There’s something about the right color paint that can turn even the most boring bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Whether you’re renovating or just need a fresh look, these bathroom paint color ideas will help you create the bathroom oasis of your dreams.
The Best Paint Colors for Bathrooms 2023
If you’re looking to transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat, or it simply looking to give it a refresh, you’re going to love these top paint colors.
While you can of course paint your bathroom any color you like, the best paint colors for bathrooms are soft muted shades of green and blue. Why? They are calming, and relaxing, and lend themselves to a nice clean look.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to start my day in a room with a paint color that’s screaming in my face. I also don’t want to end my day getting ready for bed by staring at black, red, or aggressively yellow walls.
These soft and serene paint colors will start and end your day off right!
I’ve painted our bathrooms multiple times over the years, and suggested countless paint colors to my e-design clients for their bathrooms.
Without fail, these paint colors have remained the tried and true favorites for about the past 6 years…and for good reason!
Consider This Before You Choose Your Paint Color…
How Do You Spend Time in Your Bathroom?
The answer to this question may partially dictate the right bathroom color for your room.
If you are simply looking for a paint color for a small powder room, you can afford to go with a bold color or add an accent wall.
If it’s a kid’s bathroom, maybe a more saturated color would be fun. However, if this bathroom is your personal space to relax, take a bath or long shower and unwind at the end of a long work day, then you’ll want to choose colors that help evoke that mood.
The Best Bathroom Paint Colors
- Green – light, muted shades of green are calming and relaxing. They have a sense of bringing the outdoors in.
- Gray – gray paint colors are fresh, modern, and don’t need to feel cold. Choose warmer hues (like greige) to offset lots of white in a bathroom.
- Blue – you can’t help but feel relaxed when surrounded by blue. Shades of blue-gray are the perfect choice for a real spa-like feel.
- Light Beige – Warmer than gray, but still has that neutral, yet cozy feel that is classic.
- White – paired with warm wood tones or a blue vanity is truly stunning.
Whether you favor neutrals, greens, grays, or blues, pick a paint color for your bathroom that flows with the rest of your house, energizes the space without being too bold, and yet also creates a sense of calm.
With these colors in mind, here are some specific paint colors that will work in your bathroom:
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
Sea Salt is one of the most popular bedroom and bathroom colors of the past few years. It makes the room feel very tranquil and beach-like, and works wonderfully well alongside lots of bright, crisp whites.
Behr Reflecting Pool
One of my personal favorite paint color choices of all time, Behr’s Reflecting Pool is a very soft blue-gray color.
It works just as well with dark wood tones as it does with bright whites, and is a wonderful color to brighten up a dark space.
In fact, we even used it in our basement playroom and living room. It’s a perfect paint color that will work in any space in your home as it doesn’t read too blue, and feels fresh and modern thanks to the gray.
Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray
Boothbay Gray is a lovely blue-gray with (at times) a light green undertone. More often than not, it will lean into the blue side of things.
It looks just as good on a bathroom wall as it does on a front door or kitchen island (we used it on ours!), so it’s a great color choice to reflect in different spaces throughout your home.
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed
If Sherwin Williams Sea Salt is my number 1 bathroom wall color with clients, Rainwashed certainly comes in a close second.
It’s significantly more green than Sea Salt with a lot less gray. A lot of people are surprised by how bright it looks on their walls, so I would use it sparingly or cool it down with lots of white and marble as pictured above for best results.
It’s a beautiful color, though, with a really tranquil, spa-like feeling to it.
Sherwin Williams Serious Gray
Is it a dark blue or dark gray? Serious Gray is one of those fun paint colors that can go either way depending on the light.
It’s a stunning dark and moody color that really pops against a bright white. In my home, it mostly leans into the blue side of things, that is until the sun goes down and it looks dark gray!
Benjamin Moore Healing Aloe
Healing Aloe is a very light green-gray with the tiniest bit of blue thrown in for good measure.
It gives a wonderful fresh feeling to a bathroom, almost like a breath of fresh air. In darker spaces, or those with no natural lighting, it will look substantially greener – but still beautiful.
Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp
Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp via Home Bunch
If you’re looking for the perfect green-gray to blend with warmer wood tones, then Gray Wisp is a really great choice.
While it still works well with cooler tones, I particularly love this shade when paired with medium woods and earthy colors.
Sherwin Williams Storm Cloud
Go full-on coastal with this bright pop of blue in your bathroom, especially paired with white tiles and cool whites.
Benjamin Moore Quiet Moments
The popularity of this paint color has never wavered over the years.
Quiet Moments is the perfect blend of gray, green, and blue that instantly evokes a sense of relaxation. It has enough green that it works with both warm and cool color palettes, while always looking clean and fresh.
Sherwin Williams Krypton
Krypton is another popular blue-gray paint color that leans heavily into the blue side of things. It pairs really well with cooler-toned tile and finishes, especially marble.
Benjamin Moore Paper White
Paper White is what I like to call a unicorn paint color. It’s one of those rare colors that seems to work everywhere.
Whether your bathroom is flooded with natural light, or dark and windowless dependent on artificial light, Paper White is the perfect light gray that has enough warmth that it never feels cold – yet still looks like a fresh, modern gray.
It works with cool and warm finishes (so marble and all things white AND wood tones) and is just overall a perfect color!
Don’t forget – no matter what you’ve read or photos you’ve seen online, it’s really important to sample paint colors in your home before committing!
Samplize provides real paint samples that are easy to move around your home, and cheaper than buying a gazillion paint pots! It’s the only way I buy paint samples.
Hopefully I’ve introduced you to some new and inspiring paint colors to paint your bathroom! The only problem is that there’s so many beautiful shades to choose from! Which is your favorite?
I have a question and a bit overwhelmed, I have bone color toilet and bath tub, my walls are painted accessible beige, I am trying to pick out a paint color to paint the cabinet in my bathroom. I have picked out a grey and neutral tones in the countertop , do you have any recommendations on the color to use to paint the cabinets where everything to work together?
After reading rave reviews about Sea Salt as a no-fail bathroom color, I chose this color for our master bathroom. Being in a hurry to paint as a surprise for my husband led me to skip the critical step of sampling the color on the wall first. Big mistake. Sea Salt looked horrible, especially up against the Hale Navy ceiling. It looked like 1980’s seafoam green. Even my husband didn’t like it (and he usually has no opinions about paint colors). Within two weeks I repainted it White Dove which looks so much better.
Sea Salt is a really polarizing color! It looks best in an all-white space (white bath, white ceilings, etc.) I personally don’t love it, either.
Could you please suggest good paint color for teen girls bathroom.
Learnt so much reading your articles. Thank you
The sea salt color is awesome. Your bathroom looks super clean and not over done! Nice work!!!