Bathroom Colour Guide | More Bathrooms

Published: 20 July 2020

With many of us spending more time at home, the quest has begun to find ways we can spruce up our space without breaking the bank.

As one of the most used rooms in the house, you may have decided it’s time to give your once-beloved bathroom a fresh coat of paint. It can be difficult to know what to do when it comes to decorating a bathroom, particularly if you have a smaller space. While your options for homely decorations might be limited, choosing the right colour paint can be a cost-effective way to have a big impact.

Whether you plan to take on a D.I.Y paint project or hope to get the professionals in, we’ve put together a bathroom colour guide consisting of the best bathroom colour combinations you could use to freshen up your suite.

What Colours Are Best For Small Bathrooms?

A lot of people question what colour is best for a small bathroom, as the small size can appear difficult to work with. Choosing the right colour can play an important role, whether that’s making a small bathroom seem bigger or giving a sense of personality to an otherwise overlooked space.

There are two main colour schemes we suggest when designing a small bathroom:

Light colours
A clean and stark white bathroom never goes out of style, and it has the effect of bouncing light around the room and creating the illusion of a bigger space. That white can be combined with other colours such as cream, white and light grey - this colour combination is particularly recommended for smaller bathrooms with minimal natural light, as it helps to open up the space. If using white, you can either opt for crisp and clean, or a slightly darker tone for a bit of warmth.

Bright colours
Bright colours and bold patterns incorporated within a feature wall add personality to small suites. It creates the illusion of a bigger space by creating depth and tricking the eye into making the room look elongated.

Alternatively, going all-in and opting for a dark and moody hue can create a warmly enveloping space.

Bathroom Colour Combinations

The best bathroom colour combinations are those that compliment both your bathroom aesthetics and personal style. Before ordering your tester pots though, consider what style of bathroom you have, or are trying to achieve - is it a modern space or traditional? Traditional bathrooms can just about be paired with any colour, whether bright and vibrant or warm and welcoming.

A contemporary suite can benefit from careful colour consideration as the right paint can really accent its sleek lines and smart fittings.

We’ve curated some of our favourite bathroom colour schemes below:


The implementation of a black and white colour scheme provides a sophisticated and contemporary touch to any bathroom design.

It’s a versatile colour combination to match with, so don’t be afraid to include a pop of colour with your bathroom accessories.

Neutral Colours

Another versatile colour combination to match is neutral colours, consisting of white, beige, tan and light brown. They help to brighten and bring warmth to bathrooms for those who want a minimal design.

Neutral colours can be paired with the majority of colours including other warm tones, pastels and patterns.

Earthy Tones

Earthy and natural tones including greens with a yellow or blue undertone and shades of blue create calm and serenity, helping to bring the colours of nature indoors. Match with other shades of blue, green, grey and or white

Dark Colours

If you want to make a statement in your bathroom opt for a bold dark colour such as black, navy or emerald green. Using dark colours in your bathroom allows your stylish fittings and fixtures to really stand out. Plus, it’s not often you see a really dark bathroom - it’s sure to make a statement!

Pair dark colours with white, silver and or gold accents to add elegance to your suite. Adding dark colours is just one of the points we explore in our blog on how to create a luxury bathroom.

Colour Tip

If you wish to include black but don’t want it to take over your suite, consider black accents through the use of black frames and bathroom accessories - this will also help to create a contemporary look.

Shades Of Grey

A popular bathroom colour option, the incorporation of grey helps to create a modern yet minimal look. Using grey colours adds a touch of sophistication to your suite and looks great against white fixtures. As a colour that goes with most, match grey with blues, pastels, dark colours or other tones of grey.

Pastel Colours

If you want to incorporate a touch of colour whilst keeping designs minimal, incorporate pastel colours such as pink and or purple.

Combine with cool tones such as grey, white and other pastel colours.

Bright colours

Adding bright colours such as shades of red, orange and yellow can bring joy to your suite and help to boost your mood. If you’re bringing some energy to your bathroom with these sunny paint colours, they can be combined with white to avoid the space being overwhelmed with colour.

Other Bathroom Design Considerations

Now you’ve considered the best bathroom colour combinations, we’ve put together a few bonus tips to consider when changing the colour scheme of your bathroom.

Bathroom Ventilation

If your suite has limited ventilation, consider a specialist bathroom paint that has moisture resistant properties.

Paint Positioning

If you’re not ready to take on the walls, you can still freshen up your space by painting your bathtub and/or furniture within your bathroom.

Wallpaper And Tiles

Create a fun bathroom design with a patterned wallpaper feature wall or patterned floor and wall tiles. Tie in one of the colours from your chosen pattern with the colour of the rest of the walls in your suite for a subtle statement. Have a read of our blog on choosing the right bathroom tiles if you’re stuck for inspiration!

If you wish to find out further information on how you can transform your suite, or want to discuss your bathroom design wants and needs, call us or book a free, no obligation design appointment with one of our senior designers today.

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Senior Designer

Julie joined the Passmore team in August 2019 as a direct result of continued growth and company expansion, particularly the acquisition of the concession showroom in Mirfield.

A senior interior designer of bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens for just over 30 years, Julies first-hand experience, design expertise and breadth of industry knowledge makes her a fantastic addition to the sales and design team.

Having started her career at a local chemical company in the drawing office Julie quickly turned her hand to interior design first moving to Magnet before settling at Norwood Interiors where she remained for 28 years.

Outside the office Julie is a lover of fine wine and good food, perfectly mixing the two while socialising with friends and enjoying some well-deserved R&R in sunnier climates.

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