Navy Bathroom Makeover

This post has been sponsored by BEHR®.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is amazing how paint can transform a space!  See how my navy walls instantly (and inexpensively) updated our bathroom.

Navy Bathroom Makeover

When we first moved into our home, I was loving all things neutral.  I added a paneled wall treatment, painted the walls a neutral beige and added a starched fabric wall treatment to our half bath.

Four years later, I decided it was time for a bathroom refresh as we head into the new year.  I have been crushing on navy lately, and I knew a color would add some fun and drama to the space – without breaking the bank.

I went to our local Home Depot and played around with BEHR’s ColorSmart app.  It is so easy – just grab a paint chip and scan the barcode!  The app allows you to see the color in various spaces, and it helps visualize what your room will look like in a color.

The display also shows the various paint sheens and suggests the best use of each.

I chose BEHR in Dark Denim.  It is a navy, but it does have quite a bit of gray in it.  I wanted to avoid a more royal blue look, so I made sure to find something with a deeper undertone.  My space also has no natural light, so I only painted the upper wall to avoid making the room appear smaller.

I used BEHR’s Premium Plus Ultra paint in the eggshell finish – one of my favorite finishes.

I also painted the bathroom door using BEHR in Orion Gray – the same color I recently painted my laundry room doors (see more here).  I am slowly painting the doors in our mudroom hallway this gorgeous medium gray.  The doors were an off-white, but they see so much use that they were hard to keep clean.  This gray hides so much.

For the door, I began with two coats of KILZ premium primer.  I used a foam roller for a smoother finish and brush for hard-to-reach areas (like the inset panels in the doors).

Once the primer was dry, I added two coats of BEHR in Orion Gray – once again using the roller and brush.

The result is a sophisticated entrance into the bathroom.

The navy adds so much to the space!  I found an inexpensive rug and floral art and kept the decor minimal.

As I mentioned before, the bathroom has no natural light.  I kept the paneled walls their original off-white color to not allow the room to be swallowed by the darker color palette.

BEHR in Dark Denim is now one of my favorite navy paint colors!  Where can you see this color in your home?  I already know some other rooms I’d love to see it in my home!



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  1. Gwen says

    You have kept so busy and it makes me happy!! I love the white paneled wall below and the crisp blue above. That pot with the green plant looks perfect. How you hung this frame looks unique. Just a great look all the way around. It was 1976. Everything was navy blue. Dishes. Clothes. But no home decor!!! I was frustrated as a young Teen! My mom let me spray paint everything but it wasn’t til the mid ‘80s any Navy was seen in decor. In the 90’s I was married and did navy and white in a main bathroom. A white wallpaper I did on my own. GASP and navy accents. It soon disappeared because Tuscan red rose to fame and then white. It’s my turn FINALLY!! I’m old enough. I’ve waited my entire life for navy and shades of blue that aren’t pale to be in. I’m embracing it!!! Glad you are too!!! My house shall look like the Oval Office on Madam Secretary—except he got different drapes tonight. I am going for some blue ones from last season!!!

  2. Diane says

    Did you paint the bottom parts of the wall again in the 4 years before this project? The wall looks off white before but crisp white now. The bathroom looks stunning. Is the bottom part of the wall Luann or 1/4” plywood or is it Sheetrock with trim Boards? I have a desire now to finally redo my bathroom after seeing yours. I’ve been waiting for 5 years but could not make up my mind.

  3. Mary Fioretti says

    Just LOVE this combination, plus the door!!!! Where did you find the rug and print. They really tie it all up. Thinking of these colors for our new guest room in the basement.

  4. Kelly says

    Hi there, this is absolutely gorgeous. Did you prime and paint over the wallpaper or take it off first.? My daughter just bought a house and it is loaded with wallpaper. Thanks

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      Thanks Kelly! The wallpaper was actually easy to remove because it was starched fabric – not really wallpaper. Pulling down wallpaper is a pain, but if possible, it is best to remove. Good luck!!

  5. Jayme says

    I literally JUST finished painting my bathroom navy & white because I came across your picture on Pinterest. (Paint brush & rollers haven’t even been cleaned yet!) It wasn’t attached to anything, so I guessed on the color…. it is just gorgeous! Then your pin popped up on my Pinterest feed.
    I can’t wait to get the molding up. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Diana says

    I am so inspired with everything you created for this bathroom . I just got done doing the board and batten and left the top sort of lime green But after seeing your creation . I will be painting my bathroom just like yours. My bathroom is small and no window will this make the room smaller . Your advice will be great. Thank you so much for sharing this with us . Can not wait to see more . Have a great day . And everything is beautiful..

  7. Brigette K. says

    It looks very pretty! I am thinking of painting the exterior of my house this color but I’m wondering if there are any purple tones in it?

    • sincerely, sara d. says

      I don’t see any purple, but my bathroom has no natural light so it’s hard for me to give you advice on it. Maybe paint a board this color and see how it looks at different times of the day?

  8. Sharon Irwin says

    Have a small bathroom looking to paint the vanity cabinet navy blue (has a white top). Not sure what color for walls? Also would like to add wood to one wall and do a wash over it. Not sure if this would be too much.

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