Popular Paint Colours for Bathroom Vanities & Kitchen Islands
When it comes to painting vanities and islands, there are SO many awesome colours to choose from! And not only that but vanities and islands offer GREAT opportunities for some serious PERSONALITY. Why? Because it’s easier to commit to something a bit different and ‘out of the box’ on a smaller scale vs a large scale project like an ENTIRE KITCHEN, which can be costly to redo in five years if you’re tired of the colour (or five months if you’re like me).
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1. BEST BATHROOM VANITY OR KITCHEN ISLAND COLOUR: GRAY
Definitely in the top three for vanity colours, gray is a great way to add interest to a bathroom without going over the top.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ROYCROFT PEWTER 2848
If you like a gray that’s a bit of a chameleon, look no further than Roycroft Pewter. With its unique blend of blue and green undertones, Roycroft Pewter is a unique take on gray due to its undertones which can shift how they look depending on your PERCEPTION.
Roycroft Pewter has an LRV of 13, making it a medium-dark colour. And don’t expect those undertones to sit passively as they will DEFINITELY show up to the party!
BENJAMIN MOORE CHELSEA GRAY HC-168
Chelsea Gray is a solid, medium-toned gray that has been a fan fave for years. And while it’s FRACTIONALLY warm (you’d hardly know it), it acts more like a standard charcoal and can sometimes pick up a SUPER vague green undertone.
BENJAMIN MOORE METROPOLIS CC-546
Metropolis is a beautiful medium-toned WARM gray with a subtle violet undertone. When it comes to homes built in the early 2000s, particularly those with granite countertops, Metropolis is a popular choice as it often suits the TYPE of gray found in these finishes.
See the AWESOME before and after of the above bathroom HERE
BENJAMIN MOORE AMHERST GRAY HC-167
Amherst Gray is along similar lines to Chelsea Gray but is darker and the green undertone in Amherst Gray can sometimes show up just a wink more (depending on the products you partner it with and your lighting/exposure).
SHERWIN WILLIAMS GAUNTLET GRAY 7019 & DOVETAIL 7018
Dovetail is a medium depth warm gray paint colour and Gauntlet Gray is like the medium-dark version. They’re both beautiful warm grays with vague violet undertones (but rarely flashes green). I say this because often, the more subtle and undertone is, the more likely a colour is to pick up OTHER undertones.
Sherwin Williams Dovetail
And remember, when you’re choosing the best gray paint colour for your vanity, you need to pay CLOSE attention to the needs of your tiles and countertop. Find out which undertones you’re working with and coordinate your gray paint colour from there! Every gray will have undertones and you’ll want to make sure that they partner up!
This next kitchen is still being completed but is a great shot of Gauntlet Gray…
2. BEST BATHROOM VANITY OR KITCHEN ISLAND COLOUR: GREEN
Whether it’s a green-blue blend, emerald-inspired or leaning into the mossy end of things, green is definitely one of today’s more popular hues!
BENJAMIN MOORE KITTY GRAY 1589
Kitty Gray is a hybrid colour. This means that if you want SOME green, but don’t want things looking TOO strong, it’s a great choice. With its blend of green, blue and gray, Kitty Gray is a great way to make a statement without going over the top with colour.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS EVERGREEN FOG 9130
If you’re looking for a more subtle take on green, Evergreen Fog is a medium-depth green with just the right amount of gray to calm it down without taking away the ‘green’ of it.
BENJAMIN MOORE DEEP RIVER
Deep River is very literal as it’s a VERY DEEP take on gray-green. You can expect this bad boy to flash a wink blackish in low light, but you just WAIT to see that glorious green rise up when you give it a little light!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS ISLE OF PINES 6461
Isle of Pines is a goooorgeous green with enough power to be interesting, but not so much that it heads into the primary end of things.
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3. BEST BATHROOM VANITY OR KITCHEN ISLAND COLOUR: GREIGE
Greige is another great choice and can sometimes work better than gray if you’re trying to transition out of the beige end of things. I say ‘sometimes’ as some bathrooms just CAN’T pull off gray or greige – it all depends on the existing finishes and what they can tolerate!
BENJAMIN MOORE KINGSPORT GRAY HC-86
Kingsport Gray is an awesome medium-toned greige paint colour, planted nicely between gray and beige with an allegiance to beige/brown over gray.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS MEGA GREIGE 7031
Mega Greige is a POPULAR greige paint colour with minimal undertone. It has a bit less depth than Kingsport Gray and isn’t as warm, but can be a gorgeous foundation colour for a bathroom palette.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS KEYSTONE GRAY 7504
Keystone Gray is greige paint colour that’s in the medium depths and along similar lines to Kingsport Gray – just a shift lighter and a touch grayer than Kingsport.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS URBANE BRONZE 7048
Urbane Bronze is a WICKED gorgeous super dark greige with undertones you just HAVE to check out!
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel and stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a FEW reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1-3 business days, depending on the location
- they’re considerably more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their background, you can move them around the room
Please keep in mind that Samplize samples come in EGGSHELL finish. Cabinets are usually painted in satin or pearl finish. This slightly higher sheen can make a paint colour look a bit lighter and brighter than you’d expect. If you’re at ALL concerned, you may want to go back to traditional sample pots.
Visit the SAMPLIZE website HERE
4. BEST BATHROOM VANITY OR KITCHEN ISLAND COLOUR: NAVY BLUE
Oooo, I love a beautiful blue vanity. It’s classic and will be more timeless than green.
BENJAMIN MOORE CITY SHADOW CSP-60
City Shadow is in BM’s Colour Stories collection, meaning it’s a HUGELY versatile, chameleon-like colour. In some lights, you might see it more like a blue-gray, while in other lights, you’ll see a bit of green come up!
SHERWIN WILLIAMS CYBERSPACE 7076
Oooo, I love me some Cyberspace, it’s one of my FAVE navy inspired colours. It’s a navy blue, but not overpowering in colour due to its soft gray backdrop.
BENJAMIN MOORE HALE NAVY HC-154 OR SHERWIN WILLIAMS NAVAL 6244
And for the next photo, you might be thinking, ‘Kylie MUST be in the cups today – that is definitely not a bathroom vanity or a kitchen island!’ If ‘in the cups’ includes a venti vanilla latte, then hells yeah, I have fully indulged. But really, I just want to show you another example of how beautiful Cyberspace can be in action!
See Cyberspace on another kitchen island HERE
5. BEST BATHROOM VANITY OR KITCHEN ISLAND COLOUR: BLACK
Black is BACK baby. It’s strong, it’s striking, but it can ALSO collect a lot of lint, dust and fingerprints, so keep that in mind!
BENJAMIN MOORE BLACK 2132-10
Black (which can only be found in-store or online using the number above) is a striking black with no undertone to contend with.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS TRICORN BLACK 6258
Tricorn Black is a slightly softer approach compared to Benjamin Moore Black, but don’t be mistaken, it’s still black.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS IRON ORE 7069
Iron Ore is a soft black, especially compared to the above two colours. As for undertones, Iron Ore leans towards a very vague green undertone and more rarely, a flash of slate blue (like SUPER minor).
And of course…
6. BEST BATHROOM VANITY OR KITCHEN ISLAND COLOUR: WHITE
If you aren’t feeling the more colourful end of things, you may find that white gives you all of the inspiration you need!
BENJAMIN MOORE WHITE DOVE OC-17
White Dove is one of my faves. It’s a warm, soft white – not as creamy as some, but not a stark, clean white either, making it a great option for the average home.
SHERWIN WILLIAMS PURE WHITE 7005
BENJAMIN MOORE SUPER WHITE OC-152
Super White…is super white.
Super White is on the shiplap and vanity
SHERWIN WILLIAMS HIGH REFLECTIVE WHITE 7757
Still not sure which one will suit your bathroom tile & countertop the best?
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ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN JULY 2019, UPDATED IN 2022