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Paint colour for small downstairs toilet no windows?

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Exceptionalroar Thu 07-Nov-13 14:28:27

We're repainting our tiny toilet which has no windows. Grey floor tiles. No window. White pipes. White sink and toilet.

What should I go for? Bold, jewel colour or pale, like lilac? Want it to be fun but not make space smaller or annoying!


dovaffanculo Thu 07-Nov-13 14:30:14

Pale as possible. Jazz it up with accessories -towels/wall art etc.

happybubblebrain Thu 07-Nov-13 14:32:25

What is your favourite colour? Pick that.

Usually deaper colours will make a space looker smaller, but it's a tiny space that you probably won't spend too much of the day in, so a splash of colour won't hurt.

MyBoilsAreFab Thu 07-Nov-13 14:37:04

You could go for pale, or really dark and cosy. I think a small toilet is a great place to do something really different, such as putting up a statement wallpaper like or or you could do pale blue like F & B Borrowed Light with white mirror/accessories for a beachy look, or very dark like F & B Downpipe (dark grey) with black , gold or jewel colours for a baroque look. What about using it as a gallery for lots of family photos? or paper it with superhero comics/sheet music etc?

PortBlacksaandResident Thu 07-Nov-13 22:01:32

Best wallpaper ever - i wish i had a downstairs loo grin

Littlefish Thu 07-Nov-13 22:04:15

Dark red. If it's a tiny room, then nothing is going to make it look bigger so you may as week go for warm and dramatic.

YDdraigGoch Thu 07-Nov-13 22:07:42

Ours is bright yellow to liven it up a bit

ChanelTunel Thu 07-Nov-13 22:22:32

Silver wallpaper and a chrystal chandelier smile

PastaBeeandCheese Fri 08-Nov-13 06:30:08

I'm not a fan of dark colours in small rooms so I'd agree with OP who said pale walls and colourful accessories.

That said with no window you will be turning the light on in there all the time anyway?

We used Dulux Light and Space in our loo and I think it did help with making it feel less closed in.

Gingersnap88 Fri 08-Nov-13 07:46:14

I would also go with a really great deep colour or some mad wallpaper! Make it fun smile love the suggested papers!

BrownSauceSandwich Fri 08-Nov-13 08:10:06

I'm in the fun walls camp. As the others have said, nothing's going to make it feel spacious. But you could still keep it light:

Alwayscheerful Fri 08-Nov-13 08:13:49

I am with more boils, borrowed light for a fresh clean classic light duck egg type look or down pipe for a striking dramatic look, otherwise my favourite colour is elephants breath.

OnePlanOnHouzz Fri 08-Nov-13 09:12:37

Any grey works well with white - can you match your flooring ?!?!
... Maybe create a faux window. if you use a SAD light box it will defuse the light from the bulb enough to look pretty convincing ! Pick up an old stained glass window from a salvage yard or ask at the local double glazing place ? Build the wall out enough to inset the light box and maybe create a niche below for shelving or extra storage - add a hinge to the glass frame so you can change bulbs - And voila - suddenly you can use any paint you like !!!

( you might need an electrician to wire the box in as there shouldn't be any plug sockets in your WC )!

Exceptionalroar Sat 09-Nov-13 17:04:39

OnePlan - great idea but such a tiny toilet, it's not possible to build out...

Spaghettio Sat 09-Nov-13 17:23:35

I'm going to go against the grain here, but we painted our downstairs loo in a darkish grey. We retiled the splash back with light grey/white mosaic tiles and it looks great with the white loo and pedestal.

As we have three DSs (and my DP!) it hides a multitude of sins and we've had a lot of positive comments on it. It doesn't feel smaller than before and it looks very stylish.

Spaghettio Sat 09-Nov-13 17:25:47

We put in a new mirror and stainless steel towel rail/loo roll holder too, which helps to break up the grey-ness too. I bought new hand towels in a grey colour too, so it's all co-ordinated. <I'm a bit proud!>

Dontletthemgetyoudown Sat 09-Nov-13 17:26:03

The wallpaper idea isa fab one love the idea of a quirky wallcovering in such a small space.

Spaghettio Sat 09-Nov-13 17:40:12

Must admit I love that loo wallpaper!

InsertUsernameHere Sat 09-Nov-13 18:46:51

I've always fancied something a bit humorous like this DH unfortunately doesn't agree.

member Sat 09-Nov-13 19:01:21

I'm normally mrs pale neutral but am veering towards the "nothing is going to make it look any bigger anyway" camp with my own downstairs loo. I've got quite a few dusty purpleish samples on the wall but they're looking a bit muddy. I'm thinking of Velspar for B&Q (certain stores only) Bunch of blooms which is pinkish but not in a garish way.

PastaBeeandCheese Sun 10-Nov-13 07:53:29

I love the paper brownsauce has linked.

It's making me rethink my ideas for the downstairs loo at my new house. It's quite a large room.... I'm going to keep coats and bags in there too as there's a big cupboard. Perhaps I should make an effort to make it more interesting?!

Husbandplus3 Sun 10-Nov-13 07:56:13


Pannacotta Sun 10-Nov-13 16:44:35

I also think dark grey.
No point trying to make it look light so why not celebrate the dark and moody look.
Also grey is very smart against white sanitary ware and chrome fittings. Have a look here for a good example

foreverondiet Sun 16-Mar-14 20:25:12

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