Ideas to Update your Almond Bathroom – Toilets, Tubs, Sinks and Surrounds


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…?”

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!!)

 update ideas for an almond or bone bathroom, tub, toilet and sink

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 as it will be a visual link between the pieces that ties them together.

Ideas to update a bathroom with almond or bone fixtures including tub, toilet and sink

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.

bathroom ideas to update an almond or bone fixtures including toilet, sink and tub surround

This countertop is another great example of a cream and white based counter that would help to modernize a bathroom with almond fixtures.

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.


The Toilet

Bathroom with travertine sink, almond toilet and almond tub. the tub and toilet are too close for them to be different colours
This almond toilet is right next to the almond tub, therefore it stays almond

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.

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.)



an almond toilet looks best on cream and white colour floor tiles
If you want to keep your toilet almond (because you have an almond tub/sink then consider flooring like this to lower the contrast and keep things flowing

Via Young House Love (love these guys!)

ideas to update a bathroom with almond fixtures using floor tile

All of the above tiles would work in a bathroom because their lightest colour is ‘cream’ (aka almond).

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 above).  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.

ideas to update a bathroom with bone almond fixtures including toilet, tub, surround and sink using travertine tile and neutral paint colours
This photo shows a great blend of affordable porcelain floor tiles and more expensive travertine tiles on the tub deck and surround. These tiles work great with the almond coloured toilet and tub

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.

travertine tile works well with almond bathroom fixtures
Travertine tile comes in a variety of sizes and is a natural stone so it needs to be sealed.

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.


Tub 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  – $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.

porcelain tile that helps to update and modernize almond or bone coloured bath tub, toilet or sinkThis affordable and neutral porcelain tile helps to update an almond tub while still adding modern value to the bathroom.


ideas and tiles to update an almond tub, toilet or sink in a bathroom that has bone fixtures

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.


ideas to update an almond bathroom using paint colour to modernize an almond or bone toilet, tub and sink

Via Red House Remodeling – nicely done!

In this bathroom you can see that the lovely use of tone-on-tone tan/cream products make the toilet and tub look like part of the master plan!


ideas on how to update bathroom with almond or bone fixtures, tub, toilet, sink

Via Susan Brook Interiors

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.


Shower Curtain.

a cream and white shower curtain will help to blend almond fixtures in a bathroom

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!


the best type of shower curtain to use in a bathroom with almond tub, toilet or sink


Paint Colours

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

I hope this info helped you figure out some great ideas for your Almond inspired bathroom, Chat soon!


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  1. April says

    I loved this article (and the paint color article as well)!! We just bought a house with almond fixtures and I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. We are going to refinish the tub because it is peeling and I’m debating on if I should go with almond or white.

    It really isn’t a terrible almond, it is very light (bone maybe?). We won’t have the budget to replace the sinks, toilet, and tile floor for about 5ish years. I’m trying to decide if it would look terrible to have a white tub and surround with other almond fixtures? What are your thoughts on this?

    • says

      Hi April! Hmmmmmmm, that’s a tough one….My worry is that if you do the tub white you will REALLY hate the toilet/sink/etc… as it could really make them show more than before.

      However, the problem is that in 5 years it is going to be a lot harder to get almond toilets/sinks – other than special order (Which is usually more expensive). Any really at that point I can’t see you really ‘wanting’ to buy another almond toilet!!!

      So, if it were me….I think I’d do a white tub. I would buy a shower curtain that had some ‘almond/cream’ in it as well as white to kind of ‘blend the 2 worlds’ – and then I’d just watch for a sale on toilets/sink 😉

      Does that help at all???????


  2. jen says

    I was so happy to find your site- I have a long, narrow kids bathroom with no window- I am putting frameless mirrored medicine cabinets above existing double sink plain cream corian vanity top with maple color wood base cabinet. and yes standard almond floor tile, one piece tub and toilet ugh. I thought the same thing to treat the almond as a color in the scheme- I was thinking to paint the bathroom cream so I could keep it open and bright (no windows) then add color with accents/décor – but I want alittle color ( not dark ) – I thought about a pale blue/ neutral color?

    • says

      Hi Jen, I think it’s a GREAT idea to look towards a pale blue colour (and I was thinking of doing that myself with my good ole Almond fixtures (argh…). Anyways…these are the ones I’d look at as there actually aren’t many that are ‘just right’…I also tweaked you to ones that have a spot of green in them as if they are ‘too blue’ it can look off in an almond bathroom with no natural light.

      1. Palladian Blue – but have it lightened by 1/2 as it’s a wee bit intense – totally the right ‘colour’ though. Ben Moore might not be able to lighten it for you, but if you take the colour chip to H.Depot you can get it done into a tester pot (CIL or Behr) to see what it looks like!

      2. Green Tint – Very lovely and a nice ‘tone’ too.

      3. Gray Wisp – definitely the ‘bluest’ of the bunch. Just a tiny smidge of green in it. This is another one that you might want to have lightned so that you get the ‘colour’ without the depth.

      Okay, I want you to look at those and tell me what you think. I know it’s only 3, but I’d rather give you 3 good ones than 4 terrible ones!

      Oh, of course your other choice is to go with something like ‘Cloud White’ and then accessorize with the blue/green colour with towels, detail on your shower curtain, artwork, vases, etc…


  3. Toni says

    What a great help you are! I have an almond countertop, and an ivory shower curtain that I like a lot. The floor, newish, is oversized tile that has a lot of “movement”–it’s brown, gray and cream, set on the diagonal, we like it a lot. I have my heart set on a gray paint but don’t know what color. The bath has no windows. Nickel fixtures. We can change the countertop but what color? And we’ve tried several samples of beige paint which is why I’m going the gray route–all the beige paint samples are too dark or too light. The gray mist looks a little too light, although I haven’t tried a sample yet. And if I did go with gray paint, what about accessories? Thanks a whole bunch!

    • says

      Oh Toni, I’m sorry to leave you waiting! My Decorating Business has been booming lately as has my Online Consulting, so between those 2 my time has been limited! I have your question in my roster, but can’t guarantee when I’ll be able to get to it. If you’d like answers sooner (like within 3 days) you’re welcome to check out my Online Consulting (your question would just be a 1 hr consult at $30). However, if you’re happy to wait I promise I will get to you eventually!!!!

      I’m sorry I can’t get to it right now!!!


  4. Karen says

    My master bathroom has a black marble floor, and the shower, sink, cabinet, counter and jacuzzi are all almond…ugh! And although I’m more comfortable with neutrals, I’m thinking I need another color to draw attention away from this almond colored nightmare.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


    • says

      Hi Karen! Quite often a nice deep red is a great accent colour for black and almond. Charcoal gray is also dynamic. Depending on the size of the space you could do 70% of your accent in Charcoal and then 30% in Red. If your homes more earth toned, you’ll want to tweak the red to be a deep rustish colour.
      I hope that helps, thank you for asking!

  5. Karen says

    Am so glad I found your info about almond (bone?) tubs and toilets! We are updating our small hall bathroom and I was considering a white vanity, because I want a casual look. How can I get a casual feel to this small bathroom with no windows and still use a darker-stained cherry or maple vanity? Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Karen, yes it is harder to get a casual look with a darker vanity in a bathroom like yours. You’d really need to make it a tone-on-tone palette and add some nice texture through baskets, shower curtain and a vase with some twigs in it perhaps. But really, a better bet is going with a white vanity OR….paint a vanity! You can choose any colour that you like this way (and it’s really not that difficult or expensive!).

      Hope that helps!


  6. Angela says

    I want to renovate the fixtures (tub, toilet, countertop and sink) in my main bathroom that are all almond (or bone depending on your point of view) and are all 80ish, but like a lot of people I don’t have a spare $5000-$6000. I have resigned myself to only the toilet, countertop and sink, as honestly there is nothing wrong with the tub. I am willing to keep the almond theme (especially since the tub isn’t going anywhere and is right next to the toilet), and I’m definitely not afraid of painting, plumbing (okay, so my husband isn’t afraid of the plumbing) or the shopping (I’m kinda looking forward to that part). Can you suggest some paint/decorating ideas for the vanity (wood and definitely 80s) and walls? The bathroom is small and money is DEFINITELY an issue, so reno’ing on the cheap is definitely in my budget (preferably $1000 or less).

  7. Barb says

    Kylie, Your articles were so helpful. Thank you for writing about almond fixtures. I am going paint shopping tomorrow! A few questions. My almond-fixtured bathroom is small, no window. It has a full size pasted mirror. I would like to get a new vanity top, quartz if I could find the right color, and a wood framed recessed medicine cabinet. Because of the size, is it okay to get rid of the large mirror for a smaller, wood framed medicine cabinet? Do you have a recommendation on Cambrian Quartz or Corian colors that you think work with almond? I like fabric and enjoy changing the shower curtain with the seasons. Is it better to go with a solid cream color shower curtain and get color from towels or work on the paint color and shower curtain together and try to find compliments?
    Thanks so much, Barb

  8. Tobi says

    Thank goodness for this! I have lovely Kohler tub and toilet (in almond) that I don’t want to replace but I HATE the almond. Plus the bathroom was pink with a pink ceiling when my husband and I moved in. It was heinous.
    We’re looking to update without breaking the bank. Thank-you for sharing your remodel!

  9. Eileen Karmali says

    Hello Kaylie

    Love your site

    I have a small bathroom with floor to ceiling wall to wall 4 x 6 tile with a hideous pink/peach flower.
    Fixtures are all almond … tub and tub surround (not tiled – one piece) toilet and sink. This is a very small room.

    The countertop is the Formica “wave” from 1980s its textured but the countertop is too small to really see the wave.
    But it has a pebbly not smooth finish.

    the mirror is wall-to-wall frameless but does not go to the ceiling
    The light future is a Chrome bar with globe light bulbs
    The floor has a blush pink 4 x 4 tile.
    The cabinet is a knotty yellowy pine …sigh!

    Short of a sledgehammer I cannot see any way around this other than with paint
    Have you ever painted wall tile?
    Floor tile?

    I’ve seen several sites with various products that people have used to paint floor tile and wall tile however, I’m afraid to pick the colours for this project and screwing it up – then I’m left my first option and a empty pocket book.

    The flooring in the adjacent bedroom is a chai latte laminate flooring …from Costco – it has a creamy/milky back ground with a light grey that highlights the grain. It’s a oak look flooring.
    This is in a log cabin house so the walls in the adjacent bedroom are a mixture of dry wall (interior walls and log for the exterior wall).

    I could go to the local tile shop and get some samples to see what might work and try to copy those colours but I’m a bit nervous of doing a blend or some sorts of faux travertine …

    Thoughts ?



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