I am repainting the bathroom off my bedroom - it's small, has a shower stall, a toilet, and a sink. It's in a house that was built in 1972. The tiles are white with gold flecks, the sink and toilet are harvest gold. Does anyone have a suggestion on what color to paint walls? I tried a deep tan with green undertones - yuck - please help.
F04098 from Albany, NY
Harvest gold seems to go well with the new rust and green tones. A lot depends on the style you like. I have seen the harvest gold incorporated into the "Zen" style, or you could go into tropical, with the bamboo style shades, and tropical plants/flowers theme for the shower curtain.
If you find something with the same hue as the harvest gold, find a pattern you like. It could even be in a picture, and build from that. Make sure if you paint the walls, they are a lighter shade than your main color. I have heard that you should have 60% the main color, 30% an accent color, and the rest in a complimentary color. (03/12/2006)
I just redid my bath and painted it a pale sage. Then made tall ( from the ceiling to tub )drapes just for show. You could do the same only using less of the gold but still tie it into a fabric.
I made the quilt wall hanging to continue the tropical look since the fabric had palm trees. Maybe a fabric or border that has a small amount will help you blend other colors with it. Good luck. (03/13/2006)
What do you think about painting it a deep chocolate brown and bringing the gold out by accessorizing with "Leopard" print accessories such as the towels, soap dish, lotion dispenser?
Another color, if you are bold, would be black. You could choose between black or brown based on the colors you find in your Leopard accessories, as they often vary between the two. Good Luck! (03/13/2006)
By Jill from Burlington, IA
I would paint this bathroom with a pale yellow, to pull that gold along, as if you used it there intentionally. A shower curtain, or window curtain that has a little of the yellow, white, and gold in it would look nice. It doesn't matter what other colours may be in the curtain, can be pretty flowers, or butterflies. I personally would go with butterflies. Good luck with it. Patsy
I think pale yellow or perhaps a cream color would go well with your bathroom. (03/14/2006)
I would paint the bathroom white. It is nice and clean, will match and open up the room. You could decorate with items of color to accent the gold flecks.
Use gold as a trim color and paint the rest in a white to match the tiles. You can use a third color as a minimal accessory accent in small doses. (03/14/2006)
This is just something to think about! We had the gold fixtures in out bathroom too. Learned to hate it after 30 years, this really dated the house!
In 2002 we had the tub reglazed to white and replaced the toilet with an energy saver white and installed the new marble-type vanity sink. Husband was able to install the sink and toilet. The tub glazing was around $300. It might be just a tad more now. Such an improvement and investment! (03/14/2006)
By Syd B.
Have you given any thought to putting up a nice vinyl wallpaper with a matching border? There are so many bathroom wallpapers to choose from and I'm sure you can find something with gold in it. I also have Harvest Gold tile, tub and toilet in my bathroom and I went with a pretty tropical fish wallpaper with matching border.
It has a lot of different colors in it and therefore, I have a lot of choices of colors for my towels, bathroom rugs, shower curtain, etc. Even if you don't go with the wallpaper, a nice border at the top with a little gold in it would make a big difference, and would give you some other colors to work with. (09/26/2008)
By Barbara M.
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