Stylish Bathroom Color Schemes

black pink bathroom
Photo: Colleen Duffley

Bathrooms are excellent rooms for experimenting with fun color palettes. Take a cue from these color schemes to transform your bathroom into a stylish retreat.

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Blue + White + Black

bathroom blue vanity
Greg Scheidemann

Temper multiple shades of blue with monochromatic accents. In this powder room, blue patterned wallpaper provides a fun backdrop for a DIY dresser-turned-vanity painted in a similar shade. The satin paint on the vanity complements the black granite's polished sheen, and the artwork incorporates both blue and black for a cohesive color scheme.

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Khaki + Gray + Canary Yellow

yellow accent bathroom
Jay Wilde

Take traditional shades like tan and gray to the next level with a pop of citrus color. Lemony accents brighten this otherwise monochromatic bathroom. Provide depth to the room and set off light khaki-color walls painted in an eggshell sheen by installing rich gray board-and-batten wainscoting painted in a satin sheen. This DIY project is surprisingly easy but makes a noticeable improvement.

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Pink + White + Black

pink vanity bathroom
Emily Followill

Barbie's dream house has nothing on this beautiful bathroom color scheme. A splash of pink on the vanity and pretty black-and-white floral wallpaper provide feminine flair. Clean white countertops, polished-nickel accents, and glass hardware sparkle against the vanity. Be sure to choose a high-sheen paint for a luxurious, glossy look you're sure to love. With reflective paints, it's important to sand the surface well before painting.

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Sage + White

green tile bathroom
Laurie Black

All you need is a splash of new tile to bask in the calming atmosphere of a simple, subdued color scheme inspired by nature. Tile on this bathtub surround shimmers in various shades of light green. The natural hue feels fresh with white walls, tile flooring, and marble countertops. A section of hardwood flooring continues the earthy scheme and contributes warmth. If you're painting the tile yourself, be sure to remove the glossy surface with sandpaper before using the paint.

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Purple + White + Brown

purple bathroom brown foot stool
Kim Cornelison

Evoke regal elegance in your bathroom with pretty purple walls. Here, a rich eggplant shade continues in honeycomb floor tiles. A white vanity and neutral wall trim prevent the hue from becoming too heavy. Chocolate brown, seen on a footstool, brings warmth to the color scheme. Instead of ordinary paint, opt for grass-cloth wallpaper. When painting over existing grass cloth, keep in mind that it may take more coats than usual to cover all the grooves in the texture. An oil-base primer will help prep the intended area.

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Favorite Bathroom Paint Colors

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Fire-Engine Red + Crisp White

red vanity bathroom
Werner Straube

Don't be afraid to go bold with your bathroom color scheme. A bright red vanity shouts sophistication when paired with traditional accents, like an ornate mirror, vintage chrome faucet, and sparkling wall sconces. Prevent a small space from becoming too busy by embracing loud color on a single item or wall. DIY these all-white wall accents with the help of an antique mirror and white spray paint. Use painters tape on the mirror to protect the surface.

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Rose + Soft Blue + Greige

small bathroom blue chair
Emily Followill

Soft pastels become sophisticated with a warm neutral and plenty of texture. Here, marble floors and greige walls ground pretty blue and pink accents. When painting a room of this grandeur, don't forget to lay a drop cloth over the marble floor for protection. Hang luxurious curtains and place plush furniture to offset the shiny surrounding surfaces. These warm additions will keep your bathroom color scheme from feeling cold.

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Navy + Red + White

blue wall stripe bathroom
John Bessler

Traditional Americana colors—red, white, and blue—look upscale when thoughtfully incorporated. Bold navy and white stripes make this small bathroom appear larger than it really is. Achieve crisp lines by ensuring your painters tape is pressed firmly to the wall before you dip the brush into paint. With red accents kept to a minimum, the space feels lively and inviting rather than cliche.

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Gray + Charcoal + Yellow + Sky Blue

gray tile white bathroom
Edmund Barr

Soft gray tile lends a neutral backdrop for sunny-yellow and sky-blue accents in this calming bathroom. The polka-dot towel display features a cheery motif that picks up on the bathroom's accessories and crisp white walls. Before taking the leap to an all-white room, consider your light source. Bathrooms with a direct light source, such as a skylight, may do better with a grayish-white or cream hue.

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Grape + Forest Green + White

white bathroom border wallpaper
Brian McWeeney

Add charm to a cottage bathroom with splashy purple and forest green. Seen here in a border of wallpaper, the colors stimulate without overwhelming, and draw the eyes upward to visually expand the small space. Reflect the coziness of cottage style by installing crisp white shiplap beneath. Aside from extreme rough patches, don't sand down imperfections on your shiplap boards; the small bumps and scratches give it that rustic feel.

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Cerulean + Orange + Chocolate Brown

blue vanity orange accent bath
Edmund Barr

Kick up calming blues with spots of energetic orange. Blue-gray vanity color tempers the brightness of orange artwork and accessories. Remove all the drawers and sand all the surfaces to ensure the best painting conditions. A rich brown stool and matching door frame add coziness. Make this upgrade easy on yourself by leaning artwork against the wall casually instead of reaching for the hammer and nails.

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Chartreuse + Gray + White

chartreuse blooms bathroom walls
Werner Straube

Skeptical about wallpaper? Use the bathroom for a test run on application techniques. Large-scale chartreuse blooms climb the walls as a bold backdrop for the crisp white pedestal sink. A brushed-nickel faucet and metal-framed mirror offer gleaming companionship for the wall covering's gray stems and leaves.

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Black + Yellow + White

white tile bathroom yellow accent
Reed Davis

Give your bathroom a tile makeover. Classic white subway tile mixes with vintage finds, such as the old farm stool and a refurbished wall sink. If painting over old tile, always use latex or epoxy paint as a primer. These will adhere to the tile surface, unlike other common paints. The underside of the sink is painted a matte black, while yellow and black accents dot the room.

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Black + Tan + Mahogany

mahogany vanity shiplap bathroom
Emily Followill

The walls of this masculine bath are covered with natural shiplap in tones of light tan. The mahogany vanity and marble countertop ground the space and add a strong sense of style. To add a solid look to your bathroom, build your mirrors a pair of custom-fit frames in a vintage black hue. Carry the black into the trim for a cohesive look.

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Fiery Orange + White

Fiery Orange Bathroom
Werner Straube

The bold orange wall color adds warmth and a splash of youthful energy to this kids bathroom. Crisp white beaded board adorns the lower portion of the walls, while the tub and its surround are covered with square white tiles that match the vintage look of the bathroom trough sink. Paint the underside of the exposed sink black to prevent the white from becoming too overwhelming. Also, remember to use a primer when painting with bright hues. This important step will save you from having to use several coats of paint.

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White + Butter Yellow

white yellow bathroom
James Salomon

A color palette of warm yellow and crisp white creates a vintage feel in this primary bathroom. White-painted paneling covers three-fourths of the bathroom's walls, while the upper portion features a sunny-yellow hue. Paint thick, dark grout lines throughout the shower and floor tiling to emphasize the bathroom's vintage aesthetic. Quick tip: Use a foam brush when painting grout to prevent brush hairs from coming loose.

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Dove Gray + Gold

Carrara marble countertop vanity
Kim Cornelison

If you want to put a regal twist on your primary bath, head to the paint aisle and purchase metallic gray paint. Apply the hue in thick, uneven strokes for a unique look. Here, the luxurious Carrara marble countertop on the walnut vanity base mirrors the soothing gray on the walls. The shimmering gold mirror frame above the vanity subtly bounces light from the nearby window, echoing the room's gleaming chrome fixtures.

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Pistachio + Baby Blue + Yellow

green yellow blue accent bathroom
Greg Scheidemann

This tiny bathroom has big style, thanks to an analogous color scheme of green, yellow, and blue. To create the illusion of more height, the walls were outfitted with narrow-plank beadboard and the ceiling was painted a soft blue hue. When painting the ceiling a different color than the walls, remember to outfit the trim in painters tape. Decorative elements scattered throughout the space, such as the window treatments, hand towels, and sconce shades, incorporate splashes of green and yellow.

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Black + White

black accents white bathroom
Julie Soefer

White walls, wispy white countertops, and contrasting tile flooring all look grounded with a collection of black accents in this primary bathroom. Inexpensive accessories, such as the thin black frame and black terra-cotta pots, make this design easy to recreate. The modern black-and-white color scheme draws a unique juxtaposition to its natural wood furnishings.

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Tan + Smoke Gray + Mahogany

Moroccan tile gray bathroom
Edmund Barr

In this bathroom, grass-cloth walls, rich mahogany woodwork, and built-ins work together to create a room with character. The shower enclosure features glazed grayish-blue Moroccan tiles along the walls and marble flooring underfoot, both of which add cool, contrasting color. Since grass-cloth walls are difficult to paint, we recommend testing a small out-of-the-way section first. A makeover of this grandeur may seem daunting, but it's so worth it in the end.

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Purple + Coffee

purple bathroom coffee-color cabinets
Greg Scheidemann

Pairing dark colors doesn't feel gloomy in this bathroom. Dusky amethyst walls and coffee-colored cabinets work beautifully with a mix of white, iridescent, and clear glass tiles, along with expansive mirrors. Make your own mosaic backsplash to lighten up an existing dark vintage color scheme.

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Powder Blue + White + Walnut

soft blue walls bathroom
John Bessler

In this bathroom, white beaded board and soft blue walls lend a barely-there backdrop for a rich walnut vanity and shimmering chrome furnishings. The walnut cabinet base helps the airy color palette feel grounded. The bathroom's chrome furnishings reflect and bounce light around the room to add subtle sparkle. Re-create this look inexpensively with faux marble countertop contact paper.

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Powder Blue + Buff Beige + White

Powder blue tile bathroom
Emily Followill

White tile and colored walls are the bathroom standard. Flip your old bathroom on its head with this unique color combo. Powder-blue tile looks cool and clean as this bath's statement feature. Dress the rest of the room in soft whites so as not to distract from the tilework. Match the wall color with the blue tile by asking your local paint expert for a white with cool tones.

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Ocean Blue + Sandy Brown + White

beach vibe bathroom
Alise O'Brien

A soft palette of watery blue, sandy brown, and white creates a beachy aura in this bathroom. The vanity cabinet matches the color of the walls, creating a seamless look. When painting cabinet doors, we recommend an oil-base paint or a water-base latex paint for the topcoat to form a durable shell. Get inspired by this look and add a mosaic tile backsplash for a hint of sparkle and vintage appeal.

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Raspberry + Black

black pink bathroom
Colleen Duffley

You've probably never thought to match your trim to a tile backsplash, but that's exactly what you should do to achieve this luxurious look.The marble tile on the lower portion of the walls adds smooth texture, which is echoed in the trim along the ceiling.

A cheerful pink hue on the upper portion of this bathroom's walls lends an unexpected splash of color to the predominantly neutral scheme. Don't forget to cover the marble before painting the walls. Mirrored cabinet fronts on the black vanity ensure the piece doesn't overwhelm the small bathroom space.

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