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.” In our last home, we had a bathroom with bone coloured fixtures and when we redecorated, the budget did not allow for updating it with white. However, our budget DID allow for 2 bottles of wine 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 a blend of white/cream/beige/almond (basically some kind of tone-on-tone blend). 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 cream, beige and off-white in it – making it a great ‘go-between’ for the almond toilet and tub and the white sink.
You shouldn’t do a white sink and almond toilet if…
- You don’t plan on updating your countertop and it isn’t cream/white. A countertop that isn’t a cream/beige/white blend might just accent the difference between the colour of the toilet (almond) and the colour of the new sink (white)
- 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…)
Why? 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. If they are directly next to each other it will be clear as day that they are different. This will only ACCENT your almond tub and make it look dirty compared to the toilet (which seems very hypocritical of the toilet.)
The exception: Hang a shower curtain that is closed all of the time and hanging on the outside of the tub, rather than the inside.
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 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.
If you’re looking for a quick pick, travertine tile (or the look-alike porcelain) is hands-down the best tile to update a bathroom with almond fixtures.
This silver travertine is a great way to lean toward the gray side of the palette, while still hitting the needs of your fixtures. Most travertines have warmer, creamier colours which are well-suited to almond.
- Walnut Travertine 2. Rustica Subway Glacier 3. Travisano Bernini 4. Cresta White 5. Mare Café 6. Meier Park Silver Strand
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.
What about my almond tub/shower surround?
If you have an almond or bone coloured 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 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 wine – WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!?
However, things add up FAST when you’re updating/renovating, so if you’d rather keep your budget at a dull roar, check out these photos…
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.
A modern look
- 4×12 or larger tiles. Lay in the standard layout
Traditional subway tile look
- 3×6 or 4×12 tiles. Lay in a staggered/brick pattern
- Large, 12×24 tiles (less grout to maintain/clean)
A few more tips…
- Don’t do a white shower curtain. Follow the same guidelines for tile – layered neutrals is the way to go! 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!
- Do a tile baseboard instead of traditional molding. This way you can eliminate another white product that could enhance your almond fixtures
- Any metal finish suits almond fixtures – EXCEPT BRASS. However, you will find that polished nickel/chrome are the lowest contrast, whereas black or oil rubbed bronze will contrast/pop
The Best Paint Colours
To check it out, just click here…The Best Paint Colours for an Almond Bathroom
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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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