Create your dream bathroom with these trending shades.

From classic pale blue and green to more dramatic navy or red, your primary suite bathroom's paint color can make it a quiet haven for hot showers and soothing self-care. "Many consumers are looking to create a sanctuary-like space in their primary suite bathroom [in 2022]," says Arianna Cesa, associate manager of color marketing and development at Benjamin Moore. "Soft blues and pink-tinged white paint colors offer the perfect backdrop to do just that. Darker, more enveloping colors can also have the same effect. For consumers that are leaning towards a more playful, cheerful color choice, warm reds offer just the right amount of punctuation." Ahead, discover more about the colors currently trending in this important space.

tile bathroom vanity
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Blues and Greens

These two shades are the unofficial colors of the year—they're at the top of our color experts' lists. Spa-like blues and pale greens have always been go-to shades for bathrooms, but they're even more popular now, says Erika Woelfel, vice-president of color and creative services at Behr. "Cool-toned colors like blue and green are on the rise this year due to the restorative sense of calmness and balance they bring into a room—senses consumers are looking for after a year of uncertainty," she says. "We recommend seeking balance when featuring these colors by complementing them with tile, cabinetry, and décor details like lighting, hardware, towels, and bath mats that are light and neutral in tone. Soft, creamy whites, light-washed wood, warm metal colors, stone, and cotton enhance the relaxing mood." At Benjamin Moore, Cesa recommends Quiet Moments, a blue-green blend with gray undertones. "Look to tiling that mimics its undertones for a monochromatic, tranquil look with plush towels and flowering succulents—the ultimate sanctuary space," she says.

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Warm Whites

Bright white paint in the bathroom feels clean and simple, but choosing the right undertones makes a big difference to your end result—so think pink. "Warmer white paint colors can help make a bathroom feel more peaceful and serene and less clinical and cold," says Cesa. "Collector's Item has a subtle touch of the always-flattering pink, bringing a vintage charm to the space. Soft off-white paint colors with a hint of blush pair beautifully with warm rustic wood tones, woven accents, and casual neutrals for a touch of vintage charm."

vanity trend white console in dark gray bathroom
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Dramatic Darks

Choosing a rich color for a dim space limits shadows, giving your space a jewel-box feel. "As consumers become more adventurous in their color choices, bathrooms are a great space to experiment with color because they are often smaller in size," says Cesa. "Deeper shades, like Mysterious, though more unexpected, can also offer that same soothing quality found in the more classic color choices. Pair midnight blues with brass or copper accents and gray-veined countertops or flooring for a soothing respite to relax and unwind."

merlot colored bathroom with white and gray accents
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Bold Reds

Energetic reds, oranges, and pinks are less predictable choices for the primary suite bathroom, but they can help you harness all that first-thing-in-the-morning energy. "If you are looking to add a refreshing boost to your morning routine, and more vibrant, expressive colors to your home's palette, try warmer reds," says Cesa, who recommends the brand's Wild Flower color. "A slight orange or pink tinge to the red can help it from feeling too dramatic or opulent and more cheerful and inviting. Let the color stand out as the focal point by pairing it with classic white subway or penny tile and brushed black accents for just the right amount of contrast."

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December 27, 2022
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