Paint color for a bathroom ?

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Alrighty! You folks have come through before and I need ya again! Loved the blue idea and loved it for a few years. But have just learned my husband never did ☹️ Yes, yes, yes I know “rule of thumb” is no dark colors for smaller spaces. First, I’m not much of a follower, prefer to try, try and try again. Second, the reason I painted in the first case was due to my vanity top. The color? I believe it’s Baby Puke #2 or possibly Putrid Drifts. It’s awful. However, less expensive for me to paint. So, please any suggestions for a lighter, more neutral color to go with my lovely vanity would be appreciated! Naturals and greys seem to be very popular right now. But I’d really like a nice hue. TY😊

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  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jan 18, 2022

    Navy blue goes nice with gray

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    • Bonnie Walker Bonnie Walker on Jan 18, 2022

      What about champagne gold? Or rose gold? Use it deeper in the corners and bring it out to the center of each wall lighter?


      im thinking… cuz nave looks nice, and you don’t seem to like baby putrid, just look into getting a new vanity or a treatment fir it since it’s the eyesore. Everything you do will make it appear you are trying to take the eye away from it but all the good you do in that room makes it that much more pronounced. I wish I could find it but there are countertop treatments you can do, then seal if you can’t replace the thing. But take care of the thing. Good luck!

  • Bonnie Walker Bonnie Walker on Jan 18, 2022

    If you have to keep that, go with a brown that you can find in that stone, after it’s dry tape out a giant geometric design in thin lines to paint in a metallic color also drawn from the stone. Just make sure they contrast. Like a cream with a yellow/orange hue on the walls and a deep bronze for the design? Or maybe a latte color on the wall with a metallic or glitter ebony line? Or better yet, make that thing the standout feature and paint All the walls and the cabinetry black and treat your frames too, paint them rose gold and rub some black into the details.

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    • Bonnie Walker Bonnie Walker on Feb 08, 2022

      I replied below, at that time there wasn’t an option to reply here

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 18, 2022

    creamy whites are very popular now and go with everything you get your color by the decor and countertops


    • Kari Kari on Jan 19, 2022

      Yes they are. Seems like the winner all around. TY!

  • First, let me say I love the fact that you're not a follower. I once wallpapered a small bathroom with a black background wallpaper and it was gorgeous! Now about that countertop. It has brown/rust/terracotta colors in it, so I don't think gray would be a good choice. I would try a soft yellow or cream.

    • Kari Kari on Jan 18, 2022

      Yes ANn! I agree. I definitely do not want gray. Cream colors it is!

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 18, 2022

    Just love your vanity top, so creative and wish I had it, gorgeous. The dual backsplash and pebbles on the window sill, perfect.

    For the paint, I do like the blue, contrasted with the decorations makes the room pop.

    I have to agree with the rose gold or champagne gold with blended corners to the middle of the room. I would stay away from browns, but that is just a personal preference.

    • Kari Kari on Jan 18, 2022

      I had a bit of my decor removed when I took the picture as I’d changed it out for Christmas decor. I loved that blue. IMO it was the best color for the vanity top. Would you mind sending pics of the colors you are thinking of and how do I “blend” corners 😬 TY so much!

  • Dee Dee on Jan 18, 2022

    I think the rose gold sounds perfect too. But what I would do since you hate your countertop is go to Habitat for Humanity. They sell granite countertops cheap. I changed mine out several years ago. Or go to Lowes and check out their Wilson Art countertops. I think you would be happier if you got rid of the counter top. By the way, I love the navy blue paint.

    • Kari Kari on Jan 18, 2022

      I agree! That blue is just perfect! Maybe I should look into a different vanity top! TY

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 18, 2022

    Check out Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. It's a neutral with a blue/green tint. I think it will bridge your gap.

    If you prime with Zinser Bullseye 1-2-3, it will be a 1 coat coverage over the dark blue. I painted light french gray over DARK red and it was 1 coat of primer then 1 of paint for perfect coverage.

    • Kari Kari on Jan 19, 2022

      That is a nice color! I was wondering about the priming with that dark blue. I’ll check out the Zinser as well. TY!

  • Mogie Mogie on Jan 18, 2022

    The color of wicker or rattan would look good against the blue which you could keep in very small doses like an accent wall. Straw-hued wicker and rattan accents, and concrete-gray countertops partner perfectly with navy blue hues.

    • Kari Kari on Jan 19, 2022

      Thank you. I did think about keeping maybe one wall blue. However, it’s such a small area I don’t think it would work the same.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jan 18, 2022

    You'd have to ask Bonnie Walker how to do the blending of the darker corner to the lighter centers, I was intrigued by that and have never done it. Maybe Google the technique if she does not get back to you.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jan 18, 2022

    Hi Kari: The first thing I'd do is to ask Mr. Wonderful what colour he'd like to see in there. Sometimes they have good ideas, not often, but sometimes:) Then, I'd kind of move him over to the creams and golds. Sort of like I used to fool my mom when she didn't want to eat a particular food for dinner, that I was cooking. I'd say "You know, Mom, that was a great idea you had about cooking (whatever it was) for dinner. I'd never have thought of that, you're amazing!" Worked every time :) Get some paint chips in the colours that coordinate with the, I'd say loose poo, colour of your counter top and back splash and pick the one you like.


    Good luck

    • Kari Kari on Jan 19, 2022

      Love it! I was wondering when someone was going to mention “him.” 😅 Definitely thinking creams, golds, a champagne hue. And yes, the color does look like what you might find in a babies diaper! TY 😉

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 20, 2022

    What kind of lighting do you presently have in the bathroom?


    If you are considering changing it to LED in the near future, I would advise to do it before you choose the new paint color.

    Different types of lighting can have an effect on how the paint color is perceived: incandescent casts a yellowy tone, fluorescent a greenish tone, with LED light being the most clear.


    Here are some examples showing how different the same paint color can look, with different types of lighting.

  • Annie Annie on Jan 21, 2022

    Personally, I like the blue, perhaps just lighten it up a bit, but same blue tone

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Jan 23, 2022

    I used Ballet White by Benjamin Moore for my whole house. I love the warm neutral color! https://www.homeroad.net/2015/10/painting-house-beautiful-neutral.html


  • I had a deep crimson red bathroom for years and loved it. Then I decided to go with a neutral...white...and I hate it. It has no depth. So seeing that you love color I would go with something with warmth. My living room is painted in Benjamin Moore Philadelphia Cream it's warm, but light. It's part of their Historic line and there are other colors that compliment or in the same family. Good luck!

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jan 31, 2022

    Darker colors on the walls make a bathroom feel more special .. I am not to good to advice since my powder room has even darker navy color

  • That rule of thumb for dark colors in small spaces is so totally not true, by the way. Small spaces are perfect for darker colors as the walls recede making the space feel larger. Do you have the paint chip for the walls or know the color and can find the family of colors? A lighter shade in the same value or family should work or if you’re adventurous, a contrasting color would be fun.

  • Bonnie Walker Bonnie Walker on Feb 06, 2022

    Well sorry I dropped of the face of the earth there for a bit.



    Paint your walls the lightest color you like. Make sure it’s good and dry. Then use your complimenting gold color and cut it into the edges and corners. While it’s wet, (you will need to do one edge or portion at a time) use a wet -with water- but not soppy rag or sponge and wipe away from the edge and blend toward the center of the wall. Practice the technique on a board. The whole thing, paint your light color first, then your cut and blend from the outside in.


    on the project, if you don’t want your edges very dark, don’t load the brush completely, when it becomes too loaded do a couple swipes on the board or try to wipe it off inside the lid of the can, or use a rag to soak some off. Just don’t start out the color heavy handed.


    if you’d like some depth with this, start with a deeper gold or a rose gold, after that’s dry come back over the top of it with a champagne gold to really blend it into the lighter color. It’s like paint washing for lack of a better term.


    the overall effect will have a sort of rustic feel unless you are that good At blending. I however like the rustic look. It can look very nice when done well. So practice it on a board or another wall you plan to paint over. If you want it really rustic, wipe some plaster or spackle in different places then run rough edges through it. As you wipe the darker gold off it will stain the crevices left behind.


    hope this helps.