Desperately need to choose bathroom color to go with Aqua tile?

17 April, 2016
My main floor bathroom has a total identity crisis. Due to it being a windowless bathroom we chose a light blue (almost aqua) crackle wall tile and floor tile is white marble basketweave tile. The original gray glass subway tile looked green and we changed it on a whim to the blue. Now the half wall (which Is way too wide and high) stands out and I think we should've done 1/8 grout lines since the tile looks too modern. Do I try to match the paint to the wall tile or do a completely different color? I had wanted to do wainscoting to break it up but thought it really would give it an identity crisis and accentuate the half (prison wall) even more?

Comments (8)

  • PRO
    Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID

    With no windows, your room would look nice with walls painted the same white as the marble flooring. Use white towels also.

  • Rachel
    Well that's another issue too since it is white thassos marble with gray/blue dots. I think decorators white is best matched but might really make space look too stark.
  • emmarene9

    Your tile looks brown to me.

  • PRO
    Studio M Designs

    I would suggest to choose something lighter than the tiles for the walls. Do not match it..especially since there is no natural light coming in.

    Try Snowbound , Moderne White or Fluer de Sel from Sherwin Williams. It will complement the blue tiles really well.

    Make sure to buy samples and paint a good 2 coat patch of 2'x2' on the wall and see how you feel about it before painting all the walls.

  • Rachel
    Thank you for the recommendations I will definitely try and get to a sherwin Williams. I was hoping for Benjamin Moore colors since I've been using it throughout the house.

    It could be my lighting but even without it my house turns everything muddy or green. Attached is the pic of tile.

    Would a chair rail work in this space (slightly darker on top and white on bottom) or would it just not look right?
  • PRO
    Cancork Floor Inc.

    Stay as white as possible. The marble may have flecks in it...but it will READ white (the way the eye makes it look "x" even though it is technically "y"). Because you have PLENTY going on here, you do NOT want to add yet another texture. Stay away from wainscotting. It will add a 4th design element in a space that has a hard time handling 2 let alone the 3rd element (the brown cabinet).

    You have 3 elements already (blue tile, basket weave tile and a brown vanity = 3 design elements). I'm not sure what the counter top will be...hopefully something simple or something that ties in with one of the 3.

    Remember the K.I.S.S. rule: Keep it Simple Sally. Three design elements are the limit for DIY designers. Trained Kitchen/Bath designers can do more...but they are HIGHLY trained in design and have a wealth of knowledge about how to bring in more features into a space without creating an identity crisis...as you so put it.

  • Rachel
    Thank you for your helpful replies. I always try and go for simple but between architect, contractor and husband, I feel like my voice gets list. But I can only blame myself trying to put in "pretty elements" to offset and soften a block space. I guess I should eliminate the hanging pendants lol
  • Rachel
    Sorry for the multiple replies ...but are there any recommended Benjamin Moore whites? Would anything creamy work to warm up the space?

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