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Old 05-09-2007, 05:22 AM
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Color for a Small Bathroom

We are getting ready to take down the ugly wallpaper in our bathroom and paint it. Will a bold color work well in a fairly small bathroom or should I go with something very light?

I am thinking of going with a color that will be complementary to the fixtures rather than in the same color family. We have those 80's "mauve" fixtures, and I am thinking of using a sage-green paint with white for the trim.

Normally I am very cautious with color so I'm kind of afraid of making a move like this. Then I think, "It's only paint. If we really hate it we can paint over it."
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:31 AM
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My dh and I have realized that we love colour! We painted our living room a deep "smurf" blue and love it. That being said, I would say to go ahead and paint your bathroom a bold colour! I would not go for a dark and bold colour, but perhaps something bright. (ie: stay away from the hunter green type colours) And it is true, if you hate it, it is only paint! Not only that but it is a small room so you could probably paint over it the same day. Although I would probably give it a few days to get accustomed to it.

Wow, that was long, but just my two cents. Let us know what you decide!
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Old 05-09-2007, 11:58 AM
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sticking my head in a noose here...lol...if mauve is close to salmon in color I would say go for it..I know of a house (picture was posted on FC) that is green with salmon trim and door..turned out pretty good.....
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:40 PM
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The main part of our house is like a vanilla color with white trim. That's 3 large rooms and a hallway. So I want to get away from the neutrals!!
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Old 05-09-2007, 12:54 PM
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I keep saying the same thing..most of my rooms are almond..except for front bedroon and bath..
that bath is a sand/grey color that matches the tile trim..rest of tile is speckled (with light grey) white, fixtures are white..I have a seashell border on top and did the waste basket in the same print..towels sets(which I already had) have the blue, pink and shells like the border)have shells and shore stuff for decorations and shower curtain holders..died a fringed throw rug light blue and put a small sand one on top that has shells in dark tan..to give the illusion of sand on the sea..shower curtain is very pale grey like the walls....
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:34 AM
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Sounds pretty, Margaret!

I would love a blue and white bathroom but with these fixtures, it's not happening. And I do not have the budget for a whole new bathroom! I will have to settle for a can of paint and a new towel bar
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:48 AM
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Gee..I didn't realize I went on so long about MY bathroom..sorry about that. Here is an article I saved..don't know if any of it will help in a bathroom but here goes anyway:
Color it beautiful
One of the fastest and more inexpensive ways to decorate your
home on a budget is to bring in color. Here are some great
ways to do that without breaking the bank!
* Use paint to add color throughout your room. Paint your
focal wall a richer or brighter color, or paint the whole
room. Paint mismatched furniture all one color. White is fresh
and black is sophisticated.
* Paint all the picture frames in the room a cool accent
color. It will pull them together, and add color to the walls.
* Use fabric to add color by adding curtains, tiebacks, throw
pillows, and tablecloths, all which can be made easily at home
with flat sheets or discount fabric.
* Cover all the matting in your picture frames with fabric.
This can even be scrap fabric or fabric from an old
tablecloth. Cut it to size, wrap around the back of the
matting, and then glue in place. Replace the picture or
artwork, place in the frame and rehang.
* Pick up candles in cool accent colors from the dollar shop
or discount store. Group them on shelves or tabletops for an
instant splash of color.
* Bring in live houseplants. Nothing adds more life and color
to a room than plants! You can even pot up some shade annuals
from the garden center and bring them inside for floral color.
Pansies are a good bet. Keep in a bright window, out of direct
sunlight.
* Finally, keep your eye out at garage sales for cool
accessories in your chosen color scheme. Remember that the
brighter accent colors should be kept to the smaller pieces to
prevent overwhelm in a room. (Unless that's what you were
going for!)
Bringing color into a room is an ideal way to add style and
charm, and doesn't take a lot of bucks to get it done! So add
some summer freshness to your life and color it up!
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Old 05-10-2007, 03:08 AM
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Margaret, I didn't mind what you wrote about your bathroom. I think it sounds lovely and very peaceful. Plus you described the pretty "little touches" that you have put in there. That is the part that I am really not good at. I can get the colors coordinated, curtains hung, etc--but those little extras are just beyond me
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my bathrooms are small..that one only has a walk in shower, vanity and john..and room for a mag. container..I use a rope looking beach bag that was DD2s way back when...no room for anything else..
In my master bath I picked up colors from the bed spread which is white with roses in various shades of red..those rooms are almond (except the br has one wall in honey beige)..the tile is almond with honey beige border, tub & john white, I had an almond sink put in the vanity and did the floor myself with almond tiles with flowers in the center of each..the flowers have a little celery colored leaf..shower curtain (that one has a tub) and throw are burgandy..put a vase of burgandy roses on vanity in a milk glass vase that has a matching soap dispenser..mag basket is very heavy rattan..
by keeping the walls almond to match the tile and sink..I can change the accessories whenever I decide to change the bed spread so that they will coordinate...
if I were you depending on where the bath is you might want to pick up a color from the next area....a bedroom, hall, whatever..so that it doesn't stick out and blends in....
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Hallway leading to this bathroom is "vanilla" with white trim.

The bedroom adjoining the bathroom is dark paneled walls. It's the only room besides the baths that we have not "decorated" in the 8+ years we've lived here.

Nothing to clash with, IMHO!
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