When it comes to decorating the home, bathroom colors are often an oversight. While it might not be where you gather or host, people spend a substantial amount of time in the bathroom — about 30 minutes per day, on average. And in most cases, your guests will get at least a glimpse of the space.
So, what are the best colors for a bathroom? The answer to this question isn't cut and dry. It depends on a few factors, like the decor in the rest of your home, your personal preferences and how much space you have to work with. Having said that, checking out some tastefully curated bathroom color schemes might help you come up with a few bathroom color ideas of your own.
35 Bathroom Color Ideas and Combos
Whether you're into pared-down neutrals, pops of color, deep moody hues, warm earthy tones or are open to any and all bathroom colors on the palette, you'll find something here that speaks to you. Let's get started.
Balanced Blend of Neutrals
One of the best bathroom color schemes is a balanced blend of neutrals. You can create a sophisticated medley with black, white, beige, grey and natural wood finishes. Coupled with the lush greenery of a few plants, the space definitely won't look bare.
If you’re looking for a neutral look around the house, explore the Neutral Bedroom Decor Ideas for Your Sleep Space guide.
Blush and Brown
Blush (aka millennial pink) is a surprisingly versatile hue. It goes beautifully with nearly any shade of brown, from mocha to camel to undyed wicker. Consider pairing a blush tub mat and towels with natural wood finishes in your bathroom.
Learn more about the difference between Bath Mats vs. Bath Rugs in our blog.
Towel colors are an important consideration when choosing colors for the bathroom. To add interest while sticking to a neutral theme, go with a set of marled grey or speckled white bath linens.
Read our blog to learn what went behind the design of our Speckled Collection.
Hint of Warmth
Of course, neutrals are far from your only option. Some really gorgeous bathroom color schemes feature deep reds, rich browns, ochre and other warm tones.
See how these warm hues were incorporated into design influencer Ashley Hosmer's Los Angeles Home.
Classic Black and White
When it comes to simple yet striking aesthetic bathroom color ideas, you really can't go wrong with a black and white theme. One of the best ways to feature the classic combo is with tile flooring, but you can also do white cabinets with black knobs or a white porcelain tub painted black matte on the outside.
The stark contrast of black and white will likely never go out of style, but if you want to soften it a bit, choose off-black and off-white shades. For instance, these charcoal waffle towels go well with ivory walls, but you could also do deep grey tile with bone-colored bath linens.
Black, White and Ochre
If you're working in tight quarters, you might think you're limited to pale tones, but forest green is actually one of the best small bathroom paint colors. You don't have to go all out either — a half-wall accent will make a subtle statement.
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All White But Full of Character
There's nothing wrong with an all-white design scheme. Choosing colors for a small bathroom can be tricky, but you can actually do a lot with a pared-down monochrome space. Break things up with textured flooring, vintage-inspired fixtures, tiled backsplash or a full subway-style wall.
Eclectic design is all about combining different styles, varying textures and contrasting hues to create a tasteful juxtaposition. If you appreciate a colorful bathroom, this decor approach might be right up your alley.
Hand-woven jute fibers are an excellent way to add texture to your space. Learn more in our blog, What Is a Jute Rug?
Featuring varying textures and configurations of the same medium wood finish, this is an elegant take on monochrome interior design. In addition to a slatted wall, wooden storage solutions and a moisture-resistant bamboo towel rack, it calls back the color with ribbed towels and bathroom accessories to match.
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Instead of light colors and modern fixtures, this handsome half-bath incorporates vintage and traditional pieces to make a bold, rebellious statement. A maximalist marble sink, molded brass sconces, an old-fashioned curved mirror and a framed historical artifact create an unexpectedly suave effect.
Gold accents are an easy way to make neutral bathroom colors pop. From drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and towel hooks to light fixtures, faucets and mirror frames, there are endless ways to include this metallic finish.
Speaking of mirrors, check out our detailed guide on How to Decorate With Mirrors Across Your Home.
Shades of Clay
The color of bathroom walls isn't the only way to add dimension and interest. For instance, this thoughtfully curated space features a terracotta backsplash with maximum grout exposure and muted clay fouta towels.
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Unexpected Color Combos
Red and green color combos are typically reserved for the holiday season, but varying shades of these contrasting hues can actually work surprisingly well in bathrooms. Think terracotta and teal or sage and sienna.
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Elegant Play on Cement Grey
Cement grey has a bare-bones, industrial aesthetic, but when combined with shiny metal fixtures, glam-inspired decor and luxurious bath linens, it can be quite elegant.
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Casual Pop of Color
Looking for small bathroom color ideas? Consider a bold hue for a single fixture or furnishing, like this marigold shower caddy. It's eye-catching without clashing with the greenery and tile, plus it can be moved around as needed.
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Cream and Copper
Cream and copper combine in one of those bathroom color schemes that are simple yet refreshingly unique. See how the cream-colored towels offset the stunning reddish-brown metal hue of this freestanding tub.
Wondering How to Wash and Properly Care for Towels? Read our article for expert guidance.
Moody Black Walls
Despite popular misconception, a dark bathroom color won't actually make the space feel smaller — or darker for that matter. So don't overlook charcoal and black when considering bathroom paint ideas.
If you like moody bathroom color schemes, you might think about decorating your sleeping quarters with a similar style. Here's How to Design a Black Bedroom.
White and Wood
For those who prefer light bathroom colors, white and wood are a foolproof combination. The hues contrast each other beautifully without being overbearing. And with waffle bath towels and woven baskets, the space will have plenty of texture.
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The Rule of Three
When you're stuck on ideas for bathroom colors, consider the rule of three. The design concept says to choose one primary color, plus two other complementing tones. For instance, this bathroom features dark grey walls and floors as its primary color, then accents the deep shade with medium wood finishes and white porcelain for the tub and sinks.
Subtle Sunset Scheme
A sunset color scheme can also be really lovely. Sienna, terracotta, clay, ochre and even blush play well together and can be integrated with backsplash, tile floors, towels or a shower curtain.
Check out our Guide to Shower Curtains for tips on selecting the perfect curtain for your space.
The best bathroom color schemes usually feature cool or warm tones, but there are no rules saying you have to pick a side. See how this matte grey pumice stone tub is accented with the rich ochre of these ribbed towels and a warm wooden bath tray.
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Less Color, More Pattern
If you're out of bathroom color ideas or just aren't a fan of bright, bold hues, you can make a statement with patterns. Think mosaic flooring, herringbone backsplash, shiplap walls or neutral printed wallpaper.
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If your design preferences are a bit more rustic, lean in with your bathroom colors. From brick and weathered wood to tarnished brass accents and terracotta towels, there are endless ways to make it your own.
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Taupe walks the line between cool and warm with finesse. Not quite beige but not grey either, this versatile hue is one of the best small bathroom colors for a neutral design scheme. Best of all, you can use cool or warm accents, like shiny gold fixtures or grey printed wallpaper.
Grey and Gold
This glamorous bathroom does an excellent job combining not only cool and warm colors but also glossy and flat finishes. See how the matte grey cabinetry and light grey rug act as a neutral base for the shiny gold fixtures, beveled mirrors and glazed herringbone tile.
While your bathroom decor should be somewhat of an extension of your entire home's color scheme, it can be fun to flip things around in your half-bath. For instance, let's say the rest of your home features white as the primary color with medium wood furnishings and charcoal accents. Then in the powder room, you can use charcoal as the base color and accent it with white and wood.
One of the best ways to add a pop of color to a bathroom is with a statement tub. If yours is the clawfoot variety, it should be fairly easy to coat the exterior with matte ceramic paint.
Dove Grey All Day
Dark blue and deep teal are seasonless colors that work well in bathrooms. These shades are more versatile than you'd think, too, pairing beautifully with white, cream, grey, green and nearly any metal finish.
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Wallpaper is having a comeback. Today's options come in nearly any print or pattern you can imagine. And unlike the sheets of yesteryear, many are temporary (aka peel-and-stick), meaning they won't ruin the paint underneath.
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Texture Over Color
When in doubt, prioritize texture over color. See how this minimalist bathroom adds interest to its mostly white theme with woven baskets, vertical shiplap walls and marble tile flooring.
Want additional bathroom color ideas and decor inspiration? Check out our Bathroom Interior Design Guide.
Free Home Styling Consultations from Parachute
Seeing pictures of other homes can help get your wheels turning when designing your own space. But if you're still unsure how to go about decorating your bathroom, a home stylist from Parachute is here to assist.
During your free one-on-one virtual consultation, they can provide expert insight into choosing colors, offer ideas for bathroom paint or give pointers for designing a small or odd-shaped room. Schedule your complimentary appointment today!