On the fence about what color to paint your small bathroom? I’ve got 25 of the best paint colors for small bathrooms to inspire you!
There are lots of things to consider when picking paint colors for small bathrooms.
Is there natural light or only artificial light?
finishes are you using for faucets and cabinet pulls?
Do you want it to feel calm and soothing or bright and welcoming?
White and light colors are the paint colors most people choose because the bathroom is small, but dark colors work well in small bathrooms too, even if there is no natural light coming into the space.
It really comes down to the look you are going for and how you want the space to feel.
Painting a small bathroom or powder room doesn’t take a lot of time but the paint color you choose will have the most impact in the small space.
The LRV (Light Reflective Value) is an important thing to consider before putting paint on the walls.
Let’s take a look at these 25 best paint colors for small bathrooms! From white to gray and green to black with a few in between, you’re sure to find a color you will love for your bathroom.
Burnished Clay from Behr is a great light gray paint with warmer tones. It is a greige with a cool undertone.
Although it technically has “cool” undertones according to Behr Paint, it doesn’t feel blue or purple. Depending on the light source or time of day, it may appear as a dusty beige on the walls.
Against the shiplap wall in our farmhouse
master bathroom reveal in our old house it definitely has that greige tone that is so popular.
Some experts say no to dark paint color in a small bathroom, but I say go for it! Our small bathroom doesn't have a window, yet there is plenty of light and the space doesn't feel smaller.
The dark paint color is dramatic and makes a statement.
Meteorological by Behr is a dark green that cozied up this small bathroom and we love it!
You can't go wrong with white in any room, but when you pair it with marble and black accents it's a perfect choice.
Falling Snow from Behr is a great white paint color to go with marble tile. It doesn't clash with the tile which is a big concern when you're putting two different elements of white together in a space.
I knew I wanted a modern boho farmhouse vibe so I went with gray paint color for the walls. Gray is a neutral that goes with almost anything.
Chic Gray from Behr is a warm gray with a greige undertone. It was just the color I was looking for to cozy up this bathroom.
Soft Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms
Nature's Gift by Behr is a medium green inspired by nature. It's a warm green that will look different in different light situations.
You can use it as an accent or for the whole bathroom. Light natural woods look amazing against this backdrop and black accents stand out for modern style.
Related - Check out 7 more gray green paint colors like this here!
Krypton by Sherwin Williams is a cool blue with gray undertones. It's a great choice for a small bathroom if you use the right finishes and have enough lighting.
It's on the lower end of the light reflective value spectrum at 52, but it's a calm soothing color that makes the most of the silver finishes in this bathroom creating a coastal vibe.
Dark Green Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms
Rainforest by Behr is a deep dark green. It's a dramatic color choice that really makes a statement in a small bathroom.
This paint color for small bathrooms is great to use on a
wall treatment like this board and batten with a white upper wall for high contrast.
Brass and black fixtures complement this paint color for a modern boho vibe in this bathroom that I love!
Belmont Green from Valspar is a dark moody green that makes a great
green accent wall paint color in a small bathroom. Although if you're adventurous you could also paint the whole room this color.
This dark modern green is perfect to use with natural woods and white for contrast in your space. It makes the white feel crisp and clean and adds a touch of fun to the space.
Going dark in a windowless bathroom can be scary, but Jasper by Sherwin Williams will have you changing your mind.
This dark green paint color for small bathrooms is the perfect choice to contrast with creamy whites or beiges for a modern classic style.
White Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms
White 52 from Behr is the perfect white to use with this mosaic rock tile on the floor and walls. Just because it's called white doesn't mean it is.
It's a creamy almost off-white with an LRV of 83. Pairing it with this rock tile keeps it looking white whereas in other applications it might tend to look a little more beigy white.
Simply White by Benjamin Moore is a warm white with yellow undertones. It has a light reflective value of 91.7 which makes it a bright white.
It's great to use in bathrooms with no windows and ideal for using against hard finishes like subway tile.
There is enough of a difference in the colors of white that they don't clash and Simply White really warms up this small vintage-style bathroom.
Whipped by Clare Paint is a creamy warm white that looks great with a range of other colors.
This paint color for small bathrooms complements the soft pink in the shower curtain and the coastal blue of the vanity.
The ceiling in this small bathroom didn't go untouched and was painted using Clare Paint's Blackish to add contrast and drama.
Greek Villa by Sherwin Williams is a warm white color with beige undertones.
It's a good paint color choice for a small bathroom with lots of modern elements and tile. It warms up the space in this small bathroom and looks creamy with that gorgeous floor tile.
Sometimes you just need a bright white for your space. Ultra White by Valspar is a clean crisp true white paint color with very few undertones.
It works well with the modern esthetic of this small bathroom allowing the wood tones and dark fixtures to be the star of the show.
Gray Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms
Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams is a very popular gray color. It has undertones of green and gray making it the perfect choice to use with coastal design style.
With an LRV of 63, it is an ideal paint color to use in a range of different lighting conditions. You could use it in a small bathroom with or without natural light and still have the cool relaxing feeling you're going for.
Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams is another VERY popular greige paint color that is perfect to use in small bathrooms.
Its warm tones play well to blue colors and Agreeable Gray works well in rooms with lots of natural or artificial light. It's a popular choice for farmhouse style design, but can be used with any design style to bring warmth into a space as a neutral paint color.
Boothbay Gray by Benjamin Moore (shown here as the color on the wainscoting
wall treatment on the bottom half) is a paint color with blue and green undertones. Its LRV is 43.16 and is considered a mid-toned color.
Depending on the lighting and the other colors you pair it with it can either look gray or blue.
In this small bathroom, the wall color above is a creamy white so Boothbay gray looks gray which is the perfect color for that gorgeous floor tile!
Tranquility from Benjamin Moore is a greige with blue and green undertones. It has a spa-like feel that is soothing and welcoming.
Tranquility is another neutral gray that can be used with any design style and makes adding fixtures and finishes an easy decision.
Weathered Mill by Magnolia is inspired by old-time windmills. It's a gray paint color with hints of blue and green.
Depending on the time of day and lighting conditions it can appear green or blue or gray. It's soothing and serene and the perfect choice to use in a small bathroom.
The great thing about painting colors with different undertones is that you can choose a wider range of colors to go with it.
Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams is a neutral warm paint color with an LRV of 48. It's a mid-value paint color that works well in rooms with a lot of natural or artificial light.
It's a versatile paint color for small bathrooms that works well with metallic fixtures and woods for a warm and inviting feeling.
Mink from Sherwin Williams medium to dark warm gray paint color with purple and brown undertones.
This paint color for small bathrooms makes decorating with whites, bright colors, and metallics effortless. It's a great neutral that looks warm and inviting.
Black Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms
Limousine Leather from Behr is a dark rich black paint color that is not for the faint of heart. If you're going to commit to this paint color for small bathrooms - you are my people!
The wall treatment in this black and white bathroom looks like wallpaper, but it isn't. This blogger hand-painted the design herself for a stunning result.
Related - Check out these 5
dark shiplap wall colors for even more black paint color ideas!
Black, white, and gold invoke a feeling of elegance, and Caviar from Sherwin Williams in this small bathroom doesn't disappoint.
Caviar is a deep rich black paint color with warm undertones that keep it from feeling too cold. Paired with the crisp white and gold fixtures this small bathroom is a showstopper.
The texture on the walls of this small bathroom looks like a leather wall treatment painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
The white sink and toilet along with the artwork with white backgrounds and white baseboards keep this paint color for small bathrooms from being too dark.
Gentleman's Gray by Benjamin Moore is a deep rich regal blue. Yes, believe it or not, this color is dark blue. It has an LRV (Light Reflective Value) of 5.37 which means it absorbs light since it is so low on the scale.
In a room with lots of natural light, it will show as the true blue it is as it has very little undertone. In a small bathroom with no windows, it looks almost black.
If you aren't ready to commit to painting your bathroom black, this is a perfect choice!
Which of these paint colors for small bathrooms is your favorite?
Let us know in the comments below!
Further Reading: Check out these other bathroom articles!