This bathroom is just not okay. It makes me feel very beige, which is not me. But since we are spending WAY too much money already on several big projects that must be done, we don't have much extra to modernize our bathrooms right now. Here are the things we cannot change in this room:
- The tile floor.
- The shower surround or door.
- The toilet - because it works just fine, we don't know how far the floor goes underneath, and it would look weird to have a white toilet in the sea of beige.
- The horrifying shell counter. A counter is just too expensive right now, and I hate that the sink must be off center on this cabinet...so I want to wait until I can replace the vanity and the counter with a centered sink.
- The super fancy brushed gold faucet, because I don't want to buy a NEW gold faucet and any other finish would look weird.
So, you might be asking, "Ok,what the hell do you plan to change?" Glad you asked. I'm changing these things:
- The horrible beige wall color.
- The sconces. Oh, they are so boring and too dim.
- The grungy toilet seat (got a matching colored seat from Bemis, thank goodness!)
- The vanity hardware - but I'm not painting the cabinet.
- The TP holder and probably the towel bars.
- Most likely the storage cabinet above the toilet, although I secretly love the gold metal screening in the doors.
My goal is to spend no more than $500 total in here and do very 'easy' work. So, this is my way of thinking, please tell me if you agree....
With an almond bathroom, you have to go dark on the walls. You need to make the almond seem less 'dirty' and so there is no light color I could think of that would look good. At first, I tried the color from our kitchen in the last house, because I had a sample container laying around. It is Behr Lotus Leaf.
No like. It doesn't look too bad in the photo, but it looked very 'old lady pastel' in person with no natural light. Then I got inspired and put up my favorite deep color swatch, Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. I just love this color, and I knew it would look great with the almond. This is the same exact white balance in both photos, but the navy makes the counter look so much less yellow.
But it's so dark, and I worried about the room looking black. So I pulled out my other swatches, and saw another deep color I liked. Benjamin Moore Newburg Green, which is a green teal - the middle one in this swatch.
Armed with my sample cards, I went to Ace and got two overpriced sample containers of both colors. And here they are:
I love the way the navy neutralizes the yellowy counter, but I also think the green looks nice, and that color wouldn't read 'black' on the walls of this windowless room.
On the toilet wall, I liked the navy better and was a little worried that the green might look HUNTER green when it was put everywhere. Before I could paint around the shower, I had to remove all the old paint people had slopped on the surround. My nail worked great. This is why I don't get manicures, people.
What do you think of that screaming bright yellow they had in here before?! Yikes. I had an impressive pile of paint shavings when I was done scraping. PS - I did this a week ago and the shavings are still on the floor. I have priorities, you know?
I LOVE the green next to the brass shower door.
Ashford didn't have any opinion on the colors, but he likes to roll his cars on the ugly counter!
Here is a tie back from the curtains I'm currently using in our master bedroom. It's a great match, which was a total accident. I also have a lot of teal towels and accessories already, but nothing that would look good with the navy.
And as a side note, here is what our bedroom is looking like these days. Still a hot mess! I have no idea what color to paint this room.
My goal in the bathroom is to make it dramatic and a little over the top. I want to embrace the shiny brass and almond and make it as fabulous and intentional as possible. I've always thought that a dark room works better with deeper wall colors, rather than trying to use light paint to brighten it up. And since I have this ugly yellowy counter, I can't brighten anything with white trim, cabinetry, etc. I'm going to get brighter, sleeker gold sconces, some pretty linens. Some nice wall art. I will clean up the vanity and make the wood look great again. And I will figure out what to do with the wall cabinet, whether to replace it or somehow make it less dated.
There is a recessed light on the shower fan, so there is a little more light than just the sconces. But it will still be dark in here. I'm considering (someday) replacing the hollow door with an opaque glass door to let some of that wonderful window light into the bathroom. We could also do a solar tube, but that is $600 or so we don't have right now.
Do you like one color over the other? Do you think I'm crazy to go so dark in the bathroom? I did consider more neutral colors like warm grays, and I was just not impressed. This is Sherwin Williams Foothills, and it is just so blah with the counter.