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The 6 Best Paint Colours for a Bathroom Vanity – Including White!

Posted on July 26, 2019 by KylieMawdsley


Popular Paint Colours for Bathroom Vanities (or even a kitchen island!)

When it comes to painting a bathroom vanity (or island for that matter), there’s no need to stick with white when there are SO many awesome colours to choose from! And a vanity is a GREAT place for some depth or a splash of colour. Why? Because it’s easier to commit to something a bit different on a smaller scale vs a large scale project like kitchen cabinets, which can be costly to redo if in five years if you’re tired of the colour (or five months if you’re like me).

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, powder room with dark gray hexagon tile floor, green painted vanity, gold brass accents, fixtures, mirror. LG Minuet quartz white countertop

And a HUGE thank you to my E-design and local clients, for sending me their ‘after’ photos – I couldn’t do this without you!

1. Best Bathroom Vanity Colour: Gray or Charcoal

Definitely in the top three for vanity colours, gray is a great way to add interest to a bathroom without going over the top.

Benjamin Moore Baltic Gray

Baltic Gray sits on the LIGHT side of the medium-range. It has some body to it, but not the depth that some of the more traditional charcoals or grays can have. It’s a warm gray with a purple undertone.

Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray

Dorian Gray is a similar depth to Baltic, but slightly warmer. And while it has a purple undertone as well, it does step back a wink and can sometimes pick up a faint whisper of green (super faint).

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!

Bathroom with floating gray vanity, Cambria quartz countertop Kirkstead. Benjamin Moore Balboa Mist, large mirror. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and Design Online and Nanaimo

If you want a bit more body on your cabinets – you better get nekkid baby, it is a bathroom after all! Oh, not THAT type of body – weirdo. Let’s rephrase that…if you want a bit more DEPTH on your cabinets, then I’ve got some beauties for you to check out.

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

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 duper vague green undertone (FULL REVIEW HERE).

Benjamin Moore Metropolis

Metropolis is a beautiful medium-toned WARM gray with a purple undertone. Remember, EVERY gray has undertones, so you need to pick the one that best suits your home!

Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray

The same idea as Chelsea Gray, but darker and the green undertone in Amherst Gray can sometimes show up just a wink more, depending on the products you’re partnering it with.

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray and Dovetail

These two are doing a similar thing, but while Dovetail is a medium depth paint colour, Gauntlet Gray is a medium-dark. They’re both beautiful warm grays with vague purple undertones and rarely, a wink of green (FULL REVIEW OF GAUNTLET GRAY HERE / DOVETAIL HERE).

Bathroom update, Benjamin Moore Classic Gray and Metropolis vanity, Bianco Drift quartz and gray subway tile by Kylie M Interiors

See the AWESOME before and after of the above bathroom HERE

Caesarstone bathroom countertop Bianco Drift with gray and greige tones. Maple vanity painted Benjamin Moore Metropolis. Kylie M Interiors E-design and Color Consulting

Marble backsplash in hexagon shape with vanity cabinets painted Chelsea Gray, double sinks and chrome accents by Kylie M Interiors

New construction home, see more HERE

This next one is not a bathroom…obviously, but it’s a great shot of Gauntlet Gray.

Sherwin Williams Gauntlet Gray, white upper cabinets. Small kitchen makeover. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online consultant

Read more: The 9 Best Benjamin Moore Gray Paint Colours

2. Best Bathroom Vanity Colour: Green

Green is SUPER popular these days – especially anything bordering on blue-green or a more emerald inspired colour.

Sherwin Williams Isle of Pines

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.

Sherwin Williams Hunt Club

Just like its name hints at, Hunt Club is a more traditional, classic green.

Benjamin Moore Yorktowne Green

Compared to the other two, you might find that Yorktowne Green seems just a WINK teal-inspired, and it is, while still being firmly planted in the green range.

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, powder room with dark gray hexagon tile floor, green painted vanity, gold brass accents, fixtures, mirror. LG Minuet quartz white countertop

The best white and gray paint colors for kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity. Benjamin or Sherwin. Edesign, Kylie M Interiors Online colour consulting. Home Decorating and diy ideas blogger

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3. Best Bathroom Vanity 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

Kingsport Gray is an awesome medium-toned greige, planted nicely between gray and greige with only minor allegiance to beige/brown.

Sherwin Williams Mega Greige

Mega Greige sits softer than Kingsport Gray. It’s still a medium tone, but it has a bit less body/depth to it and can come across a wink more greige.

Sherwin Williams Keystone Gray

Keystone Gray is really along similar lines to Kingsport Gray, but it’s a shift lighter and a touch grayer than Kingsport.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

Urbane Bronze is a WICKED gorgeous super dark greige with undertones you just HAVE to check out!

Best paint colour for bathroom vanity or cabinets, Benjamin MOore Kingsport Gray with formica travertine counters. Kylie M Interiors E-design

Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray painted oak cabinets with Revere Pewter walls in bathroom with almond bone fixtures. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color consulting. Client photo

Read more:The 4 Best Gray and Greige Paint Colours for Cabinets and Vanities

Let’s take a quick break to talk about paint samples…

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 location
  • At $5.99, they’re considerably more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needing 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 Colour: Dark or Navy Blue

Oooo, I love a beautiful blue vanity. It’s classic and will be more timeless than green.

Benjamin Moore City Shadow

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

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 or Sherwin Williams Naval

Hale Navy is a super gorgeous navy blue. Not primary coloured, but not overly grayed-out either. Naval is along ‘similar’ lines, but a bit more classic and blue (FULL REVIEW OF HALE NAVY HERE).

Read more: The 10 Best Blue-Gray Paint Colours

Kylie M Interiors Edesign. Bathroom vanity painted a darker gray blue, Benjamin Moore City Shadow, Sherwin Zircon on the walls. Online paint and decor advice blog

And for the next photo, you might be thinking, ‘Kylie MUST be in the cups today, that is definitely not a bathroom vanity!’ I’ll let you know, that if ‘the cups’ includes a venti vanilla latte, then hells yeah, I have fully indulged. However, once we hit noon, all bets are off on the wine-front, so you better hope I wrap this up quick. But really, I just wanted to show you how beautiful Cyberspace can be in action!

Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. Gas fireplace with painted white fake brick, shiplap and wood mantel, Cyberspace navy blue built in cabinets

Also, see Cyberspace on a kitchen island HERE

5. Best Bathroom Vanity 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!

1980 bathroom remodel with walk in shower, maax fibreglass base, travertine and glass mosaci and dark wood vanity

Benjamin Moore Black 2132-10

Black (which can only be found in-store or online using the number above) is a more striking look compared to our next colour which is…

Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black

Tricorn Black is a softer approach, picking up an ALMOST slightly blueish cast in comparison to Black (but don’t be mistaken, it’s still black).

Sherwin Williams Iron Ore

Iron Ore is a soft black for sure, especially compared to the above two colours. It leans towards a very vague green undertone and more rarely, a flash of slate blue (like SUPER minor).

update to an almond bathroom with cream elongated subway tiles, espresso vanity and glass mosaic tile. Kylie M Interiors

And of course…

6. Best Bathroom Vanity 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

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 (FULL REVIEW HERE).

SW Pure White

Pure White is an awesome white with just a WINK of softness to it (FULL REVIEW HERE).

BM Super White

Super White…is super white.

SW High Reflective White

High Reflective White follows right in the footsteps of Super White (FULL REVIEW HERE).

Small bathroom decorating idea. Glass mosaic tile on wall behind vanity. Cambria Galloway. Kylie M Interiors. E-decor and Online Color consulting. Based in Nanaimo Bc

Read more: The 3 Best White Paint Colours for Cabinets

Bathroom vanity cabinet High Reflective White, white countertop, subway tile accent feature wall. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consultant

So there you have it! Some fabulous paint colour ideas for your vanity!

Still not sure which one will suit your bathroom tile and countertop the best?

Check out my Online Color Consulting packages, I’d love to help!

Online paint colour consultant Benjamin Moore Sherwin Williams, Vancouver Island, USA, UK. Interior, exterior, edesign colors. Kylie M Interiors, blogger marketing

Chat soon,

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  1. I’m doing my walls in SW Alabaster but was thinking about my cabinets and trim in PPG Delicate White. I want a very shuttle difference .
    I’n my powder room I am thinking about SW Black Magic for the vanity. Your thoughts?

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      Hi Dianne, I’m just not familiar with the PPG brand to really put those all together, but if it were me, I wouldn’t do a different white on the trim and a different one on the cabinets, as they will only expose each others undertones – I would stay consistent and do the same for sure.

  2. I can’t tell you how relieved I am to see this post!!! I’m having custom cabinetry done for our master bathroom and chose BM White Dove. As I often do, I start doubting my choices after searching the web for anything on White Dove which leads me to comments about it being(or turning) too yellow or too creamy, which i didn’t want. Any insight on that? I loved it’s look when i was at the cabinet shop due to it’s softer appearance. I’m planning on using it on all the trim since the crown molding around the top of the linen closet/cabinet is the same as the cabinets. I’m doing a white subway tile shower with almond color penny tile on shower floor and Marazzi Lounge 14 in cosmopolitan color. Would you go with white dove on the walls or add a neutral color? I’m stuck at that point. The bathroom faces N/NE.

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      Hi Lisa! Well I know that I wouldn’t put another white in the mix with White Dove, I’d keep going with that so if you want white walls, stick with White Dove. And it can be a warmer, creamier looking white, but it’s more subdued than the others (Cloud White for example). You might notice the warmth of it a bit more up against a pure white subway tile, which is why I ‘might’ consider a neutral on the walls, just to break things up a bit :).

  3. Great Post Kylie! But none of these beautiful colors will work for me. I have a travertine floor that was put in my bathroom
    in the 90’s. It has a creamy undertone that leans a bit yellow (I think!) or maybe it is pink beige. The floor has to stay because the shower is also travertine and the shower has 2 clear glass panels. My wall color looks nice and is SW Patience. The problem is the oak vanity (medium brown) and it kind of ugly. Thought I should paint it since it is still in okay condition and get new hardware. I have beautiful brushed gold Kohler faucets that are fairly new. If I paint my vanity some shade of white, will that work? Or should it be the color of my walls? I’m thinking the vanity should be white, but it has to be the right undertone because of the travertine floor. The current countertop is travertine tile but that is going to go and I’ll get quartz with new undermount sinks. I’m doing everything to update this bathroom to a more current look because we want to downsize and sell in a few years (we are empty nesters!) Thanks for any help can offer.

  4. In general -What are the best vanity colors with beige countertop? that countertop is like bone in my throat… do I need to repeat counter color in Shower accent in mostly white the bathroom or just ignore it !

  5. We recently painted our bathroom in SW Essential Gray and want to paint our vanity. Our cermaic tile floor is tan and tub tiles are a lighter shade of beige. Vanity top is off with with light splashes of beige. Can you recommend a color for our vanity? Thank you!

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