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What color should I paint this bathroom?

I want to paint my old ceramic tile in my bathroom but I have no clue what colors to do it in. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

  • Kathy Lacy
    Kathy Lacy Indianapolis, IN
    on Jan 10, 2017

    Get paint that will adhere to linoleum and paint the floor a nice walnut brown. The buy paint that will adhere to the tile in a nice shade of any color you love. Lastly select paint for the wall paint in a color that is a shade or two lighter than your tile paint is. This will truly make it your bathroom by design!

    • Kathy Lacy
      Kathy Lacy Indianapolis, IN
      on Jan 14, 2017

      your welcome Laura beach wold be fun and you could use a shower curtain that is striped to look kind of like a sail on a sail boat!

    • Janet Pizaro
      Janet Pizaro Smithtown, NY
      on Jan 12, 2017

      you need to reply to the home talker who asked the question

  • D roach
    D roach United Kingdom
    on Jan 10, 2017

    you may find re-tiling over the old tiles better , as any tile paint I have seen starts to flake off and soon looks messy.

  • Carroll
    Carroll Washington, DC
    on Jan 10, 2017

    I would lay black and white tile on the floor. There are some stick and peel tiles that are easy to install. Paint only the brown on the tile wall. Paint it the same color as the walls try to match the paint and wall paint as close as you can. I like blue or green for a bathroom. Get a new set of towells, if you have a blank wall put a mirror on it. I have a large picture for each season that I put over the toilet. Also look for a small picture with colors of the bathroom "6"x" 4 " on the wall over the light switch leaver "1" space between switch and picture.
    . Hide the toilet brush. Shower curtain should be a soft muted color to match the walls paint. I also have string lights around my mrror over the sink which are pretty at night I removed the medicine cabinet and put a beautiful large mirror on it that I got on the Internet for $10. Bath mats match accordingly. Hope this helps.

  • Carroll
    Carroll Washington, DC
    on Jan 10, 2017

    PS. I have a small red frame over light switch that says "I love paris" a pop of color does not hurt as long as it is small.

    • Carroll
      Carroll Washington, DC
      on Jan 11, 2017

      You would have to ask at a flooring store what is best.

  • Gail Lozier
    Gail Lozier Little Compton, RI
    on Jan 10, 2017

    I think there is no bathroom that isn't best in all white. It's classic and clean- feeling, and elicits the spa feeling of calm and order.
    I think you'd have the most beautiful bathroom if you sprayed all your tile white, splurged on a white tile floor, (maybe penny or mosaics on sale at a large box store, or peel and stick white). Have the tub professionally sprayed if it gets use.
    Resist the temptation to accent anything with color. Buy all white towels at Costco in the thickest cotton you can afford. Hang a simple, heavy, absolutely clear shower curtain liner, which comes in very long lengths online, and buy the longest. Hang your rod close to the ceiling to make your room look larger and your shower more elegant.
    If you add a shelf, make it glass. Put a yummy WHITE scented candle on the shelf so you can bathe and breathe in the luxurious feeling of your new spa/bath.

  • Melissa V
    Melissa V Wyoming, MI
    on Jan 10, 2017

    In my opinion, you could spend time and money working on tile and paint, but if the tub is still 70's gold, it's all for naught. Either replace (it is stained) or get a professional to redo the color.
    Painting the wall tile when you've obviously got some water issues around the tub faucet tiles, it looks like you have bigger issues than your tile color (even tho' I have to agree, that is a LOT of pattern in that bathroom).
    For that closet, get some bifold doors, the curtain setup is not working for hiding anything.
    For flooring, find a neutral roll vinyl that you like and one sheet covers the floor, water resistant, not slippery and looks great. White or light neutral paint on the walls and the cabinet.
    I should look for our "before" pictures of our bathroom redo (blue/white 1" tile everywhere, including the shower and floors) and then show you now. How going with all neutrals, then changing it up with shower curtains, rugs and towels is all you need from then on. Keep us posted! Don't be afraid to ask more questions...

  • Laura Yanni-Brown
    Laura Yanni-Brown
    on Jan 11, 2017

    Thanks Melissa! I will definitely check out the neutral roll vinyl for sure. I would love to see your before and after pictures. And we did have some water issues but the tile hasn't been replaced since then. It's definitely a work in progress.

  • Laura Yanni-Brown
    Laura Yanni-Brown
    on Jan 11, 2017

    I can definitely picture that! And I love it! Thank you!

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery
    Sophia,M.,McConnery Canada
    on Jan 11, 2017

    Ask him his preference in colors.Go from there!

  • Diane Kirsch
    Diane Kirsch Milwaukee, WI
    on Jan 11, 2017

    white, white, white....you can then accent a different color at your whim, by changing out the shower curtain, rugs, etc... I usually change my color scheme about 3x a year... some months lavender, some months beige/black...etc.. Its fun to change things up when you have a clean, white pallette.... Have fun with your room!

  • Joanne Diamond
    Joanne Diamond Canada
    on Jan 12, 2017

    To successfully paint tile, after cleaning and a light scuffing, prime it with Inslx Stix primer, leaving that to set a minimum of 24 hours before painting. The proper primer is what ensures your paint won't peel.
    Since you have a gold tub and are looking to update your space, I suggest painting your walls grey. Gold and grey are very timeless.
    It would be very inexpensive to get vinyl click flooring (I suggest grey plank) to update your floors. You will be amazed at the transformation with just those two things changed.

  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Jan 12, 2017

    I would make the floor, tile and fixtures white. As others have said, you can add pops of colour through accessories and even the drywall if you want. There is always the risk that a coloured tile will go out of style. White stays in style and looks clean.

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Jan 12, 2017

    i don't find your tile offensive at all! The strip of brown looks just fine, however, if you can afford it, I'd change the flooring to a neutral and have the tub re-covered. Hang a very full semi-sheer (fabric) shower curtain (or cream depending on your flooring) then hang a plastic liner. Make sure you mount it as high as possible. I agree with some others that suggest an all white bathroom; creamy whites are nice too as they'd blend with the brown-ish strip of tile. I'd introduce some medium brown towels combined with soft blue ones - mix and match. However, make sure any touches of color you add blend with the adjacent hallway and other rooms.

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Jan 12, 2017

    PS: ... sorry ... I didn't see the other photos! Naturally, if you have water problems, they need to be dealt with first. I can't see if you have a medicine cabinet or not. If you do, can it be removed and just hang a large framed mirror in its place and store the medicine items in a linen closet? Get rid of any excess "do-dads" so the room is as clean and spa looking as possible, store the toilet brush under the sink if you have room, and only decide on wall paint when you are done and have a clearer vision of the room. Don't follow any trendy colors (or trendy accessories!) as they date a room very quickly!!

  • Karensmith531
    Karensmith531
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Years ago my bath had yellow tile and accents of black fish. I painted those black fish tiles white, and put a flower or something on them. Much better

    Now you you can get Decoart chalk paint for glass. I'd clean that tile and paint only that accent stripe a neutral color. Try not to paint the grout, you can tape them off.

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Jan 13, 2017

    You're very welcome, Laura, and good luck with whatever you decide on! There are some AMAZING sheet vinyls out there now that are stunning that I'm sure can be laid over your existing floor IF you change the floor. Sometimes, just making a few "cosmetic" changes is enough; just take your time at it. Go on Houzz and type in something like "small bathrooms" or "white bathrooms" ... things like that, then you will see lots of inspiration.

    • B. Enne
      B. Enne Canada
      on Jan 13, 2017

      You can often find remnants of sheet vinyl dirt cheap.

  • Mormorjanne
    Mormorjanne
    on Jan 13, 2017

    White

  • Laura Yanni-Brown
    Laura Yanni-Brown
    on Jan 13, 2017

  • Gail Lozier
    Gail Lozier Little Compton, RI
    on Jan 13, 2017

    If you go with the all white bathroom, be sure to paint your vanity white using chalk paint. You can spray paint (silver or bronze/black) your faucets, escutcheons, mixer, etc. so they all match. To do that, remove all and use the kind of Rustoleum spray paint (in silver) that is made to adhere to metal or plastic.
    Both of these easy "do it yourself" projects produce great results because of technological improvements in the products designed to accomplish the results. There are easy tutorials online for using Annie Sloan chalk paints to transform your vanity, and other tutorials for spraying your bathroom faucets.
    If your budget is small, you can easily make your own chalk paint, instructions and recipe readily available online. If you can spring for Annie Sloan, it's very high quality with little to no prep work.
    If you're not loving the all white spa ideal, go for painting your trim tiles a color, and go one shade lighter in the same color on your walls above the tile. You should still do a white tile floor and have your tub professionally sprayed white. Still paint your vanity white with chalk paint. Vanity hardware should match that in the rest of the room in color. In this case it is especially important to keep your shower curtain clear or white, with my preference clear. Remember to hang the rod close to the ceiling! And no rugs on the white tiled floor when you're not showering! Your bathroom will look twice as big as it looks now.

  • Gail Lozier
    Gail Lozier Little Compton, RI
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Oh, and if that toilet is beige (It looks white to me), spray it white with the tub or change it out for a white one.

    • B. Enne
      B. Enne Canada
      on Jan 13, 2017

      You can spray paint a toilet? I thought it wouldn't adhere due to standing water in the bowl, and possible condensation on the tank.

  • Baracostin42
    Baracostin42
    on Jan 13, 2017

    All the suggestions that I've read sound good, but, until you address the leaking problem (obvious from the displaced tiles around faucet for bathtub), it will not be a lasting fix. If you're keeping the tile floor, keep the tile accent on the walls also. If the background in your accent tile is white, then go with white. If it's cream, go with cream. I think the floor is too busy for such a small space. There are lots of easy and inexpensive fixes when it comes to flooring for bathrooms. Many can be installed directly over the existing floor and are water repellent. I would love to see the end product.




    • Baracostin42
      Baracostin42
      on Jan 14, 2017

      The tiles at the faucet are damaged because the surface that they are adhered to has swollen due to water invading it (the leaking problem is behind the wall). You can salvage the tiles but the cement board behind those tiles needs to be replaced (that's what's causing the bulging). Hopefully, no mildew has developed because this is the perfect environment for that to occur. You would need to remove the tiles in that general area, locate the wall studs, cut that area out, and replace with new cement board. This also gives you access to the original problem, the leaky faucet. Remove and replace it, being sure it's done correctly. I know this is not a quick fix but if this particular problem isn't repaired, it will be like placing a band aid over an open wound. Excuse the dramatics. Clean up the original tiles and re-tile over new cement board.

  • Elaine
    Elaine Canada
    on Jan 13, 2017

    You're absolutely right, B. Enne! Alexanian's has some great remnants all the time! I never shop anywhere else for flooring and other home items!

  • Mechcraft5
    Mechcraft5 Portland, OR
    on Jan 13, 2017

    Paint the walls in a soft gray to add a color to the palette you have and change the look. Also you can brighten up the tub and tile with bartenders friend it works well on cleaning them up and making them sparkle. https://www.barkeepersfriend.com/where-to-buy/

  • Laura Yanni-Brown
    Laura Yanni-Brown
    on Jan 14, 2017

    I do swear by the bartenders friend! It's good stuff.

  • V Smith
    V Smith Albrightsville, PA
    on Jan 14, 2017

    If you are going to paint the tile paint it white, that way it will still look like tile. If you use a color and paint over the grout it will always look like a cover-up.

  • Eroque022810
    Eroque022810
    on Jan 14, 2017

    I understand that you want to paint it all but you really need to gut that bathroom and start fresh because it is bathroom and unless you're moving and just trying to brighten thats one thing but otherwise if this will b home for years to come do it correct or you will end up spending more as you go little by little. Then you can get rid of tub and everything that is so out of style. I'm sorry but just my opinion because I don't want to spend more in the long run. And not sure if that paint will hold up in a humid room and from style of those tiles you need to make sure that the ceiling fan is clean in the to the outside. Good luck with your decision but remember do you want this or need to do it? Wait if you can.😕

  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley Nokomis, FL
    on Jan 14, 2017

    Painting a toilet is a first for me. Better check with the professionals on that one. But, yes, you can paint tiles and tub. A light color can always be complemented with a pop of color with accessories. Best of luck.

  • Lindcurt
    Lindcurt Newton, KS
    on Jan 21, 2017

    It is the flooring and coordinating trim that is dating the bathroom. Get rid of it and install a more neutral color vinyl. It is too expensive to replace a bathtub even if it is and outdated color. Do look at shades of grey. Most cannot imagine it but grey with yellow is very classy. Go to a thrift store and buy a gray bed sheet, spread it out on the floor to get the picture. Paint or replace only the accent tile on the wall until you are ready to redo the shower completely. Spend your money on one thing that is a permanent fix. You will eventually have to do it anyway. This way the redo is done in stages.

  • Lindcurt
    Lindcurt Newton, KS
    on Jan 21, 2017

    My husband suggests duct tape to cover the accent tile in the shower. The good thing about advice is that you can take it or leave it.

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