Its funny you say white, arepo, because you're the second person to say that and I'm tempted to do that. Problem is, the room was white 15 years but just doesn't work. Maybe because the skylight adds too much blue?
Right now I'm leaning towards slate tiles and Perfect Beige from Sherwin Williams.
I have the same green tile minus the cute fish. I have white fixtures. After my run with floral wallpaper with a white background I agonized over the color for about a year. My floor was little tiles with avocado as the main color (really ugly). Due to budget constraints, I covered the tile with vinyl stick-on, I know it sounds crazy but it's been down for years and works. It's more white with a touch of gray, may a touch of taupe. Anyway, I decided to just go with the mint green and matched paint to it (I stole a little piece of tile from under the vanity). It gives me a nice clean palate to use other colors. I tried a beige and it just looked blah. And the tile, while it might work comes off with a pink tinge on my monitor. Google mint green tile or check out retrorenovation.com home of savethepinkbathrooms.com. Nearly drove me nuts. I'll see if I can post a pic....
Posts: 1913 | Location: Northern New Jersey | Registered: Mar 23, 2008
If you do not like the idea of white then consider an off white. Even though it is a subtle difference it may be just what you need. Off white complements well with light green tile because it creates a contrast. Beige or grey could work but the room will be washed out and not have much contrast.
Another option is to paint all of the walls an off white and save one of the walls for a different color like a slate grey. It will give a modern feel to the space and still create contrast.
I would not suggest a beige, grey, or greige for all the walls though because I think you will still have a feeling of being dissatisfied.
If it were my bathroom, I'd paint the walls the same shade as the red fish. I might, however, want to replace the fitures with white ones. one. I don't understand the post suggesting that baby boomers won't like the tile color. I'm a baby boomer born in 1948 and 50's and 60's retro is right up my alley.
Posts: 3195 | Location: Louisiana | Registered: Jan 15, 2011
Kudos to you for keeping the green tile and fish, Kswytak! I love colorful old 50's and 60's bathrooms (kitchens, too!), especially if everything's in good condition. And I think the paint color you chose looks lovely.
Posts: 1429 | Location: Minnesota | Registered: Nov 28, 2004
Almost there... I think it looked really blah before I added the color ($24 worth of towels, wash cloths and a mat from Walmart) but it seems to be pulling together, finally! I had no idea what a pain in the butt it would be to find a faucet that fits the retro sink.
Jaysmom49 The strange thing is that the bathroom feels more green now. Less is more?! I love your bath too, especially all the white towels and fixtures and it gave me second thoughts about going greige. In the end I'm not 100% happy with it, the homeowner hates it and thinks it looks dingy, wishes I did light green like yours. But the boring blah color accomplished my main goal: Make the tiles the focal point.
I love green and I never would have thought that boring walls would make it more green but somehow it does, go figure.
I think the original budget was around 3k and I kept it under 1k, most of that going to floor tiles $84 from Home Depot, tile install $200 and replacing 45 degree slant back sink faucet $250+. New knobs were $4.37 from Home Depot, Paint was $20 from OSH, Towels and Bath Mat $20 from Walmart. Most of the labor was provided by the homeowner.