Jan 3, 2018 Décor

4 Bathroom Paint Colors Interior Designers Swear By

by Megan Beauchamp

It's no secret that paint can transform a space. Whether you're looking to refresh your small powder room or revamp your master bathroom, a fresh coat can quickly take a room of any size from drab and dreary to open and bright or moody and sophisticated. But, as anyone who's wandered down the paint aisle at their local hardware store can attest, choosing a paint color is easier said than done.

When it comes to selecting the right bathroom paint color, there are a number of factors to consider that are specific to that space, particularly if you're freshening up a particularly small bathroom. Will a dark hue make the room feel sophisticated and modern or cramped and cave-like? Will a crisp shade of white look too cold and stark in a room without windows? Because paint colors can be so hard to envision, naturally, we turned to the pros to narrow down our swatch selection.

Keep scrolling to find out why interiors designers call these the "best bathroom paint colors."


Amy Bartlam for Homepolish; DESIGN: Jordan Shields

When we asked interior designer Jordan Shields to reveal her go-to bathroom paint color, she immediately replied with Benjamin Moore White Dove. "It's a nice warm white that has a subtle pop when mixed with whites and contrasting colors," she says. "I love combining it with a white trim for a really fresh and clean-feeling finished space."

Benjamin Moore White Dove (price upon request)


Tessa NeustadtDESIGN: Emily Henderson

"I recently painted the wainscoting in my master bathroom this color, and I love the deep, moody yet sophisticated hue that it brought to the room," says Emily Henderson of her pick for the best bathroom paint color. "A dark blue bathroom might not be for everyone, but I love how much drama and color it brought to the room."

Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue (price upon request)


Zeke Ruelas; DESIGN: Brady Tolbert

"In my vintage bathroom, I knew I needed something that wasn't going to make the space feel smaller (like a bold color) yet something that still would keep it feeling open and bright, which is why this color was perfect for the space," explains Brady Tolbert. "It's a slightly off-white tone that still feels clean enough to read as white but not so stark that it goes cold and modern."

Farrow and Ball Wimborne White (price upon request)


Tessa NeustadtDESIGN: Stefani Stein

"Fade to Black is a soft black that is simultaneously modern and classic," divulges interior designer Stefani Stein. "It lends a dramatic touch to a powder room while still working well with an overall neutral palette. It was the perfect addition to this Venice beach home!"

Portola Paints & Glazes Fade to Black (price upon request)


D. Gilbert Photography; DESIGN: DISC Interiors

"We love the warmth and depth of White Dove for a bathroom," explains David John Dick of DISC Interiors. "It's a color that doesn't feel stark or cold, and the warmth works nicely with both natural stones such as limestone and wood tones such as oak."

Benjamin Moore White Dove (price upon request)

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