I am still trying to decide on paint colors for my bathroom. We are remodeling on a very tight budget. I have dark green floor tiles and white tiles on the lower half of the walls. The bathroom is very small but it does have a tub/shower. I need to paint the old vanity because someone started painting it and never finished.
I was thinking of using an antique white and doing some sort of distressed look on the vanity. Can this be done easily and can someone give me tips on how to do this? I also need a color for the walls. Please help! This is the only guest bath so I need it to look nice. Thanks!
Jenna from Cincinnati, OH
You can never go wrong with basic white, keeping it simple is key, if you already have a lot of green thanks to the tiles, help tone it down. You can even go with an off-white if you don't like basic. This will give your room a more antique look.
Then go for inexpensive decorations to give it some class. For this, bring the outside in. Depending on the size of your bathroom, adding a few plants will spruce up the room. The moisture from the showers will help to keep the plants thriving.
If you have a dollar store in your area, check for fun and creative accessories, you will be amazed at what you can find. You can even create pictures using bits of plants from your own yard to make interesting pieces that guests may talk about for a long time to come.
Let your imagination run wild.
I agree with the other advice. I'd paint the walls white and the cabinet white. You'd have a crisp look of white and green! Then you can do pattern or stripe towels with yellow, green and white or blue, yellow green and white, or khaki, green and white. Or you could just have an assortment of different color solid towels for variation. You might find a cheap shelf at a thrift store and paint that and put up some fun accessories. I've also painted silhouette designs of leaves or seashells or a bird on a branch, etc.....(by silhouette, I mean painting solid, graphic shapes without getting into details and doing the whole silhouette in any solid color. ) Just draw your shape on cardboard or newspaper and tape it on the wall and trace it lightly with pencil or charcoal. You can tilt the design and repeat the pattern any way you want all around the bathroom. It's fun! I've painted baby nurseries like this, my own bathroom like this and bedrooms like this. Look in magazines or books at the library or home depot for ideas. Even go online and look at bathrooms on the Pottery Barn website and others for ideas. I get lots of ideas that way! Hope you have fun!
-Lee in FL
By Cathy S. (Guest Post) 02/25/2009
Thank goodness the dark green is on the floor. That makes it so much easier! I think white paint or a lovely vertical stripe wallpaper made for bathrooms would be nice. I would just paint the walls and vanity white and add accessories from there,pulling other colors in and steering clear of the dark green except in touches. You could easily add display towels in stripes, or solid mint and rose or mint and pale yellow, etc. I like other colors for the wall, as well ( light sunny yellow or pale blue) but they can make your skin look off-color in the mirror. White is the best. Take a picture of the bathroom with you to the store to help you visualize what it will look like as you purchase. Have fun!
By Marion (Guest Post) 02/25/2009
What about a light green or sage green. That should update the look and still look good with your tile!
By Sherry in Texas (Guest Post) 02/25/2009
I love colors from nature, so for an earthy, natural look I'd go with a light tan.
If you can not afford to paint the tiles you can buy rub on sticker's of a third color to go with your bathroom.I did this to some green tile's a long time ago and it sure made a difference.And since you do not have to do every tile either it is a inexpensive way to decorate and it spruces the place up!!You can use a light shade of blue or peach,beige is even used in the bathroom as well as a yellow (of some type) or even a cream color.If you decide to use blue or cream in the bathroom, paint your vanity a peach color or some color that would be a good focal point, only you know the exact shade of green your dealing with so I wish you luck and hope the help here was some help!!.( Some Pun huh?!)You can also when you have $$$ again buy larger rub on's and put them on the vanity to pull it all together and maybe even paint the tiles.Good Luck,And have fun Darlene
By Lorraine 02/28/2009
I second a light tan. A light peach is classic with green and as others have pointed out, white will definitely go with the green and white. In any case, a lighter color will make the room cheerier.
We painted the ladies bathroom at church using mint green mixed with white paint for a soft look. The floor is white and the counter is a black marble with white and mint in it. We hung white lace curtains over the non see thru window and a basket of peach miniroses sits in the corner.
We tried using a fern for decoration and this shade of green clashed with mint green, so stay with something that has blue in it if you can.
My aunt did this trick to her bathroom and I remember it was so striking and I've never heard of this trick before or after. She painted the walls plain white. Then she rolled up a newspaper - we only had black and white newspapers then. Then she dipped the edges of the rolled up newspaper in black paint and just dabbed the white walls with it.
It didn't turn out to look speckled really because the rolled newspaper has uneven edges to it. She didn't dab the black pain around very much, it was scattered, but it looked really nice.
As to whether she used acrylic, etc., I don't know because I was just a child then, but I still remember how simple yet elegant it looked. So I was thinking that you could use black paint since it's a neutral, but you could also use dark green paint as your 'newspaper dabbing' color to pick up the floor tiling.
My mother, an avid gardener, always told me that green goes with any color because it's the color of leaves.
So you could use any kind of color I think. I've always liked pink and green myself. A soft pretty pink, not bright. Then you could get pink and green towels, shower curtain. I think I'd keep any kind of rugs white though to show up against the dark green floor tile.
As far as the cabinets are concerned, you got me there because the only time I ever painted bathroom cabinets I painted them cream to match the floorboards; the part that goes around the outside of the floor - I can't even think of the name!
It did come out looking really nice though. You didn't mention the color of the cabinet as it is right now, but if it's a small room, I'd go light in color. I think you should also take into consideration the color of the top of the cabinet where the sink itself is and it's surrounding area. Good luck!
I am going to suggest a grayish/tan color on the walls. With the dark green tiles and white, it would give it an updated and modern look (depending on the style you prefer). Go to your local home improvement store and get pick up a bunch of paint chip samples. Lowes has the mini-cans of paint, that you can use to test and they only cost about $2.00.
As far as the cabinets/vanity go, what are the colors of the vanity? In my kitchen, I gave the cabinets a new look by using a foam brush with med. gray (oyster shell) paint. I used light strokes on the frames which made it look like weathered wood (very cool). Of course, I put primer on first and then after painting, I put a light coat of polyurethane.
As far as budget goes, I get it, believe me. 1 gallon of paint can provide approx. 400 sq ft of coverage (for the walls). I don't see a need to buy the best brand with a 25-year warranty. I personally bought "Olympic" for $13.00 a gallon and about $5.00 for a quart. I bought a quart of paint for my cabinet frames and still have plenty left over. Good luck!