recommendations for the design of the bathroom.

Try not to use more than three different colors or more than five shades of the same color. In the opposite situation, the interior will not be harmonious. Most often, they get by with only two tones, which are often either contrasting or adjacent. In any case, one color should emphasize the value of the other. For those who prefer the design in a single color, the best solution would be to use three shades that allow you to highlight all the details of the bathroom.

Consider the size of the bathroom when determining the acceptable brightness level. Keep in mind that in most typical apartments, the use of light shades that expand the space is relevant. This is due to the small area of ​​the bathrooms. Remember that bright colors will help to cheer up and cheer you up, and a calm palette will contribute to a relaxed atmosphere.

Psychological perception

Experienced designers know how important it is to choose the right color scheme for the bathroom in order to make it visually larger and highlight the accents in the room. To create a comfortable interior, it is necessary to take into account certain features.

Light colors will not only make the room look bigger, but will also look more calm, help your eye to relax and tune in to rest. Pastel colors will be the best background that will allow decorative elements to look more advantageous.

Dark colors have a different effect, as if “stealing” the light, and therefore they make the room more cramped. However, this allows you to make the atmosphere cozy and, in a way, intimate. Remember that the darker the tone that is used in the decoration of the walls and floor, the larger the bathroom area should be. In addition, you need to think about installing intense lighting.

Color wheel

When choosing combinations of colors and shades, you can keep in mind one secret that is often used by many designers. In the design of any room, you can use the color wheel rule, which is associated with four simple formulas:

– The two most compatible shades can be located opposite each other (for example, it can be a combination of orange and blue).

– Contrasting triad formula. Choose one main color, to which you want to add two shades opposite to the main tone. For example, light green and bright yellow are additionally selected to the main purple.

– A classic solution in three colors. You can choose colors that will be located at the same distance. For example, yellow along with red and blue.

– Analog triad formula. Pick up any three tones that will be nearby. It can be yellow with a hint of green, pure yellow and yellow-orange.

Color combinations

Here are some options for popular colors for the bathroom. Remember that before you make a choice in favor of one of them, you need to determine how this or that palette matches the style of the room.

White bathroom

The only color that is considered universal is white. It gives the interior sophistication and simplicity, and is also combined with any other colors. The white bathroom looks spacious and bright, which is important for small apartments. In addition, it is a wonderful backdrop for various decorative elements. If you are afraid of the association of a room with a sterile doctor’s office, use any other shades except snow-white.

Bathroom in warm colors

Warm shades are great for designing both small square bathrooms and rooms with free space. In the first case, you can expand the area visually and make the bathroom more lit. The second option allows using warm shades to create a pleasant and cozy atmosphere in a large room.

Often there are stylish bathrooms in beige and cream, pink and scarlet, sand and coffee tones. Gold and brown colors will also look good.

Remember that light shades help maintain cleanliness and hide various stains that even the most careful owners cannot avoid. If you wish, you can combine tones and play with colors, combining dark and light shades.

Cool bathroom

This is a common bathroom design. You can often find blue and blue bathrooms, as well as cold shades of gray. These colors are sometimes combined with white, which gives the room freshness. In this situation, use light shades whenever possible, because dark gray and blue can cause discomfort. However, if you take, for example, the light tones of blue, they will be associated with clean water and perceived as fresh.

Green looks natural and natural. Although cool tones of green can be used in the interior, they will promote relaxation, and in combination with red or orange, they will refresh and elevate mood.

Cool shades can be diluted with colorful accents and bright accessories, various decorative details. So the bathroom will look warmer and more comfortable.

Contrasting bathroom

One of the most requested color combinations is black with white. At first glance, it seems that it is impossible to make a cozy room using two completely opposite colors. But it is the high contrast of black and white that gives a delightful effect and helps to create a stylish interior. However, it is important to use them wisely.

If white prevails over black, then this also contributes to the visual increase of the room. Accordingly, if you prefer black, and white fades into the background, then the bathroom will visually look smaller.

The combination of white and black is stylish and creates a strict yet intimate atmosphere. This is the best option for those who want, above all, to express their own individuality. From the point of view of psychologists, white means elegance and purity, while black means anxiety and emptiness, so be careful when choosing finishes and plumbing. It is important not only not to make the space sterile, but also to avoid an oppressive atmosphere.

The combination of colors in the interior of the bathroom – photo

When analyzing suitable combinations in bathroom interiors, experimentation cannot be dispensed with. In practical application, different color solutions differ from the results of computer rendering. In order to find out how combinations of different textures and shades look in reality, you need to look at photographs taken in real conditions. We have selected for you a large number of different bathroom design options, among which you can choose the best color scheme!

What color to make the bathroom? – TOP popular colors and combinations

Color selection rules

To choose the right color for your bathroom, you should take into account many factors. The very first and most simple is the size. Everyone has long known that a dark tone can make a small space even smaller, and using light colors you visually expand any room.

Next, we recommend paying attention to the style of the apartment or the bathroom itself. Each direction has its own database of suitable shades:

  • classic – warm white, beige, gold;
  • loft – black, gray, red;
  • scandinavian – white, gray, beige;
  • provence – pastel colors;
  • chalet or country – warm dark brown scale;
  • modern – muted matte colors.

Aspect No. 3 worth paying attention to: the psychological impact of color and your personal feelings from it. In a yellow bathroom, for example, it is impossible to relax before going to bed. And the combination of black and white does not give a charge of vivacity and energy in the morning. Consider when and under what circumstances the room is used more often.

Don’t forget the characteristics of the color itself:

  1. Saturation. Orange, for example, uplifts and energizes, peach helps to relax, rusty brings comfort and warmth.
  2. Temperature. Cold shades have a calming effect, give a feeling of purity and sterility. Suitable for overly active people who need peace in the bathroom. A warm color palette looks more cozy, making you feel comfortable standing in the shower or lying in the bath.
  3. Lordship. Everything is simple here – the more white in the color, the “lighter” it will look.

Don’t forget that bathroom colors don’t just include the walls: there’s also the ceiling and the floor. The classic color scheme is a white or very light ceiling, and the floor is several tones darker than the walls. But there are other ways to design a bathroom – we’ll talk about them in the following sections.

What are the most popular colors?

Color really plays a decisive role in the interior of a bathroom: to see this again, let’s take a look at the 5 most popular shades and find out their differences.


White is synonymous with cleanliness and sterility, which is why it is almost indispensable in the bathroom. In addition, all standard plumbing also has exactly white color: in combination with the same walls and ceiling, it will give the effect of visual expansion of the room.

If you don’t want to enlarge your bathroom, create a combination with one of your favorite shades. Here is another advantage of white: it goes with everything. From standard black or grey, to bright pink or serious blue.

Pictured is a white bathroom with black accents. The combination with white sanitary ware seems to many to be contrasting, and the shade itself is dramatic and even mournful.

Another reason for rejection is the widespread belief that black hides space. But this does not mean that different undertones of coal cannot be used in a small bathroom: by combining it with other shades and using it as additional elements, you can achieve the desired contrast and dynamics in the interior.


Perhaps the second most standard color after white is cream! It is believed that it gives a cold bathroom a bit of coziness, makes it warmer, more comfortable.

If your familiar beige bathrooms are already on edge, don’t use it alone. In combination with green, blue, yellow, beige will open on the other side and serve as an excellent backdrop for a flight of fancy.

In the photo, the interior is in a classic style


Blue symbolizes water and it is at least logical to use it in the wettest room of the house. The color is often used in monochrome design: for this you need three or four shades of blue (from celestial to indigo or cobalt). Two undertones combined with white or gray will also give the desired volume.

To create a bathroom with a twist, use a complementary combination: dark blue contrasts with yellow, blue with red.


The red gamut, although used less often than others, makes an indelible impression when meeting. It may seem that scarlet is not made for the bathroom, just as fire is not made for water. But the union of opposites attracts, although it suits only the brave.

Important! Dominant red is only suitable for bathrooms that are used for short periods: washing, taking a shower. Lying in such a bath will be uncomfortable.

The combination with white sanitary ware looks impressive, but in the lines of individual manufacturers there are also scarlet products – from bathtubs to sinks and toilets.

The best combinations

Monochrome interiors are rare, so you should study the color combinations in the bathroom.

To make it easier to put several colors together, start with one: choose a base color. You can push off from the wall or floor tiles, or from the cabinet that you looked after in the store.

In the photo, wood effect shower tiles

Now we select 1 or 2 additional shades for it. There are color rules (color schemes) that make it easy to find the perfect pair:

  • Monochrome. The combination of tones of the same color – vanilla + canary + lemon, mint + herbal + emerald.
  • Similar. A union of 2-3 colors located side by side on the Itten circle: yellow + green, red + orange.
  • Complementary. It is contrasting – a combination of opposite shades. Blue and orange, for example.
  • Triad. Analog combines 3 shades equidistant from each other, contrast – any tone with two opposite ones.

In the photo, grout in the color of the walls

The last step is to decide which color will be the main one (for large surfaces), and which (1-2 tones) highlight various accessories and decor.

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Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to have a spacious bathroom, but limited space can also look cozy.

For this, a light shade is always taken as the basis: snow-white, beige, gray, pastel. It is recommended to use it on walls, ceilings, plumbing, large objects (wardrobe, cabinet).

The color of the floor is usually medium in saturation, but its design should be chosen wisely: transverse stripes, for example, can push a too narrow elongated room.

Another way to visually enlarge is reflection. In the bathrooms, a lot of mirrors, glossy furniture facades, and a stretch ceiling look appropriate.

Tip! Lighting from different points visually expands the space: replace one central chandelier with several spots.

The photo shows a combination of white and wood

Ideas for inspiration

Is it difficult to combine shades? Take a bright printed tile as a basis: it already has all the colors that can later be used on other surfaces to achieve color harmony.

If the room is supposed to use a wooden texture, on the contrary, in order not to miscalculate, give preference to monochromatic shades: white, beige, gray, black.