Post Gist: What to do with Almond Bathroom Fixtures (tub/surround/sink/toilet) to make them work in your space – on a budget.
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…?”
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 it’s 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.
Lucky for me (and you!) I’m an Interior Designer so I’m able to come up with some solutions for you to check out…(and if you haven’t checked out The Best Paint Colours for an Almond Bathroom then do so when you’re done this one!!)
The Sink and Countertop
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 as it will be a visual link between the pieces that ties them together.
The only time you can’t have a white sink is when your bathroom has only a toilet and sink in it. Chances are this is an itty bitty bathroom and therefore the space is too small to have different coloured fixtures in it without other things (like tubs and all that jazz) to distract from it.
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 a few feet away, separated by the vanity or on the opposite side of the room – it just cannot be directly beside it.
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.)
Avoid the use of a dominant white in your flooring. Try to find a tile or linoleum that is a 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. The cream in the tile will blend in with your tub when they meet at the base which will help the tub tie into the colour scheme of your bathroom. 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.
The only exception to this rule is Travertine tile. Travertine is such a lovely blend of whites, creams, beiges, etc… that it does quite well when placed next to almond bathroom fixtures.
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 – $269 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. It costs $269 and then you just need to factor in the cost of removing your old tub/installing the new one. The only thing it lacks is a drink holder for your glass of Baileys – quite unfortunate.
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. 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 is a great solution for tub surrounds. Just keep in mind that it’s usually more expensive to purchase (approx. $5 sq ft) and also needs to be maintained with sealant.
Do not use a white shower curtain or liner. Choose one that is cream or has a pattern on it that suits the rest of your space – it’s that easy!
Paint colours is so in-depth that I made it an article all on it’s own! To check it out, just click here…The Best Paint Colours for an Almond Bathroom
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