How Do You Choose The Best Paint Colors For Bathrooms?

Want info on how to choose the right bathroom colors? Looking for advice on how to paint your bathroom? Read our DIY Bathroom Paint Colors Guide and follow our instructions about how to choose theright bathroom colors and how to apply them - we even show you which type of paint to use in a bathroom! Let us help take the hassle out of your bathroom painting project!

Step 1

How To Paint A Bathroom - Choose The Right Bathroom Colors

Warm, tranquil and inviting, sometimes bathrooms require light paint colors to open them up and create an airy environment. Conversely, consider darker bathroom paint colors to create a sense of mystery and drama.

How To Paint A Bathroom - Cool & Relaxing Bathroom Colors

Light blue paint can quickly turn any bathroom into a peaceful retreat. It is ideal for a softer vibe and can be considered a calming and atmospheric bathroom color. Try using Bit of Heaven PPG1156-2 for a lovely blue bathroom paint color. Atrium White PPG1020-1 works wonderfully as a trim color, and accents can include Geyser PPG1138-2 and Delicate White PPG1001-1.

  • Bit Of Heaven PPG1156-2
  • Atrium White PPG1020-1
  • Geyser PPG1138-2
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
How To Paint A Bathroom - Cool & Relaxing Bathroom Colors

How To Paint A Bathroom - Warm & Inviting Bathroom Colors

Using soft and bright yellow bathroom colors can be beautiful to use when you choose to paint a bathroom. Butterfly Bush PPG1214-4 and Golden Fleece PPG1214-2 are two wall bathroom colors that work great together, and give the space an open, airy feel. Delicate White PPG1001-1 is wonderful for painting trim and ceilings, and Jitterbug PPG1118-4 can be included as an accent.

  • Butterfly Bush PPG1214-4
  • Golden Fleece PPG1214-2
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Jitterbug PPG1118-4
How To Paint A Bathroom - Classic Off-White Bathroom Colors

How To Paint A Bathroom - Classic Off-White Bathroom Colors

Pairing subtle off-white paint colors in a traditional bathroom can be a great way to create a soft and delicate space. Vanilla Milkshake PPG1015-1 combined with Sugar Soap PPG1084-1 are ideal bathroom colors. Use Delicate White PPG1001-1 for a clean trim and Dark Granite PPG1005-7 for accents and decor to create contrast.

  • Vanilla Milkshake PPG1015-1
  • Sugar Soap PPG1084-1
  • Delicate White PPG1001-1
  • Dark Granite PPG1005-7
How To Paint A Bathroom - Classic Off-White Bathroom Colors

How To Paint A Bathroom - Paint Your Bathroom Virtually!

See paint colors from these collections on your very own walls by uploading a photo to our online visualizer and virtually painting your bathroom!

Step 2

How To Paint A Bathroom - Choose The Right Paint

When it comes to learning how to paint a bathroom, the right paint makes a BIG difference. Our premium PPG Pittsburgh Paints® products provide lasting finishes that withstand frequent cleanings and use our great paint colors for bathrooms. These paints provide a mold and mildew resistant coating, making them ideal for high humidity rooms, like bathrooms.

Regency<sup>®</sup> Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint
  • Paint + Primer In One
  • Resists Stains
  • MPI® Approved

Regency®

Paint + Primer in One Interior Latex Paint

Our finest interior paint + primer in one with excellent durability that also repels stains.

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Wonder-Tones™ Interior Paint + Primer in One
  • Durable Finish
  • High-Hiding Finish
  • Scrub-Resistant

Wonder-Tones™

Interior Latex Paint

Versatile, all-purpose interior paint with excellent coverage & application.

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Kilstain<sup>®</sup> WB Interior/Exterior Acrylic Latex Primer
  • Seals Many Stains
  • Excellent Coverage
  • MPI® Approved

Kilstain® WB

Interior/Exterior Primer

Exceptional multi-purpose primer with excellent adhesion and coverage that also seals stains.

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Step 3

How To Paint A Bathroom - Choose The Right Paint Sheen

You can read all you want about how to paint a bathroom but if you choose a flat sheen of paint - your results are going to be less than stellar. Bathrooms can be susceptible to soap stains and other beauty products that happen to make it onto the walls, so selecting a scrubbable hi-gloss or semi-gloss paint sheen for the bathroom is a good choice.

Flat

Flat

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Eggshell

Eggshell

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Satin/Lo-Lustre

Satin/Lo-Lustre

This sheen is not recommended for this project.

Semi-Gloss: A Good Choice For Painting Your Bathroom

Semi-Gloss: A Good Choice For Painting Your Bathroom

Ideal for high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways, as well as doors, cabinets, trim and molding, semi-gloss paint is the most scrubbable sheen and great for use when painting a bathroom.
Gloss: A Good Choice For Painting Your Bathroom

Gloss: A Good Choice For Painting Your Bathroom

Gloss is an easy-to-clean option and good for cabinets, trim and doors, but can be too much shine for interior walls, so use it sparingly.

Step 4

Choose The Right Paint Supplies For Your Project!

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

The Basics

The Basics

  • Paint Brushes
  • Paint Roller
  • Paint Roller tray
Other Items You May Need

Other Items You May Need

  • Caulking & caulking gun
  • Putty knife
  • Sanding paper
  • Masking tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Wiping rags
  • Poles
  • Step ladders

Step 5

How To Paint A Bathroom - Prepare The Bathroom For Painting

Select the right paint supplies to achieve a more professional result and finish your projects more quickly with little hassle. Our PPG dealers offer a wide variety of painting supplies to complete any project.

Prepare the Bathroom

Prepare the Bathroom

Remove your shower curtain, rugs and any toiletries that could easily get knocked over. Arrange drop cloths to protect any areas not to be painted, like the base of your toilet and sink.

Fix & Clean the Surface & Bathroom Walls

Fix & Clean the Surface & Bathroom Walls

Fix holes, imperfections and cracks with caulk or spackle. Use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust on walls and baseboards. Use a mild detergent to remove bathroom contaminants.

Tape off Areas Of The Bathroom That Are Not To Be Painted

Tape off Areas Of The Bathroom That Are Not To Be Painted

Tape off woodwork, windows and other areas not to be painted at the time.

Prime the Surface Of The Bathroom Walls

Prime the Surface Of The Bathroom Walls

Be sure to prime any new or bare surfaces and problem areas. If you have chosen a color that is substantially lighter than the one you are painting over, then you should prime. 

Step 6

How To Paint A Bathroom - Begin Painting!

Congratulations on making it this far! You’re ready to begin painting your bathroom after reading our how-to paint a bathroom guide. Start painting from the top down, working from unpainted areas into wet, painted areas. Oil paints take longer to dry and allow you to brush across the surface several times for a smooth, even finish. Latex paints dry faster and only one or two strokes are needed. Please refer to the Product Label, TDS or MSDS for safety and detailed application instructions.

How to Paint A Bathroom with a Brush

How to Paint A Bathroom with a Brush

For best results with a brush, dip half the length of the bristles into your paint. Tap the brush gently against the side of the can, but do not wipe it across the lip. Hold the handle near the base, applying light pressure with your fingertips to make the bristles flex slightly.

How to Paint A Bathroom with a Roller

How to Paint A Bathroom with a Roller

For best results with a roller, slowly roll it back and forth in the lower end of your roller tray until it is well covered. Then use the ridges in the upper portion of the tray to remove excess paint. Roll on the paint using even strokes to ensure a uniform look and coverage.

How To Paint A Bathroom - Start With The Ceiling!

How To Paint A Bathroom - Start With The Ceiling!

Start by painting the bathroom ceiling first. Using a brush, paint a two-inch-wide strip on the ceiling where it meets the wall. Then, start in a corner and begin rolling across the short length of the ceiling, continuing to where it ends.

Painting the Bathroom Walls

Painting the Bathroom Walls

Tape off any woodwork, window frames, and door trim first. Additionally, tape off any tub, shower, or sink surfaces of the bathroom you are worried could be touched by paint  Paint a two-inch-wide strip along the areas near the trim with a brush. Then, using a paint roller, create the letter "M" on your bathroom wall. Fill in the area, rolling from left to right until the surface is completely painted. Remember to roll on the paint with even strokes to ensure a uniform coverage of your bathroom.