7 Striking Paint Colors for Your Powder Room Whether you opt for a little or a lot, see why the petite bathroom is the perfect place for a fun hue Jennifer Ott Houzz Contributor and Principal Designer at the San Francisco-based firm,…
Interested in adding dramatic color to your home but worried about going too far? Rather than dialing down the vibrancy of your favorite bold hue, think instead about using it strategically. An intense color on the wall of a living room or bedroom may be too much, but it can be a fun option for rooms we tend to pass through or spend less time in, such as the powder room.
1. Tomato Red Bold reds are an invigorating choice for wall color in a powder room. Whether you go for a pure red or a modern red-orange, it will provide a high-energy kick. It’s also a flattering shade to surround yourself with since it tends to give people a rosy glow. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Tomato reds work well with medium to dark wood tones and oil-rubbed bronze metal accents. Some crisp white lightens up the palette.
2. Spicy Orange Powder rooms are often cramped and have little wall space for artwork or other accessories. That’s why I love an eye-catching color on the wall, such as a hot orange. It can stand on its own as the only decorative element you need in such a tight space. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Bold oranges play nicely with warm whites or light grays and polished chrome or stainless steel metals.
3. Citrus Yellow If your bathroom lacks natural light, fake it with a dash of a vivacious yellow. The more neon it is, the less you’ll want to use, but it’s a terrific way to set an optimistic, cheery tone. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Citrus yellow hues need a good dose of pure white in the room to keep them from being overwhelming.
4. Acid Green If a window in the powder room brings in abundant natural light, you can get away with an almost-fluorescent green. Just make sure you also have good overhead lighting, so the room is well-lit after dark. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Acid greens look fantastic with crisp whites, light wood tones and matte metal finishes like brushed stainless steel or satin nickel.
5. Watery Blue One of my favorite colors for a bathroom is a watery blue because it gives a hit of color that’s still soothing. Look for a shade with a touch of gray if you prefer something darker. The gray tones down the blue for a relaxed vibe. Tradition Homes SaveEmail Here’s another turquoise-clad powder room that exudes a calm, cool and collected feeling. Because cool colors are thought to relieve stress, they’re great if you want your room to evoke a spa-like sanctuary. They also tend to visually recede, making a space seem more expansive than it is. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail Watery blues get even beachier when paired with light sandy browns. Go modern with brushed stainless steel finishes or, for a more traditional or transitional look, choose oil-rubbed bronze accents.
6. Hot Pink Tough to pull off in large amounts, hot pink can be a striking accent in a powder room. Here, it mixes with black, white and shades of gray for a sophisticated look. Jennifer Ott Design SaveEmail A bit of hot pink goes a long way, so think of giving it a supporting role. If your room gets a lot of natural light, you can use this attention grabber in larger doses.
7. Inky Black Black isn’t so basic when it’s a wall color. And though it’s definitely not a neon hue, it’s still tricky to use indoors in large quantities because it can gobble up the light. So while an all-black living room may be ill-advised, it can be a stunning option in a powder room. It’s especially handsome with bronze or copper metals. You may have noticed that most paint companies offer different shades of black. If you view the swatches next to one another, you can pick up on the subtle undertones in each hue. Cooler blacks have a touch of blue or violet in them, and war