The bathroom – the room we can’t live without. We’ve all been spending more time than ever in our bathrooms this past year and now more than ever we want them to fit our needs and look beautiful. One way to accomplish this is with a new coat of paint! Bathroom paint colors design forecasts are using these words describe the new paint colors for 2021 – tranquil, inviting, reset, calming, earthy, and spa-like – suggesting a theme of wellness for both body and mind.

Whether it’s for the kids’ bathroom, a powder room, or the en suite retreat of your dreams, choosing a paint color can be a bit intimidating for most of us. The Design Team at The Cleary Company are well-versed in selecting the perfect paint colors, providing our clients with color options to fit the style of their remodeled bathrooms. Each year brings new launches of color palettes and we research what’s trending, although some colors continue to be timeless classics. As one of our preferred vendors, we look to Sherwin-Williams for their top picks for the new year.

Bathroom paint colors to consider by category:


Neutrals are always a pleasing choice with timeless hues and their ability to pair with vibrant color accents. Within neutrals, specifically whites, creams, and grays, the sky’s the limit for choices. But, a common mistake made is believing neutrals are only light colors. Don’t be afraid to choose darker hues of neutral colors to create moody, meditative or sophisticated bathrooms.

Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year is Urbane Bronze SW 7048. This gray-brown color is grounded in earthiness and serenity and is a stylish choice in any room.

Urbane Bronze Bathroom – Image credit Sherwin-Williams

Modern Gray SW 7632 is another appealing selection for a warm neutral or try Crushed Ice SW 7647.

Why not embrace a combination of neutrals for highlighting architectural details. Extra White SW 7006, On the Rocks SW 7671, and Alabaster SW 7008 combine to create a timeless look in this traditional cottage style bathroom alcove below.

Extra White + On the Rocks + Alabaster – Image Credit Sherwin-Williams

The theme for 2021 is to capture nature with green hues. Inspire yourself to try something new with the colors you choose. A color our designers love is Rosemary SW 6187. You’ll feel like you stepped into nature with this gorgeous color. For a bolder statement you might try Messenger Bag SW 7740, it’s earthy and modern.


When we think of the perfect blue, one of our favorite master bathroom projects come to mind. This owner’s suite is a design-build project our Team completed in Upper Arlington, Ohio using Embellished Blue SW 6749 on the walls. A bright color that is playful and refreshing.

Bathroom – Embellished Blue – Image Credit Marshall Evan Photography for The Cleary Company Remodel Design Build

Other blue hues trending this year? Bold and rich like Anchors Away SW 9179 or Adriatic Sea SW 6790, or for a timeless, yet modern look, check out Dew Drop SW 9641. They are all great options to consider for your bathroom.


A bright yellow is perfect for a child’s bathroom and warm yellows can be perfect powder room accents. Consider Tarnished Trumpet SW 9026 for it’s gorgeous mustard color or Limón Fresco SW 9030 if a brighter cool tone is desirable. Both offer a timeless vintage feel. While Moonraker SW 6701 is more mellow and serene and perfect for a tranquil spa-like space.

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The colors you choose for your bathroom can transform the space from drab and dated to fresh and stylish. Paint has the ability to energize, bring a sense of calm, a bit of whimsy, or a fresh start to any room and might be just the reset you need to start off a new year. And remember the beauty of paint is if you end up not loving it and want to create a different mood, just paint it again!

Our Design Team at The Cleary Company invests time in collaborating and researching to find the perfect paint colors for our clients. Their expertise will be just what you need when you remodel your bathroom. Visit our bathrooms portfolio for more inspiration!