There are a number of techniques for choosing your bathroom paint colors. Even so, keep in mind too that paint needs to be a specific type and sheen when it's applied to humid or high traffic areas. Below you will find how to advice regarding sheen, paint type and color selection help for your bathroom.


Before selecting your bathroom paint colors, be sure to have a good idea as to the proper type of product you're going to apply in the first place.

Since it's a bathroom your dealing with, any paint used should be recommended for the specific type of area that the paint is being applied to.

The reason being, is bathroom paint resist humidity, will fight against mold or mildew and when necessary are formulated to clean easily.

Furthermore, a good quality bathroom paint tends to stand up when it comes to the kind of wear and tear that most bathrooms need to endure.


A paints sheen is the finish that a paint has once it's dried. Bathroom surfaces hold up best when the sheen of the paint has some type of gloss to it. Both a pearl or semi-gloss paint finish (sheen) are recommended for most bathroom surfaces. By having a little gloss in your paint the area being coated is durable, washes well and helps keep moisture from penetrating the paint and getting into the drywall (or sheetrock).

With that said, a very high quality paint (usually expensive) in an eggshell or flatter finish can also work just as well (when considering the problems mentioned above) as that of a a medium quality paint in a semi-gloss or pearl sheen.

Sheen problems can arise though, when a wall has moisture dry upon it, the painted wall (or other surface) can then look like it's covered in drips, and lines or show a strange looking finish (sometimes called sweat marks or surfactant leaching). Choosing darker colored bathroom paints can at times be the cause of these sweat marks, along with a faulty ceiling fan, or improper paint types and sheens.

Even so, surfactant staining can be seen in all types of (mostly latex) paints (no matter what the color or paint cost). Sometimes there is very little one can do about such staining other than changing over to an alkyd (oil based) paint product.

Some paint manufacturers now make a modified oil that cleans up with water. They might be worth a try. Especially when using dark colors in those high humidity areas.


When it comes to selecting your bathroom paint colors the easiest way is to start with an item that's already in the bathroom. As an example, your vanity counter top might be the best place to pull wall colors from.

Other items to build your color palate (and design theme) from include window coverings, wall art, the shower curtain or some type of knick knack that is or will be placed in the room itself.

Using wallpaper or a wallpaper boarder is another place to get inspiration for colors. You don't even have to hang the wallpaper. Just go to your local painting and decorating store once there have a look at there wallpaper samples.

After you've found an item that has the colors you like (wallpaper, a painting, an antique vase etc.) have the paint store representative match the colors to your chosen bathroom paints.

Another tip is if you're not sure how much of each color to use when painting, then refer back to the item that you're using as your color palate. What I mean is, if you're taking colors from a wallpaper boarder (or piece of art etc.) and it has a lot of light blue, a medium amount of dark blue and a sprinkling of light gray as an example. With those colors I would use the lighter blue as my main color the darker blue for a feature wall color and the light gray would be used on the wood trim. Since I can't actually see the colors, of course, this is only a suggestion. You will have to decide on what works best for your specific situation.


To sum it all up, use a good quality bathroom paint, select the proper sheen and choose colors with the help of an item (or items) that are designed using colors you enjoy.

If you're still having difficulty choosing colors, Yelna Kublitski, who is a fellow Painting Contractor offers just the thing. She calls it Paint Color Cheat Sheets and it's basically an easy to use set of tools for color selection. The guides are built around Sherwin Williams colors but all the colors given can be matched by virtually any other paint manufacturer.

Yelna's website gives you loads of information on the product, if your interested. You will find that Cheat Sheets is good value costing about the same price as a gallon of quality paint.

For those who would prefer some free bathroom paint colors help, you might want to check out the websites that follow (be sure to use your back button so that you can see them all). Before doing so though I hope that you will bookmark this website and I will see you again soon.

Pictures of bathroom colors

Assorted pictures of painted bathrooms.
Glidden is well know in the painting industry and has some excellent color selection tools and advice.
Behr is another paint manufacturer that will help you choose colors by using their color tools along with pictures of painted rooms.

Benjamin Moore offers you a nice bit of software in their design tool to help with color advice.

www.sherwin williams,com
Sherwin Williams is another good site when it comes to selecting interior colors. has a full selection of free color selection tools for you to choose from.

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