6 Beautiful Paint Colours to Update an Almond Tub, Toilet or Sink
Partner post: Ideas to Update an Almond Bathroom
Almond bathrooms can be buuuutt-ugly.
And yes, I can say that to you without worrying about insulting you and your butt-ugly almond bathroom. Why? Because I…have (had) a butt-ugly almond bathroom. But I will also clarify that not ALL of them are really that bad, but there are some…whoa.
So, I’m obviously not talking about the type of almond that is tasty, good in cookies and full of protein. I’m talking about tubs, toilets, sinks and shower surrounds that are clad in a murky off-white colour that we like to call almond.
Paint and colour are the easiest and most affordable ways to transform any space in your home, so of course, we want to look at these things before we make any costly changes involving new bathroom fixtures. So read on my almond-challenged friend!
First off, let’s call it like it is…and ‘it’ is a light beige
You have to start treating almond as a colour – rather than a ‘thing’. In my work as an Online Color Consultant I often hear, ‘…my almond tub, my bone coloured sink…’ but when you think of it, what exactly is almond? Well, almond is a light beige. And that’s why it’s so darned awkward! If it were a normal beige or tan, it would be dark enough to accommodate almost any colour (I mean, what doesn’t go with tan, right?)
However, because it’s a light tan it can look dirty and dated when placed with the wrong colours. So, once you start treating ‘almond’ like a colour, you can incorporate it into a colour scheme that complements it – rather than fights with it.
6 Paint Colours that Work Well With Almond / Bone Bathroom Fixtures
Remember, there are other things to consider in your bathroom, such as your countertop, flooring, exposure and of course, your PERSONAL taste! Be sure that the colour you choose satisfies as many of those as possible!
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Kingsport Gray is a subtle mix of gray and brown – leaving it still in the ‘neutral’ zone, but on the cooler side, rather than the warmer side of things. Like Davenport Tan, Kingsport Gray is a great ‘tone’ for a bathroom as it is not too heavy.
While the above photo doesn’t have almond fixtures, you can see how nice it could look as the countertop has some of those warm tones in it.
Sherwin Williams Mega Greige SW 7031
Mega Greige is a beautiful greige. It is a soft medium toned colour that sits well in a room, with some body to it and is great for a vanity.
Smoked Oyster is a beautiful blend of purple and a warm gray/greige – a fab colour for some personality! It would be particularly beautiful with travertine.
Creamy is definitely one of my fave off-white colours and it hits just about the right note with almond. Now, remember, your almond WILL be a stronger colour than the walls, not by tons, but certainly by some. However, it is a pretty and fresh combo.
Read more: Colour Review Sherwin Williams Creamy
Revere Pewter is another interesting choice for an almond bathroom. If you’re going for a more beachy theme, this soft gray and its subtle greenish undertones can be enhanced with white towels and bluey/green accents. If you find that your almond fixtures are a wink on the yellow/tan side, this might not work as well.
Above, you can see a Kingsport Gray vanity with BM Revere Pewter walls. Now Revere CAN sometimes be a wink muddy/green for some almond fixtures. You can see how they relate here when you look at the shower surround in the mirror. Remember, I rely 100% on photos from my Edesign clients, so I do what I can!
Read more: Colour Review Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Magnetic Gray is a soft light/medium gray with a decent blue/green undertone. A nice, slightly heavier, spa vibe.
And yes, a lot of people say ‘won’t a dark colour make my small bathroom look even smaller?’ Yup, it will. But personally, I’d rather have a bathroom that is small with personality than a bathroom that is white and boring with an ‘almond tub’ as the feature – and still small. I’m just sayin’…
A Few Points to Ponder on Paint Colour…
If you are looking for drama, warmth, interest and personality, then you can paint your walls a darker colour. However, if you don’t have a great ventilation system (common in homes with almond fixtures) you have to remember that those dark walls will really show the drips after a hot shower
If you do decide to paint your walls chocolate brown, then you will want to use a Kitchen and Bath sheen (which usually sits between eggshell and semi-gloss on the sheen scale). This will leave the walls wipeable, but not overly shiny – as shiny walls are generally pretty tacky. Learn more about paint finishes here
If you decide to go for a lighter colour on your walls then you can use chocolate brown for things like the vanity (dark wood), towels, accent tiles, artwork and accessories – just make sure it’s dominant (that another accent colour doesn’t overpower it). Read this post here for more décor ideas… More Ways to Update an Almond Bathroom
- Cream will give you a lighter and brighter look and allow you the opportunity to accent with browns, blacks and rich tones and colours. However, with varying shades of almond/bone out there, it can be tricky to find the one that works just right (not all bones were created equal…wink wink). See some beautiful cream paint colours here
- Cream is more forgiving for walls that tend to drip with moisture (that stays there) after a hot shower…
Paint Colours that DO NOT Work with Almond Fixtures
White or off-white walls will only accent the almond-nessity of your tub and white will make the almond look dirty.
Pink, rose, peach
Any version, whether it’s light, medium or dark will look terrible with almond.
Almost any colour that is ‘lighter’ than the almond colour
Other than a small range of creams, most colours in that range will make almond look dirtier than it is.
Blue and green
These colours can be touch and go in a bathroom. While you can humour some blue/grays or green/grays you want to be careful that you aren’t contrasting too much with the warm tones of your almond fixtures.
And if you haven’t checked out my post on what to do with almond fixtures with regards to matching toilets to tubs and sinks to showers – then you need to right away!!!
So hopefully you’ve got a handle on colours that will embrace your inner almond.
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