The term “powder room” is no longer as widespread as it was in the past. It’s basically a small bathroom that only has a toilet and sink. It got its name in the 1920s when it was considered improper for women to use the restroom for bodily functions, so they would say they were going to use the powder room instead.
In a multi-story building, the powder room is generally found on the first floor, making it easily accessible to guests and family members who do not want to trek up several flights of stairs.
People often opt for bright, airy shades such as white in the hopes of making a small powder room look bigger when redoing them. But be aware if not done thoughtfully, too much of light shades can make the area feel cold and unpleasant instead.
There’s no need to be bound by traditional light-neutral hues when deciding how to paint your bathroom. Instead, discover dozens of beautiful and creative color schemes that will bring life into the space.
If you’re on the hunt for inspiring colors, ideas, and pictures, then this post is meant just for you – sit back and admire these gorgeous options with confidence knowing they could work in your restroom too.
Best Paint Colors for Windowless Restroom
The greatest bathroom paint colors for rooms without natural light are those that reflect as much light as possible and retain their brightness.
White, off-white, ivory, pale yellow, or even gray would suffice.
If you however feel crisp white is a bit too stark, try adding a touch of gentle colors like off-white, ivory, light pink, or even lavender.
While it may appear to be the case that dark hues have a significant influence in a powder room and can even aid in the creation of depth, this is not always the case. When done correctly, dark color or even black with some light pinks may make a smaller area appear larger.
Of course, with black shade in the bathroom, you’ll want to think about whether it’s the right choice for your space and whether it will aid in achieving your desired effect.
All that said, let’s get into some of the greatest shades and how they might be used creatively in this particular space.
1. Moody Blue
Moody and blue sound like a contradiction, but they can work in certain rooms.
A powder room can be the perfect space to experiment with dark and moody colors like blue. Depending on the tones you choose, you can create an elegant-looking luxurious space or a spa-like atmosphere (with a fresh airy look).
Somewhat lighter tones of blue are excellent choices but don’t be afraid to try the dark blue moody shades despite the small area. Decorate them with some artwork, hanging wooden shelves on walls, plants, and accessories like baskets, and see how marvelous it goes.
2. Seafoam Green
Like moody blue, seafoam green is another natural color that can be used to create a variety of looks – a fun and quirky one, or even a beach-themed powder room.
Pale seafoam green or vintage minty tones, when mixed with your bathroom tiles, lights, picture frame, and mirror, create a very relaxing atmosphere while maintaining a minimalistic look.
To make use of the extra space in the corner, you can even add some baskets, potted plants, and a mirror that can create an illusion of a window.
For those cottages and farmhouses with windowless bathrooms, this is definitely an option not to miss out on.
3. Neutral Beige
Want to maintain a neutral look while also creating a warmer feel? Beige is the perfect color that can act as a backdrop that adds depth to a small space and can be dressed up any way you like.
Walls painted in neutral beige, when combined with matching powder room accessories like bath mats, rugs, mirrors, wall light fixtures, decorative gold jars, plants, etc. create an inviting and warm space.
You can even try a beige wallpaper with a geometric or floral design to add some visual interest to the room if you want.
4. Warm Taupe
For a captivating powder room, don’t think twice about giving warm taupe a try. Think of its rich tones like paint for your walls and floors – the possibilities are endless.
Whether you want to keep it classic with white or ivory walls or introduce rustic flair using wood flooring accentuated by this delightful hue – one thing’s certain: warm taupe will bring richness and inviting charm in every form.
Don’t forget to add some extra lights if needed; just enough so that your special space can shine through like an inviting oasis.
5. Calming Light Gray
Bathrooms, especially light gray, are frequently painted in shades of gray because it’s a neutral color that adds depth and interest while still allowing you to create a clean and airy atmosphere.
Especially when you pair them up with some gleaming whites, light browns, and shades of black, it can create a modern touch to your powder room to leave a bigger impact on your guests when they visit it.
Just check out how a designer artfully blended the shades of grays into a shiplap – it’s surely a timeless look that can give the space a classic feel for years without getting bored.
6. Elegant Greige
If longing for a beautiful farmhouse look, greige is the perfect paint choice, combining warm beige tones with cool grays to create an elegant and inviting atmosphere.
If your lavatory lacks natural light or ventilation, adding this hue can help make it appear larger than life. Accentuate even further by pairing greige walls with white tiles and glass shower doors – the results will surely speak volumes.
7. Bright Purple
Well, this is not for everyone. But bright purples are loved by those who want to leave a stronger impression for a bit long.
It’s a perfect shade for a small powder room that gets a lot of traffic, like one near the front door or in a high-traffic area of your home.
If you are looking for that whimsical touch to add to your vintage-style old traditional powder room, this is an excellent color to try.
8. Slate Teal
For dramatic yet functional powder rooms that can impress your visitors, slate teal is your color palette option to give your home that extra POP of a modern feel.
This is not only unique modern color filled with energy but also vibrant and comes with the ability to add character to small spaces.
9. Eclectic Peacock Blue
For a small space in your powder room that looks big in style, adding a stylish touch of bright peacock blue color can be an excellent idea.
This electrifying blue color can make any old traditional powder room come to life with its vibrancy and boldness. Plus, it can also help reflect light and make the space appear bigger than it actually is.
Add some off-white, along with bright lights, mirrors, and accessories like an aroma diffuser to create that warm aromatic ambiance in your restroom for your guests.
10. Contrasting Lobster Red
If you’re looking to give your powder room a glamorous boost of super hot, trendy color, look no further than lobster red. This captivating hue can instantly enliven the space while providing an unexpected contrast against lighter shades and black granite.
Get inspired by seeing how designers have paired it with white accents and eye-catching wall hangings – this is one palette that’s sure to make an unforgettable statement.
11. Clean, Warm White
Need some refreshment and don’t want those dark bright colors? Then clean and clear warm white tones are for you.
But do not just add the plain white paint entirely to the walls. Instead, try decorating the shades of Benjamin Moore white with some wall artwork, decorative glass jars, plants, marble shelves, molding (or trims), and floral wallpaper on the ceiling.
You can also opt for wallpapers if you feel like your space needs a bit of pattern or textures. These will definitely give your restroom a very classic and timeless feeling that can make anyone feel at home.
12. Modern Navy
A small bathroom with navy paint colors can get mesmerized when used with accents like gold, like here in this picture.
This means you can amp things up by adding the gold framed mirror, wall light fixtures in gold, jewel box, gold wallpaper on the ceiling, and a few scented flowering plants.
A granite top on the sink with some royal accessories can also add a glam factor to the navy blue painted walls in the powder room.
13. Olive Green
This lovely arrangement is a step above basic.
What’s the trick? Opt for green with undertones that are similar to your other accessories’ colors to get the most accurate match.
Have a look at the image of how the light green shades blend in with the white trim and wooden flooring perfectly. And how beautifully the accessories like towels and mirrors are matched with olive green.
14. Pastel Pink
A small antique powder room or your modern restroom can also be styled with girly shades very well.
Using a light pastel pink gives the room a sense of romance while still being appropriate for any age group – especially if you have ladies visiting your place frequently.
Add some lights, mirrors, plants, and cabinets creatively (as done in the image), and you can easily feel a sense of a large bright restroom even when it does not contain any windows.
15. Rustic Orange
Bored of those traditional-looking dull ideas, why not try something rustic?
See and feel in the picture below how the touch of orange shades is beautifully used in combination with blues, greens, black, and yellows.
The picture of boatmen driving boats in the middle of a lake is one interesting idea to bring out a rustic old-style look. It’s definitely a powder room color and design that makes a statement and adds personality.
16. Sunshine Yellow
A beautiful and warm buttery sunshine yellow is the perfect hue to bring life into even a small, windowless bathroom. This color can provide a cheerful effect without being too overpowering – giving your space just enough of an energy boost.
You can add just a small amount of it (like a half-tiled wall) or in excess, like in the image below, where the sunshine yellow looks stunning, along with tones of gold, white, and summer flowers.
17. Steel Blue and Gold
Do you prefer a blue paint color but find it to be just too bright?
Steel-blue with a tint of gold and gray is a less vibrant alternative to pure bluish or navy paint colors, taking the edge off of the brightness factor.
You can use them as paint or as beautiful wallpaper in your restroom, as seen in the image below. It will surely give your bathroom a calming effect that you won’t be able to resist.
18. A Touch of Black
While it’s true that black isn’t typically recommended for smaller spaces, if used properly, dark colors or even black can make a small area appear larger.
You have the freedom to use these hues sparingly or generously in combination with other rich tones such as gold and still create an eye-catching look.
Add some pendant lights, a mirror, and accessories like a basket under the sink (as you see in the picture below), and it works like a charm, making you feel cash rich and affluent.
19. Chocolate Brown
Want to give your powder bath a fast and easy makeover without much thought? Chocolate brown is an excellent choice.
It will not only add depth to any windowless room but also provide it with some warmth and added comfort. Make this simple change and watch as your space transforms into something even more inviting than before.
You can use the shade as an accent color or even paint the entire room in it if you want to create a more dramatic look. Chocolate brown looks great with most other colors and paintings (as you can see below), so you can’t really go wrong with it.
20. Bold and Bodacious Wallpapers
Wallpapers are all-time favorites for many. So I feel this list isn’t complete if I do not mention them.
Wallpapers when picked and used creatively are great alternatives to paints and varnishes, and they look gorgeous if used creatively, even in small spaces like powder rooms.
In the image below, you can find how the designers used and created a stunning piece of art on the small areas of walls to offer an illusion of a larger space.
21. Delightful Brown and Black Faux Brick
If you do not want to go that old traditional route by simply painting your powder room walls with shades of brown, you can try something different by creating faux wooden and brick looks in your space.
Because using the real wooden boards in the restroom would not be a good idea (you know, a lot of moisture), what you can do is try the porcelain tiles that come with the wooden look.
They will offer the same warmth and texture as the real thing but are way more durable and easy to maintain in a powder room (or any other room with high moisture).
Tips to Brighten a Dark Powder Room With No Windows
When designing any space, color choice plays an integral role in enhancing its beauty.
For painting tiny areas such as the powder room, I suggest creating your own palette to draw attention and achieve definition with walls partnering three tones brighter than doors or flooring.
Mirrors and light fixtures make for exquisite additions when used liberally. Pops of colors from vibrant door hues can add character too; be sure they coordinate well against neutrals accents found elsewhere within the room.
For those looking to give their bathroom some extra charm, consider using earthly tones – from light beiges and browns to dark greens or reds. To ensure you don’t experience any mold growth in the future it’s essential to use specialized bathroom paint.
In addition, smaller tiles can create an open area effect while solving moisture problems (and the growth of molds due to condensation) all at once.
With the right approach, your powder room will be one of the best places in your home despite the lack of airy windows.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.