Color/decorating ideas

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Current dilemma as to what color to incorporate in bathroom. Have huge walk-in shower that has a travertine looking tile and small 2" x 3" bronze accent tiles. Cabinets are white, large mirror has white frame, fixtures are chrome, floor is same tile as in shower. Adjoining bedroom is sage. Was thinking about using black and some gold accents...but can I do that with the chrome fixtures?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 28, 2016
    In my opinion I would select a light color our of your tile.Get a few samples and decide what color works with the lighting and size of the room. As far as the fixtures go, they can be painted. My theory is go with color in accessories(towels,carpets etc) as colors change with the seasons and you will not be limited.
  • Barb Barb on Jun 29, 2016
    Paint the chrome fixtures bronze.
  • Amy Rohde Amy Rohde on Jun 29, 2016
    I would love to see a picture(s). Did I somehow miss it? I think almost every room benefits from a touch of black - somewhere. The one thing I don't like to mix is metals.. like if there are bronze accents, I personally would want the fixtures to also be bronze. You can definitely paint fixtures like towel racks, toilet paper, etc. Just be sure to use a primer and proper paint and you may want to seal it, depending on the paint you use. There are many types of bronze spray paints that would work well.
  • Lynn Palmatier Lynn Palmatier on Jun 29, 2016
    Can you change out your fixtures? The Bronze fixtures would really look good with the travertine(If you paint them make sure the bronze paint can be around water. You could paint with fixture change in the future. I would use your sage green from the bedroom in a shade or two darker. A lot depends on the amount of light the bathroom has. The darker color sage will make the tile and fixtures pop. Towels can be your black accents along with the bronzed fixtures. Plan it out if funds are a concern. Get it painted. Then you work on the fixtures. If you are considering black for the walls, I assume your room may have a lot of light, but using the black make make the room look smaller. Go to Home Depot or Lowes and use their computers to see the affects of the colors you are looking to do. Doesn't matter if they don't have a bathroom option, just use what they have as an option to see the colors you like. You could also go to a darker shade of the tile and use the sage for the towels and stuff. I'm a floral designer and I always consider beige, greys and certain greens as neutral colors because in nature you see those colors. Those are the colors that you can put almost any other color with. I used to work in a Major home store and helped many to pick out towels and colors to go with whatever they were trying to match. I also suggest a little note book/bag with color samples that you take around with you when shopping around. Have fun choosing...
  • Kari Newcomer Kari Newcomer on Jun 29, 2016
    thanks for the response... this is a new build so hate to be pulling fixtures at this point... Made too many hasty decisions. will get some pix when we are there.
    • Lynn Palmatier Lynn Palmatier on Jun 30, 2016
      then I would suggest that you lean to the greys or beiges(pick a color from your accent tiles) with some of your sage shades as accent towels etc. The tile will be a big key. If you get samples(big ones) that you can tape next to the tile. Greys or browns will look good with chrome are in a mono color and the greens will go very well.
  • GardenKy GardenKy on Jun 29, 2016
    Here is what I do when I face this sort of decision. We recently built our home 7 years ago so I can definitely relate to the overload of decisions that need to be made in rapid succession at a certain time. Gather together a pure white sheet that matches your cabinet, a sample of your tile that has the representative tile colors used in the various areas (travertine style/bronze, any other tiles), something chrome, the room's paint color and something sage color that matches your adjacent room. The room color and the adjacent sage could be a small sample boards painted with some of the remaining paint. Take a shallow box like one you find in a greenhouse when you are plant shopping and cover it with the sheet so that the sheet is centered over the box. Take the items you gathered above and arrange them so you can see each one and so they are, by themselves, pleasing to your eye. You are creating the beginning of your color story for your situation. ;o) Fold the extra sheet material around your items and head out to your local fabric store. When you get to the store, sit your box up in the child seat area and make sure to tuck any other extra items like your wallet, purse, cold drink, phone, etc. under the box so that their colors to do not influence your visual palette. Wander the store until you find a few fabrics that really grab you visually- maybe 3 or 4. Make sure the samples you find visually coordinate with your box of items. You can tell immediately by a glance at the box and then to the fabric. Back and forth a couple of times and you will have a physical reaction to know if it is right or not. Trust your visual sense and resist the urge to overthink it. Pile the fabric bolts into your cart and seek out a spot in the store that you can sit your box down with some room to spread out your white sheet as big as you can. What you are doing is creating a clean visual palette to introduce your fabric choices against. Before you do anything, step back and just take a moment to visually absorb your base components of existing colors. One at a time, introduce your fabrics and allow yourself to feel what sense comes over you when you gaze upon the "whole" picture. It will evoke an emotional response. Go through your choices until you find your favorite. Many times it will be very obvious. This will guide you to your enhanced color story. This can be used as your springboard for completing your bath with color choices that will flow and give you a cohesive unity in the pairings you choose. Purchase a 1/4 or 1/2 yard as an inspirational fabric or maybe consider buying a piece to fashion a curtain if you should so choose. Best of luck. I hope this method helps you with your dilemma. -KMDJ
    • Kari Newcomer Kari Newcomer on Jun 29, 2016
      The problem is there isn't a lot of wallspace. I really need to get some pix posted.. I do like your idea, however. This is our 'get away' place, but eventually our retirement home so I'm not in a big hurry. Everything else has come together quite nicely -it's just the master bath that has me perplexed! When I have my phone, will get some pix on here.. Again, txs for the great idea!
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Jun 29, 2016
    I personally wouldn't start painting your brand new fixtures. Start with some accessory changes first. As you stated, this isn't your primary residence. Maybe try living with the choices you just made and see how things work first. In the grand scheme, you don't need to let the chrome fixtures rule and determine the rest of the decor. Consider the beautiful tile the main attraction and enjoy your oasis!
  • Suzanne Suzanne on Jun 29, 2016
    I have seen many sage and brown towels. Both colors should go good with travertine and bronze accent tiles and go with the bedroom. Bronze or brown wicker accessories would compliment everything.
  • Linda Johnson Linda Johnson on Jun 30, 2016
    You can pick up paint sample chips at your local hardware store that match the various items in your bathroom and make a visual "story board." Many times they have color combination ideas, too. They may give you some ideas, too.
  • Jane Harriss Naus Jane Harriss Naus on Jul 10, 2016
    I LOVE your neutrals - great for future needs!!! Chrome is classic & works well with mixed metals, glass or mercury glass accents - which would definitely add some "flash" - reflect light & still be neutral. But you need COLOR! So, do you have a window? If so, pick a printed fabric with COLOR & use it on your window - maybe a roman shade or just a simple window topper? Then, from your fabric, choose your paint color - a lighter shade or two & get samples to paint on your wall - just to see what you like & ck it in all lights - day, night, with & without your lights on in there. From there, new towels & maybe a piece of art? Color is key & can make your bathroom REALLY BECOME YOURS! Have fun with it! Paint is cheap - if you don't like it, you can change it...