Vintage green yellow bathroom?


I'm redoing my bath, vanity, sink lighting. Going to re-texture the bad job done before. The help I need is what color to tone down the tile? The pictures on the wall are my inspiration. I was thinking light but so hard to figure what shade against that green and too bright yellow. Then I thought maybe going dark? Its a SMALL bath, only 4 x 5 not counting the step in shower and it's in the master bedroom so no kiddy decor. Any ideas guys? Thanks so much!

q vintage green yellow bathroom
q vintage green yellow bathroom
q vintage green yellow bathroom
  25 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 05, 2021

    Here's a link that might guide you in your decision making on your bathroom:

  • William William on Oct 05, 2021

    Have you considered painting the tile?! You could also buy tile decals and randomly spread them out on the tile. Cool colors will tone down the tile. Blue, lavender in light tones. Neutrals like light grays, silver grays, Stay away from any shades of brown.

  • Betsy Betsy on Oct 05, 2021

    Hi Denise: A very pale yellow would be nice. I'd keep away from any greens, unless it was ultra light. Being a small room, I'd lean towards the lighter colours. Love those pictures :)

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 05, 2021

    What type of lighting do you presently have in the bathroom?

    Keeping in mind that incandescent casts a yellow hue, and fluorescent a greenish tone, I would advise to first update your lighting to LED, which is most clear, before you decide on any new paint colors. The pictures below are examples of how different types of light can change the perceived color of the paint on the walls and other surfaces in the room.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 08, 2021

      So nice to hear! Thank you for the feedback.🙂

      Yes, often folks go to the work of painting their walls, then replace the lighting afterwards, only to be faced with the wall paint looking like a different color.😟

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 05, 2021

    Hi Denise, you can paint the tile to alter the color, or there are companies that come out and spray it for you. Then you could go with a soft grey paint color

  • What about a pale gray? Here's a link with vintage yellow tile bathroom ideas. Congrats on having vintage bathroom tile!

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Oct 06, 2021

    Paint the walls the same color of the yellow tiles and just change the color of the green bullnose tile with paint or a waterproof covering. Or paint the wall to match the dark green tile. Water splashes are more noticeable on dark colors. the pictures are a great inspiration. You really have a lot of options so follow your instincts.

  • on Oct 06, 2021

    I actually think it looks cute! But I get it - if you don’t love it you want to fix it. You can’t go wrong with white. You could paint them or have them reglazed.

    • Denise Boyce Denise Boyce on Oct 08, 2021

      I love my vintage tile...the other bathroom is vintage pink tile. lol

      I wont paint it, just gonna figure it out.

  • Rymea Rymea on Oct 06, 2021

    The green border is too dark. You could paint it a lighter color, even lighter green would look better but white would be my choice.

    Pale blue, pale green, white or gray for the walls would all look good. Purple is the complimentary color for yellow. That means they make each other look brighter/more intense. So, keep that in mind if you decide on a wall paint with any lavender tones.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 06, 2021

    You could do the "sticker" tiles in combination with painting them. I recently saw a post where someone used Heirloom paint and the stickers turned on point for diamond shape. It was beautiful.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 06, 2021

    I would paint the tile. That color really dates the bathroom.

  • I suggest white shade of pale or light yellow.

  • Dee Dee on Oct 06, 2021

    I would go with a light lemon yellow or a light sage green. I would also get some orange or yellow towels as accents.

  • You could paint the tile but I’d advise doing everything else you can around it first with new bulbs and wall paint. If you find the right shade, you might find the tiles work. I’d try a deep jewel tone navy or midnight blue.

  • Em Em on Oct 07, 2021

    Dark paint makes a small room look smaller. I would go with ivory that has an undertone of yellow. Go get paint swatches and hold them up next to tile. The other option is paint the tile and paint the wall ANY color. Painting tile is not hard. There is special paint made just to do that.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 07, 2021

    if you paint the walls white you could use more color on the tile but if you paint the walls a color then you could use white or off white on the tiles to brighten up the room

  • Sharon Sharon on Oct 07, 2021

    Cream with a bit of yellow undertone.

  • PJ PJ on Oct 07, 2021

    I take your question a bit differently that others here. If I'm correct, you want to find a color for the walls that works with the tile you have. Personally, I wouldn't paint the tile. If it gets scuffed, scratched, or really dirty it could look worse. I love the pictures you're working with and think the whole thing will come together when you re-texture the walls and paint them a creamy color. You could bring other colors from those pics into the room with towels etc. This reminds me of my parents house from the 50's which isn't a bad thing. It has character. Good luck. I think it's going to look great.

    • Denise Boyce Denise Boyce on Oct 08, 2021

      Your on the button. I wont paint or get rid of the tiles. I just want to work them in the best possible way. I think my pictures will go great and are in the right direction. I've tried the light green color, it was too much but I think i'll go get a yellow creamy color like Sharon and you suggested. I love my vintage home, built in the 30's and this bath was added in the 50's

      Thank you so much!

  • Louise Louise on Oct 07, 2021

    I agree with pj....don't paint the tile. Play it up and have fun with it.

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Oct 07, 2021

    What about gluing bead-board to the tiles. You can pry off the soap & toothbrush holder. Construction glue will stick the bead-board to the tile. Use a simple 2x4 or some other trim piece on the wall above the green tile that the bead-board can butt up under. Then you can do what ever color combination you want. No more yellow/green problem.

    • Denise Boyce Denise Boyce on Oct 08, 2021

      love your suggestion, unfortunately my shower is the same tile and I have glass doors.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Oct 09, 2021

    You can paint over the tile to give it a totally new look if you like

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Oct 11, 2021

    There is white paint tile, keep the black tile and paint the yellow.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 12, 2021

    Hello, You want to alter the colour of the tile? You want to Colour the wall to help change the yellow look? You want to change the Picture? or all three?

    You could Re-tile the tiles or cover with Tile covers - many choices.

    Paint the walls a stronger colour Black, Olive Green Burnt Orange, Maroon? or even Wallpaper with Vinyl paper.

    Remove Picture and use Mirrors.

    Otherwise why not batten out the walls and cover in Vinyl Shiplap!

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Oct 12, 2021

    Why not do a floral wallpaper that incorporates your yellow and greens except for the shower -

  • Annie Annie 3 days ago

    How about picking up that really pale peach color from the flower? Paint the walls that color, or even get that color "half cut" for a paler look.