Budget Friendly Ideas to Update a Bathroom With Almond or Bone Fixtures
I’ve come across many almond tub surrounds in my day-to-day work and the 1st question I get asked is “I can’t afford to replace it, but how can I possibly make it look good…?”
And for those of you with an almond bathroom, let me just say this…”I feel your pain.” I too, have an almond tub in my home and when we redecorated the bathroom our budget did not allow for its replacement (which can cost between $1000-$3000). However our budget DID allow for 2 bottles of Bailey’s which helped me come to terms with the fact that we couldn’t afford to replace it.
So I’ve come up with a list of the most common questions related to almond/bone bathroom fixtures with some straight-forward answers to help you update and modernize your space!
(and if you haven’t checked out The Best Paint Colours for an Almond Bathroom then do so when you’re done this one!)
Can I have a white sink if my toilet and tub are almond?
If you have an almond tub, surround and/or toilet you can have a white sink. BUT (and this is like a Kardashian sized but…) your countertop has to have the almond and white in it (tone on tone blend) or be a steady and consistent cream colour. The goal is to have your countertop act as a ‘go between’ between your white sink and almond fixtures.
This countertop is a manufactured marble that has a blend of creams and white in it – making it a great ‘go-between’ for the almond toilet and tub and the white sink.
This countertop is another great example of a cream and white based counter that would help to modernize a bathroom with almond fixtures.
You can’t have a white sink and almond toilet if…
- You don’t plan on updating your countertop and its isn’t cream/white. A different coloured countertop can act independent of the colour of the toilet (almond) and the colour of the sink (white) and may only accent the difference between the 2.
- If your bathroom has only a toilet and sink in it. Chances are this is an itty bitty bathroom/powder room and therefor, the space is too small to have the toilet/sink different colours from each other.
Can I have a white toilet with an almond tub/shower?
If you are replacing your toilet YES you can have a white toilet AS LONG AS it is not DIRECTLY next to your tub (as in between 12-24″). It can be 3 or more feet away, separated by the vanity or on the opposite side of the room – you just can’t have a white toilet right next to an almond tub/shower (says me…)
This is because when your eye roams around the room there needs to be enough distance between the 2 so that they are not in the same visual sight line as this will only accent your almond tub and make it look dirty compared to the toilet (which seems very hypocritical of the toilet.)
What colour flooring suits almond or bone bathroom fixtures?
Avoid the use of a dominant white in your flooring. Try to find a tile or linoleum that is either a mix of creams (which can include a bit of white) or a tile with other colours in it and a dominant cream coming through (as shown in collage below). A tile with cream in it will blend in with your tub/toilet when they meet which will help the tie the almond colour into the palette of your bathroom.
Via Young House Love (love these guys!)
All of the above tiles would work in a bathroom because their lightest colour is ‘cream’ (aka almond).
While you can get away with a touch of white (mixed with cream) in your flooring, TOO much white will contrast directly with your tub when they meet at the base and will only serve to accent the “almond-allure” of it.
In particular, Travertine is a natural stone that is a blend of whites, creams, beiges. It looks great with almond or bone fixtures..
What about my Almond Tub/Shower Surround
If you have an almond tub with a tile surround and are wanting to retile, firstly, I will say that if you are going to the effort of re-tiling (which almost always involves re-drywalling) then you should spend the extra moula and get a white tub. Home Depot has a great in-stock tub called Mirolin/Sydney – $299 and it is designed to fit in where your old 5′ tub was (common from the 1960’s-1990’s). It is way deeper than the old standards and has nice sloping on the inside for your arms to rest.
The only thing it lacks is a drink holder for your glass of Baileys – quite unfortunate.
However, things add up FAST when you’re updating/renovating, so if you’d rather play it safe then check out the following…
This affordable and neutral porcelain tile helps to update an almond tub while still adding modern value to the bathroom. Just like the flooring, choose a tile that is cream or a cream with white accents.
These almond / bone coloured subway style tiles are a great way to modernize an almond tub as they are a few tones darker than almond and add some visual depth to the space.
So, back to my point about the tub surround…If you decide not to get a new tub then you should choose a tile surround that has cream in it that coordinates with your flooring and your countertop (as discussed under ‘Flooring’) Again, the cream is what will help your almond tub blend in to the overall colour scheme. DO NOT choose a tile that is predominantly white.
Travertine tile (or porcelain tile that looks like travertine) is a great solution for tub surrounds as it helps to modernize and neutralize.
What about the Shower Curtain – should it be white?
Do not use a white shower curtain or liner. Again, a large expanse of white will accent the almond/bone colour of your tub and make it look murky/dirty in comparison. Choose one that is cream or has a pattern on it that suits the rest of your space – it’s that easy!
The Best Paint Colours
To check it out, just click here…The Best Paint Colours for an Almond Bathroom
I hope this info helped you figure out some great ideas for your Almond inspired bathroom, Chat soon!
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Kylie M Interiors Affordable Interior Decorating, Interior Design Ideas and Online Color Consulting / E-Design, based in Nanaimo B.C.
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