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Modern small bathroom paint ideas

Small blue downstairs toilet in Lick Teal 01

WordsHannah King


Bathrooms for many are often compact and re-decorating can be a bit of a challenge. The good news is that even small can be stylish, it just takes a little imagination and a push in the right direction towards bathroom colors trends. Sure, white bathrooms look lovely and perhaps in the past, you’ve gone for this shade to make the space feel open. We can assure you, however, there are other ways, read on for our roundup of small bathroom paint ideas.

Small bathroom paint ideas: choose light colors with clever contrasts

In any small room, all woodwork should be one shade darker than the chosen wall colou. It’s only a slight contrast but it works really well and will make walls appear further back than they are. One of the design world’s greatest optical illusions, it is a generally known fact that light colors can make a room look much bigger and brighter. Choose a soft wall color like our balanced Grey 01 and frame with Grey 02 to make the space feel open. Fancy going for a grey but want to add pops of color to another wall? Check out 5 colours that go with grey.

Check out our advice for choosing the best neutral paint colors for a dark or north facing room (or browse our colors for north facing rooms directly) and 2020's trending bathroom color schemes to see how you can play around with contrasts.

Small bathroom paint ideas: color block

Another great way to create the effect of more space is by using two different colors. Strong pigments like Blue 06 can help soften a room so it’s perfect if you’d like to get daring. If you live in a period home, anchor the space by painting the bottom half of the walls in a darker shade. And then why not try white bathroom paint. Using a paler color, like White 04, paint the upper half for walls that flow into the ceiling and highlight any architectural features.

You can try painting your bathroom cabinets in a different color to your walls for a fun color blocking effect (check out how to paint wood and other internal surfaces).

Small bathroom paint ideas: floors that co-ordinate with walls

Did you know choosing a neutral base color that matches the floor can make a room look optically larger? Whether ceramic or wood, our collection of designer paints will help you to create a more cohesive design.

Small bathroom paint ideas: ceilings that co-ordinate with walls

Did you know that painting your ceiling the same color as your walls can also give the illusion of a larger space? Read our top tips on choosing the best paint for a (steamy) bathroom ceiling and the best way to paint a ceiling.

Small bathroom paint ideas: about with pattern or shapes

Small bathrooms are great to let loose with color and patterns as the space is contained. Keep all of your walls nicely balanced and the space will increase; however, it’s crucial to execute this look the right way. Too many small patterns and your room will feel cramped, but go large and you’ll find that your ceiling expands. We especially love a painted feature wall in a geometric design, which can be created using masking tape or painting freehand if you're a natural. You can create masking tape wall art through this process!

Get inspired to paint your bathroom pink and shop our light to dark pink paint.