Looking for the perfect paint color for your powder room? Here’s my favorite half bathroom paint color ideas + what to look for when picking a color for your space!
I had so much fun doing a one day half bathroom makeover in our house, I was incredibly impressed by the power of paint to transform the space from blah to personalized.
I know that small bathroom paint ideas can be tricky. Small rooms in general can feel closed in and dark if you pick the wrong shade.
What is the most popular powder room paint color?
The most popular option for a powder room is going to be a neutral bathroom color. This could be white, gray, or beige. Probably a light toned color.
Choose something that coordinates with the undertones in your existing flooring and hard finishes like tile that won’t be changing!
What is the best paint color for a half bathroom?
The easiest color to paint a powder room is going to be white. A white bathroom can feel spa-like, clean, and inviting. You can choose to keep it neutral or add pops of color in the decor.
Be sure you test whites to find the perfect color – there really is a lot of variance in white!
Be sure to check out my guide to small bathroom paint colors!
Do I need special paint for bathroom walls?
Traditionally, it is said you should use semi-gloss paint in a bathroom. I do NOT agree with this.
Semi-gloss shows off so many dings and imperfections in the walls. I hate it!
Use a flat or eggshell paint instead.
Modern paints are designed to withstand a certain normal level of moisture.
Especially in a half bathroom, with no steamy shower, regular paint is absolutely fine.
Do I need to match my powder room paint color to my living room?
Matching your half bathroom to the rest of your main living area is a great way to have a cohesive home. Plus, if you are painting yourself, you can buy more paint – like a 5 gallon bucket – for a better price per gallon than buying different single gallons.
You can always opt to do a bold color in a half bathroom, though! It’s often a great place to do something bold.
Our current half bath is the same color as our downstairs.
In our last house, we painted the half bathroom the same color as the kitchen island – which was also the color of the tile in the kitchen and the front door! It was our main accent color.
You really can’t go wrong either way!
Paint vs. Wallpaper for a powder room
A lot of interior designers hang wallpaper in half bathrooms. There are a few reasons to do this.
First, it’s a small space with a door. So it is a way to have a hidden surprise for guests.
The size of the space (small) makes it cheaper than wallpapering a big room.
Plus, it’s a great way to get a small taste of wallpaper without having a huge bold statement of wall papering a big room!
Wallpaper or paint, you can’t go wrong!
The best powder room paint colors
Here are some popular powder room colors!
What’s your best powder room paint idea?
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