Ah, the age-old design myth that crisp white paint will make teeny-tiny rooms like small bathrooms and powder rooms feel so much larger. Sure, it sometimes rings true, but it's most definitely not the only option. Sometimes the best way to make a small bathroom feel more spacious is to embolden it with dark, bright, or experimental paint colors. To open everyone up to the whole wide world of small bathroom paint colors, we're spotlighting our top favorite shades below. From neutrals to moody tones and vibrants pops, you'll find a small bathroom paint color idea to inspire your weekend home project (because small space = less painting time so you can really do it in a day!).
For a powder room this small, a mirror hung at an angle above a corner sink maximizes every inch (and clutter can be stashed behind the fabric skirt). The Wedgwood plates and round accent table help counteract the boxiness, and add charm. To add a bit more polish and intrigue, the walls are painted in a light, soothing gray.
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With a slim cylindrical sink and lone pendant light, this bathroom is perfectly proportioned. But since there's no room for any decorative extras and even the essential pieces can't take up too much space, the only way to make a power move design-wise is with a bold paint color. We're digging the forest green hue Fiona Lynch Studio chose.
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This bathroom designed by ETC.etera for Firehouse Hotel is the perfect balance between serious and quirky, upscale and funky. The red wine-hued cabinets are the clear focal point of the bathroom, which are accentuated by the marigold zellige tiles. Together, they create a warm color story.
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Okay, we know we said we were going to stay away from white, but here's proof that sometimes it really is the best choice for small bathrooms. Alexander M. Reid opted for a crispy, bright white for this traditional bathroom and then added splashes of blue for a classic combo. The graphic floor tiles liven it up and the white walls serve as a perfect backdrop for the gallery of artwork.
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The floral skirted sink vanity and complementary painted green walls make everyday feel like a fresh spring morning in this cheerful bathroom by Madcap Cottage. The two tones of green paint speak to the many shades in the floral fabric skirt as well as the wallpaper.
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We love the eclectic artwork against the baby pink walls of this powder room. A teeny tiny bathroom is the perfect place for a playful paint color since there's not room for any other decorative statements. In this bathroom, the pink backdrop makes the traditional portrait gallery fun and whimsical.
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Whether used in a bohemian space or somewhere more traditional, a super dark, almost black eggplant purple is instantly enriching. It boasts Victorian vibes in this bathroom against the crisp white and gilt frames.
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When you want to use a neutral hue but also want to spice things up texturally, use a specialty finish. Something chalky, super matte, or ultra glossy will do. In this bathroom, interior designer Tamsin Johnson opted for a clay-like oatmeal paint, which compliments both the edgy concrete and modern glass accents as well as the earth tone of the fabric skirt.
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The vibrant tangerine-painted cabinets in this bathroom designed by ETC.etera bring out the orange undertones in the pink stone vanity topper, which also ties in the pink floor tiles and area rug. The lesson? Match your cabinets to yoru natural stones and tiles.
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For a high-impact contrast, paint your trims with a glossier finish. The black, white, brown, green, and gold color scheme in this bathroom is the perfect example to follow if you love glammed out interiors.
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You can't go wrong with sky blue, especially in a small bathroom. Here, Arent & Pyke brought some grownup polish to the light-hearted, cheery color with sharp black accents, an ornate Art Deco area rug, and grayscale-speckled floor tiles.
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Reath Design opted for a creamy off-white paint color in this bathroom for a softer version of bright white. It pairs nicely with the fun, geometric area rug and the green-painted window frames.
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It's all about layers, textures, color in this warm bathroom designed by Heidi Caillier. She transformed a rustic green dresser into a sink vanity which is polished off with a natural stone countertop for a sleek touch. the most transformative element of the space is definitely the dark gray paint, which strikes a cozy mood.
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If you love the romantic, sweet qualities of light pink but also want something that feels slightly edgier, opt for a dusty rose. This one has a mysterious smokiness to it and the sharp marine blue contrasting door sharpens it up.
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