Psychologist reveals the best bathroom colour to choose for your mood

These are the best and worst bathroom colours - but how can they make us feel?

Freestanding roll top in panelled bathroom, London
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Choosing the best bathroom colour to give tired-looking walls a new lease of life is never easy. As the room where most people typically get ready for the beginning and end of their day, the bathroom is far more important than we might imagine. and Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant Lee Chambers MSc MBPsS, certainly believe so, with Lee saying that "the colour scheme of your bathroom can have a direct impact on how you feel"

But if the colour we choose for our bathroom is so crucial, what should we go for? might just have the answer, with their recent survey revealing which bathroom colours are most popular with the public from a list of 13.

As Lee shares what these colours could mean for our wellbeing, the results are intriguing…

What are the top bathroom colours?

Having asked people to confirm the paint colour of their own bathrooms from a list of 13, here are the results:

  1. White
  2. Blue
  3. Green
  4. Grey
  5. Cream
  6. Yellow
  7. Red
  8. Pink
  9. Orange
  10. Brown
  11. Metallic gold/silver
  12. Purple
  13. Black

The most popular bathroom wall colour overall according to the survey is white. Whilst this acts as a perfect neutral and won’t conflict with any other colours you have going on in your bathroom, Lee has revealed this might not necessarily be the best choice.

“An all-white bathroom is very clinical, clean and spacious,” he states, adding that it “lacks character and can be uninspiring, especially for females, studies have shown.”

What bathroom colour should you choose if you want to feel calm?

Coming in as the second and third most popular bathroom colours, with 21% and 11% of the votes respectively, are blue and green. 

And it seems these sea-like colours could just be a great choice if you’re looking to wind down and find calmness in your morning routine.

Blue bathroom with two rectangular sinks

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According to Lee, “When it comes to helping us find a calmer moment of serenity in the evening or as you rush around in the morning, cooler colours that still have a bright element, such as brighter blue, purples and greens can help us feel assured in ourselves and convey a message that we can handle the day's challenges.”

What colour should you paint a bathroom if you want to feel energised?

Red and orange may have only come in at 7th and 9th in the top 13 most popular bathroom colours, but a bold shade could be just what your bathroom needs. 

Interior Of An Orange Bathroom

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“If you want to start the day with a stimulating boost, bold shades of warm colours like reds, oranges and yellows can really get you energised,” Lee shares. “This can be incorporated through accessories and decoration on a more muted colour.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the least popular bathroom colour choice overall was black, with 0% of people surveyed selecting this wall colour. 

Lee is in favour of avoiding black bathroom walls, saying: “Dark bathrooms can feel enclosed and uninviting unless the lighting is beneficial, and mirrors are used to create the perception of space.”

What should you consider before choosing a colour for your bathroom?

After evaluating the top 13 colours for bathrooms, Lee Chambers revealed one final point we should all consider before choosing a colour. He says: “The last thing to consider is your colour preferences. If there's a particular shade that you feel expresses you, you have a personal connection, and that is powerful when deciding what colour to use.”

When it comes to picking your perfect shade, he adds, “just ensure that the colours you choose let you have that moment of peace in a place that feels like home”.

It seems that as long as your bathroom colour works for you, that’s the most important thing. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!