6 Designers Reveal What’s Hot In Bathroom Color Trends

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It’s no secret homeowners are embracing the opportunity to infuse bathrooms with a sense of personality and flair. (After all, why go all-white when you can slather the walls in a dramatic blue paint or throw up a patterned wallpaper?) We tapped top pros who take spaces from basic to bombshell to share the latest in bathroom color trends and tips.


In this bathroom by Alexandra Naranjo Designs, de Gournay wallpaper in L’Eden takes center stage, complemented by Benjamin Moore’s Old Navy for the trim.

Alexandra Naranjo, Alexandra Naranjo Designs

It’s all about commitment. 

I always ask my clients, ‘What color are you willing to marry? What color do you gravitate to or are comfortable wearing?’ And that gives me a very good direction on the color we will be using. As for pattern, I think any nature-inspired pattern is the most soothing and relaxing for a bathroom. I love botanicals!

PHOTO: CARMEL BRANTLEY

Pratt & Lambert’s Paris Metro makes a verdant statement in this striking bathroom by Tracy Hardenburg Designs.

Tracy Hardenburg, Tracy Hardenburg Designs

Take a chance.

I love this deep green with richly stained walnut and patterned marble. My client was initially unsure about the boldness of the green, but he is so happy with the result. I told him that anyone can have a white bathroom, so why not push the envelope?

PHOTO: PAR BENGTSSON

Schumacher Charlap Hyman Herrero Giove Wallpaper in Emerald & Sapphire slithers across the walls of this powder bathroom by Isabel Ladd Interiors.

Isabel Ladd, Isabel Ladd Interiors

Let fashion lead the way.

Most people feel comfortable making the biggest ‘bam’ in a powder bathroom. It’s like a little jewel box where they can let it all out. So, I’ll either sneak a peek at their closet to see what colors and prints they gravitate toward, or I’ll take inspo from one of my favorite pieces in my own closet. In this case here, my client dresses as edgy, bold and unapologetic as this snake wallpaper against high-gloss black with gold accents.

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Laura U Design Collective ramped up this powder bathroom with wallpaper by Schumacher.

Laura Umansky, Laura U Design Collective

Create a focal point.

We are seeing a move away from only using neutral color palettes in bathrooms–especially in powder and guest baths. Homeowners want to add personality to their homes and adding color and texture is a great way to activate the room and create visual interest. We love using fun wallcoverings, colorful tile and even dramatic mirrors to create these moments. Ann Sacks offers an endlessly diverse selection of tile, perfect for any style or need.

PHOTO: JACK THOMPSON

Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White forms the background for this glamorous space by Kakar House of Design.

Anil Kakar, Kakar House of Design

Go for the gold.

Small powder bathrooms and primary bathrooms can differ in the sense that with powder rooms one can have a lot more fun and flexibility and go wild and be bold. Primary baths still tend to be lighter and more neutral colors for sense of space and spa-like vibe. Whites, golds and blacks are amazing in a bath especially when mixed in with amazing marble or tile work!

PHOTO: KRIS TAMBURELLO

kara miller bathroom white vanity peach wallpaper

Kara Miller, Kara Miller Interiors 

It’s all about the edit. 

My clients are usually looking for their bathrooms to feel fresh. Oftentimes, they want a classic white paint finish on their vanity and we bring in a wallcovering for interest that can be easily changed out down the road. A great go-to white is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace. It’s a nice clean white that always works!

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