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What color to paint this bathroom?
Old 02-15-2014, 08:05 AM
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I want to bring this bathroom into the 2000's by removing the flowered wallpaper from the 70's and painting the walls. We can't afford new fixtures, so I'm hoping paint will do the trick. It's a long bathroom, with a long wall opposite the tub. What color would look good? The tiles are pinkish tan, with some brown, and the floor tiles are shades of tan. Do I stay in the tan family or go with a totally different color? I have a lot do sage green in my house, would that look good here? TIA!


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Old 02-15-2014, 08:12 AM
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I think a green or blue would look good maybe help tone down the orange/pink of the tiles. You could go with sort of a tropical theme of greenish blue, orange, and tan - maybe throw in some bright orange or yellow accents with towels and so on.
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I have those tiles!
Old 02-15-2014, 08:13 AM
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I painted the woodwork and ceiling "Swiss mocha" white, and the walls a soft mocha brown.

Then, I found something called "wallies", sort of a decal/ wallpaper that is removable. They're just laser cut shapes you can easily put on randomly on wall. I used palm trees, with palm tree accessories.

Sage green is a good accent color.

Definetly paint the woodwork white.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:15 AM
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a light tan would look nice
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Some Sage, subtle
Old 02-15-2014, 08:44 AM
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Sage would compliment the tans, but I think the sage should be subtle.
My kitchen is painted peanut butter on the bottom and there is some sage in the wall border. The top is an off-white. I love it. It is soft, yet bright, and has a clean appearance.
The picture does not do it justice, and you can see how dirty my walls are. Its time to spruce it up I guess.


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Old 02-15-2014, 08:57 AM
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Munchkins, is it totally wrong of me to say I kind of love it the way that it is? I love that kind of retro grandma look with bathrooms. I'm totally serious!

But, I'd say because the tiles are that particular pinkish color, it will be very tricky mixing too many other colors. I do not think it matches well with other colors, and no, I do not think it would look good with sage green. I would stay firmly in the neutral zone for all other colors.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:06 AM
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Teeny tiny-you are so cute to love my grandma bathroom! If the wallpaper wasn't getting shabby I may not have started thinking about changing it up. I agree that the colors are hard to work with.

Twin2- your kitchen is so pretty, thanks!

I appreciate all of your input! Here is the color swatch from the renovated bathroom. We are using the middle color. Everything in the new bathroom is neutral.

Keltimom , would you be able to show a picture of your walls with the same tiles? I am such a visual learner!
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:10 AM
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Please post an "after" photo when you are done.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:38 AM
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I would do a light gray. Pink and gray work well together.
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With that much beige, brown and tan
Old 02-15-2014, 09:57 AM
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I would not go with greys... I would choose a dark khaki or mocha brown with a pink or blush undertone. I would choose maroon as the the accent colors.


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Old 02-15-2014, 10:20 AM
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I would recommend a dark mocha - Behr Mocha Latte. My guest bathroom has mauve tile counter top (ick) and we painted the walls this color and it looks more up to date. The mauve is definitely toned down and actually looks nice now.
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Old 02-15-2014, 10:38 AM
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Take it from someone who just went through this same dilemma with paint colors in the bedroom (painted it twice because I didn't like the non neutral orange with the brown). I'd stay in the neutrals (tans, mocha, light brown). If you are really into the green, I think the lightest shade to the left of your color sample...or maybe even the one next to it. But by looking at your floor, tile, and fixtures, I'd say stick to neutral.
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Old 02-15-2014, 11:39 AM
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Love the mocha walls! Looks so modern!

Thanks for all the input, everyone! Seems like neutral is the way to go. Now, I just need to muster up the energy to start peeling that wallpaper! (But not today- one bathroom in disarray at a time is enough for me!) Thanks, all!
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:53 PM
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Looks like my tiles! I painted them.
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:55 PM
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You painted your walls AND your tiles? Did you use the same type of paint? I never thought of that! (I'll have to do it when my DH is out- he'd have a fit! ) I love that color, too! What's it called?
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:58 PM
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Yep, same paint. The tiles were grey with a green top. They are from the 50's and have lasted for years. I'll post a before pic in a bit.

I'll check on the colour too and post a better pic.
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Behr Ulta (Satin) Wilmington Tan
Old 02-15-2014, 01:17 PM
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This is a bit better.
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Wow!!
Old 02-15-2014, 03:25 PM
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What a difference! I really like the tans/coffee colors. My old "master bathroom" (it's funny to call it that because it's tiny- just a stall shower, vanity, and toilet) used to be that old green. The new tile is very neutral- light tan/bone colored. What pretty bathrooms you all have!
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Old 02-15-2014, 03:31 PM
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Rustoleum makes a tile refinishing product made for redoing outdated tiles. I haven't used that one, but I have used their cabinet refinishing product and loved it! It is expensive ($50 - $70) but they have a money back guarantee.

http://rustoleumtransformations.com/tile/pressroom.php
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Gray White or Brown
Old 02-15-2014, 04:28 PM
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But they have to be the perfect shade to match the color. I don't like the green at all. I think the space is too small for the dark green and pink.
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:15 PM
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Thank you for the brilliant idea of painting tiles! We have hideous tiles in our kitchen as the back splash. No way can we afford to get anything new so I now have a Spring Break project!!

I just checked out the Rustoleum website and I am so excited!!!
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:53 AM
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Let's see if this works!
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Old 08-04-2014, 12:03 PM
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That looks so nice! Thanks for the visual!!!
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