The One Color You Should NEVER Paint Your Bathroom




There’s one color you should absolutely never, ever paint your bathroom.  Can you guess what it is?

brown poop bathroom

bathroom before

This is the color to avoid, my friends:  poop brown.  The above is a “before” photo of a client’s powder room. Small powder rooms should be little jewel boxes, so we chose a beautiful teal color that would pop against the black countertop and floors.

sherwin williams lagoon bathroom

bathroom after

Please share the news with all your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.  Spread the word that this has to stop:  no more bathrooms the color of poop. Please. And thank you.

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19 thoughts on “The One Color You Should NEVER Paint Your Bathroom

  1. Nancy Beichner says:

    Actually did this to my daughter’s bathroom. Had regrets as is was occurring. My husband’s comment was “Why are we painting the walls the color of s#%*?” It’s still there though…thanks for the motivation to make a change.

  2. Jayme says:

    I wholeheartedly support no more poop walls. And to the point of the light fixture-please no more boob lights! The madness has got to stop!

  3. Nicole says:

    When we bought our house five years ago, the previous owners had painted he entire house what I called peanut butter or paper bag brown. And I mean the entire house, ceilings and all. I’m no longer swimming and what you more accurately call “poop brown”, but there are still a few rooms that are holdouts….Thanks for bringing awareness to this horrific problem. For some reason, this color got a lot of traction in the early 2000. Much better colors this decade!

  4. MaryCC says:

    Any advice on how to nicely tell someone that their bathroom paint looks like poop ? She doesn’t use Facebook so I can’t send this blog to her……

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      That could be touchy, Mary! Even though I do this for a living, I never offer decorating advice to someone unless they ask for my opinion. If it’s a close friend and you don’t think it would hurt her feelings, then you may be able to say it in a joking manner and it be ok – but only you can be the judge of how she might take it!

  5. Sheri says:

    I agree on the poop brown colour, when we bought our house the previous owners thought they would update the house by painting the inside and outside salmon pink. I think they got the colour on sale and we heard from neighbours a painter came in, taped the floor and window and spray painted everything. I mean everything, walls, inside of closets, doors, everywhere. But we were able to reduce the asking price as it wasn’t moving because of all the pink inside and out. I have been painting the walls for 3 years now and have the kids bathroom to go and the entire basement.

  6. shiela says:

    I had painted the plastic arrow
    tops of my steel balustrarde fence with an expensive gold paint looked fantastic like Buckhingham palace
    for a couple of days then faded to a dull brown. Is there a gold paint out there for outdoor
    plastic ? Many thanks

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