Am I about to make a terrible Bathroom Colour Mistake?

(16 Posts)
sophiedaal Thu 25-Jul-13 15:58:26

I've just redone the downstairs cloakroom. Before: serial-killer afterthought shower from hell; after: gleaming wetroom with big white tiled walls, ludicrously expensive nickel-plated Victorian shower fittings, and white octagon/black square floor tiles. I just need to choose a paint colour for the untiled walls/new storage cupboard.

The house is a late Georgian farmhouse, oak floors, lots of sage green walls with Timeless woodwork, so whereas normally I'd go for green, the place is starting to look like Robin Hood's clubhouse. I think the bathroom can take quite a bold Victorian colour, especially since half the room is white. It's smallish, north-facing but has good lighting - I've been looking at a rich deep blue, like DH Deep Ultramarine? Has anyone done a deep blue bathroom and regretted/loved it?

The image I've got in my head is one of those Victorian railway station powder rooms, with a big gilt-framed mirror over the sink, and gleaming white tiles, and a recycled luggage rack for towels.

Obvs there will be no nautique accessorising.

HumphreyCobbler Thu 25-Jul-13 16:01:14

I like the sound of it.

I also like the sound of your late Georgian farmhouse, frankly

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 25-Jul-13 16:02:42

I love that colour. What's the worst that could happen; you paint it, you hate it, you paint over it?

sophiedaal Thu 25-Jul-13 16:32:01

Thanks! You wouldn't at the moment, humphrey - it sounds nice, but it's in the middle of a painfully slow renovation, and I'm trying to distract myself from the astronomical cost of fixing the damp by staring at the Dulux Heritage paintcards. I've never done anything like this before, and the sheer number of different shades of pale cream to choose from is freaking me out. The fact that there are so many makes me wonder if I'm making a huge mistake by not painting everything eighteen shades of Old Knicker.

You're right - I should just paint it midnight blue and see what it's like. And if I hate it, paint it a different colour. It's not a big space. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

Are there any colours you've found work surprisingly well in bathrooms?

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Thu 25-Jul-13 16:41:38

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I think it sounds lovely. but I am the woman considering bright pink for the massive family bathroom. grin

Foxred10 Thu 25-Jul-13 19:39:48

Deep blue sounds amazing! I did my (tiny) kitchen in a Victorian flat deep midnight blue and I LOVED it, made me smile every time I went in there.... As long as its a warm blue it will look brilliant grin

oxcat1 Sat 27-Jul-13 13:51:53

I had a friend who had a dark, dark blue bathroom and it looked spectacular. Obviously lots of white porcelain, and then she had framed antique botanical prints. It looked amazing!

sophiedaal Sat 27-Jul-13 14:18:34

This is properly encouraging, thank you! More than half the room is white - tiles, on the walls and floor, and loo/basin - so I'm hoping a dark colour won't be overpowering. The builders have made a tongue-and-groove storage cupboard in the corner for ironing board, mop, etc, which I'd also paint dark blue, but with a lighter colour inside. Think it'll come down to getting the right kind of true deep midnight blue - I've tried some dark blues that have come out a bit royal blue, which isn't quite right.

Your bathroom sounds lovely.

To get a true midnight blue, you'll probably need a few coats or at least a dark undercoat and some "once" paint.

We painted DS2's bedroom a few years ago in a very dark blue (space theme)but I can't remember what make it was. I'll try and find out.

Another option would be a very deep burgundy / ox blood colour.

Foxred10 Sat 27-Jul-13 23:29:31

Maybe Try a tester of craig & rose 1829 'smalt' lovely deep blue, only needed two coats on top of white

I've now decided this is the colour for our downstairs loo. let me know how you get on and what colour you go for?

Partridge Mon 29-Jul-13 20:29:54

F and b Hague blue is amazing.

Crikeyblimey Mon 29-Jul-13 20:37:08

My dining room is Breton Blue and antique cream. I think the blue is Dulux??

It's a lovely rich warm flat blue that would look fab in a bathroom (looks pretty darn amazing in my dining room too!!)

sophiedaal Tue 30-Jul-13 09:05:17

Right, I've given the decorator the details for Dulux Heritage Deep Ultramarine, and did his, 'Bold choice but yes, I can see that' face, so fingers crossed. I will update...

justaweeone Tue 30-Jul-13 09:07:31

Hague blue is fab
Go for it!

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