7 Dark Paint in Small Bathrooms

Dark paint adds depth and drama.
7 Dark Paint in Small Bathrooms
Tom Greenspan
December 21, 2022

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Is dark paint the best color choice for a bathroom? Will adding dark colors to the bathroom make the bathroom feel dull and somewhat encapsulated? What happened to the bright, breezy colors that are always trendy?

Dark paint is an excellent color for bathrooms, and to be truthful, the darker the color, the better. Dark colors can be enveloping, but that's the whole idea of trying this bathroom decor. Being enveloped by color can feel glorious, and let’s face it, you must be tired of the bland pastels you might find in a child's bathroom.

In this article, we give you an overview of how to use dark colors to create sensuous bathrooms that are evocative and alluring to make you feel like you are on a beach at sunset, with sultry shades of dark browns and grays intermingling as the light fades.

It's going to be an incredible journey of discovery. Buckle up for the ride.

What dark colors should you consider for your bathroom?

There is a wide range of dark colors for you to consider. Some may seem choices you may not consider, but the proof is in the final result, and you will be stunned by the results dark colors deliver to your bathroom.

If you have decided it's time for a dark color in your small bathroom, congratulations; you are a bold decorator who should be applauded for impeccable taste and willingness to explore.

Here are a few colors you may contemplate using in your small bathroom:

  • Dark green, in general, is known for its ability to induce a feeling of tranquility and calmness, which is perfect if you are going to soak in the bath and relieve those aches and pains. Green is an easy color to accessorize and compliment a range of colors you may decide to bring into your bathroom.
  • Dark gray and tones of gray, dark gray, or charcoal is a great color that brings a feeling of class and a feeling of being well established in life. Again the dark saturation of charcoal has hints of blues and purple hues, which makes this color forgiving of accent colors in its presence. Of course, when combined with white, the classic lines are established.
  • Navy blue seems a natural choice for a small bathroom; the paint's depths are relaxing and somewhat mysteriously reassuring. It goes without saying navy blue and white are a match made in heaven and will provide an incredibly clean-looking small bathroom.
  • Dark brown, beyond the lighter tomes of chocolate. Being enveloped in dark brown creates a primal feeling of energy and seduction. It is from the depths of nature, so be prepared for seductive revelations.
  • Black. Black is comforting and gloriously enigmatic for a small bathroom paired with white sanitary wear. If you have never experienced the depths of black, then your time could be here to go all in for the experience of a lifetime.

Let's get into it.

1. Black to the future

Not many of you have been brave enough to take a leap of faith and use black as your primary color for your small bathroom. It is understandable, in a way, that black has always had this somber connotation, but the reality is it's far from somber. It's warm, enveloping, and has a level of seduction that other colors could not match.

Don't feel as if you are taking a walk on the dark side but more on the enlightened side of decor. People are becoming enlightened about colors and starting to stray away from conformity which is a blessing because black is terrific in a small bathroom. Most bathroom wear is white, correct?

Black and white go hand in hand; they are diametric opposites but would fail without each other's uniqueness.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

You will need to have some bright contrast in the small bathroom, such as the translucent glass shower divider and white sanitary wear, white towels are not mandatory, and pinks or creams would work well, as would many colors. Blach is a good color choice and exhibits qualities that other colors do not, allowing black to elevate other tones dramatically.

2. Surrounded by brown

The primal energies of dark brown make for a stunning bathroom color regardless if the bathroom is small or large. The color straight from the darkest tones of soil provides life through food and shelter. It hardly surprises the color evokes primal feelings and inner yearnings of desire.

A contradictory sense of warmth opposed by trepidation of the unknown. Introduce some colors like mint green or dark blues and blacks, then the colors come into their own incredible state, drawing the very best color tones and hues from contrasting colors. Dark brown compliments colors and stays out of the limelight despite its expanse in this small bathroom.

If you like to soak in the bath and daydream, then dark brown could be for you. Vibrant accents work very well with dark brown.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 5.

Dark brown is a stunning color and has been famous as an accent color for walls in living rooms. But it has more to offer, so try it in a small bathroom, using cream contrast rather than white.

3. Dark green

Dark green brings the tones of nature into your bathroom and consequently works with any color found outdoors in nature. Have you ever seen a color that clashes with green in your garden?

Green is known for its incredible ability to create harmony and tranquility. It's the perfect color for a bathroom as you soak in your bath, contemplating the world and all it offers. Green has unique properties that should be exploited more.

Green is easy to accessorize so that you can create some fabulous decor, from muted pastels to vivid yellow; it all works with green. Green and black are kind of bed buddies, so you will rarely see green without a black accent, albeit a vase or door handle.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

Green is the color of relaxation and calm, making it the ideal choice for a small bathroom, and it looks incredible.

4. Cool Charcoal

Charcoal is classy and dark with tones of blue, close to gray, which is purely black, and white charcoal has a different hue due to its charred existence. Charcoal remains a masculine color with depths of mystery and an overt presence in a small bathroom.

Nearly every bright color pairs beautifully with charcoal, making it perfect for almost every palette. Pair it with midnight black to define an elegant space, or keep things light and lively by pairing it with coral. You can also couple it with deep purple to create a decadent, fashion-forward vibe, or combine charcoal with airy whites and soft grays for a modern feel. Nonetheless, charcoal works best in a secondary role that amps up a bright accent color.

Because charcoal prefers to take a back seat and let other colors shine through, it is the perfect color for a small bathroom. You can use classic charcoal and white for precise, clean lines or add some unexpected color for vibrancy and contrast.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

Charcoal is a fashionable color for a good reason. You can make your small bathroom look like a million dollars without breaking out a color wheel for accents and contrasts.

5. An unlikely match

Brown and blue, an unlikely match, a match that takes time to adjust to, but a fabulous look nevertheless. You can hear a lot of chat about colors being sympathetic toward each other, creating the best contrast known to the universe. 

Then some colors are opposed and, when placed together, create a union that is unexpected but pleasant from a visual aspect. Blue and brown are one of those color combinations that unexpectedly work well together. 

You can only assume that the colors are from nature that you could see daily if you lived by the coast, the deep browns of the earth, and the shimmering blue of the ocean.

Should you use this dark color combination in a small bathroom? It is hard to say, but if you are looking for versatility, then it's here in abundance.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 7.

It is a complex color scheme that will not be everyone's favorite. If it rings your bell, go for it and dare to be different.

6. From the 50s

There is a renaissance of decor from the 50s and 60s, and you can create an awesome vibe for your small bathroom that feels authentic in every way. 

White brick style tiles laid in half bond emulating a solid brick wall is a classic look from way back in the 50s and maybe more when functionality was the only consideration post WW 2.

The classy monochrome tiles add some interest to the shower cubicle, adding interest and design and elevating the feel of the small bathroom.

If you like the look and feel of period bathrooms or live in a period house, this bathroom style could be perfect for you, potentially adding value to the home as you retain originality.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is an 8.

The tiling is a relatively easy job to complete, but finding period tiles may be difficult if you wish to retain the authentic appearance of the small bathroom.

Continue the theme with the correct period basin and faucet.

7. Classic blue and white

Sometimes you have to throw out the ideas of wild color schemes and stay with traditional colors. Navy blue has the depths of the ocean with its deep saturation. If a color combo is made in heaven, it is navy blue and white. You can only say this small bathroom is sublime. It's orderly and regal; what more could you ask for in a small bathroom?

The tones of the brass waste pipe and wall radiator only accentuate the regalness of this small bathroom, which should be applauded.

Classic style floor tiles add to the overall splendor of this tiny room with gargantuan aspirations.

The small bathroom is a classic masterpiece that is inspirational.

How easy is this look to achieve? Working on a simple scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most complex level to accomplish, this bedroom is a 4.

If only imagination were limited to navy blue and white, we would exist in an orderly world of clean lines. However, thankfully our imaginations can stretch further than this classic color scheme. For some, it's stayed dull; for others, it is the epitome of design!

Final thoughts

Is dark paint suitable for a small bathroom? Absolutely 100%. You can create a fantastic small bathroom by introducing dark colors and complementing it with brighter accents like towels and toiletry bottles.

Dark colors can be cozy and warm, bringing memories flooding back. Dark colors are energetic and should be explored even in small bathrooms. 

Having a small bathroom that is painted white with white tiles is missing an opportunity to stamp your hallmark on the bathroom and create an interior that is mysterious and evocative. What a combination of emotions to have when you lay soaking in the bath.