10 Bathroom Paint Colors Interior Designers Swear By

Updated 12/11/18
Best bathroom paint colors
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN: JDP Interiors

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."

White Dove by Benjamin Moore

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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 $40
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Stiffkey Blue by Farrow and Ball

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Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: 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 $110
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Wimborne White by Farrow and Ball

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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 $110
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Fade to Black by Portola Paints & Glazes

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Tessa Neustadt ; DESIGN: 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 $45
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White Dove by Benjamin Moore

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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 $40
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Simply White by Benjamin Moore

Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN: JDP Interiors

"This is my go-to white paint color when designing! It's clean and fresh but also has a subtle warm undertone," reveals Nicole Newkirk. "I like that I can use it in traditional and contemporary spaces and it still looks amazing."

Simply White by Benjamin Moore
Madeline Tolle for Homepolish

"One of my go-to white paint colors for bathrooms is Benjamin Moore's Simply White," says Homepolish designer Mandy Cheng. "It's such a cheerful, bright white with the tiniest bit of warmth. Whether you have a lot of natural or artificial light, it keeps your bathroom feeling light and airy and doesn't lean yellow or gray!"

Benjamin Moore Simply White $40
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Polaris Blue by Benjamin Moore

Polaris Blue by Benjamin Moore
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"Polaris Blue by Benjamin Moore is one of my favorite paints," confesses Shea McGee of Studio McGee. "It reminds me of a perfect French blue. It's vibrant, with a subtle gray undertone that keeps it understated and relaxing—just what you want your bathroom to feel like."

Polaris Blue Benjamin Moore $40

Off-Black by Farrow and Ball

Off Black by Farrow and Ball
Claire Esparros

"My favorite bathroom color is matte black," divulges Tali Roth. "I love a dramatic black bathroom with a penny round mirror! I think black or a dark moody color is great—particularly when you cant update the finishes as it adds drama."

Farrow and Ball Off-Black $110
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Moonshine by Benjamin Moore

Moonshine by Benjamin Moore
Jeremy Bittermann; DESIGN: JHID

"We love Benjamin Moore Moonshine for bathrooms because it is soft and muted but bright and luminous at the same time," offers Jessica Helgerson of JHID. "Any little bit of natural light is bounced around and reflected in the prettiest way, almost like candlelight."

Benjamin Moore Moonshine $40
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All White by Farrow & Ball

All White by Farrow & Ball
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN: Katie Hodges

"Crisp and fresh, yet subtly warm, Farrow and Ball's All White is one of my favorite white paint colors to use in a bathroom," says Katie Hodges. "Because it lacks the colder, blue undertones of many whites, it beautifully reflects light without feeling stark. It's also brilliant at picking up undertones and hues from the surrounding environment, rather than clashing." 

Farrow & Ball All White $110
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Up next: Interior designers have spoken—these are the best white paints.

This story was originally published on January 2, 2018, and has since been updated.

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