What’s a design blog without some sort of help for its readers? To make good on my own design pledge, it’s time to dip into the decorating inbox and help solve some design dilemmas!
My bathroom tub, toilet and sink are that teal color. I’ve seen a lot of brown with teal. Would that be a good choice? My bathroom is small but has a good size window in it with lots of light. Or what color do you suggest? — Jean
Hi Jean! I’m going to assume you love your teal bathroom, because you didn’t mention a bathroom remodel anywhere in your question. Some people right now will be wrinkling their noses at the thought of a teal bathroom, and to those I say: Vintage is in! One look at these teal bathrooms on Rate My Space shows that you’re not alone in your color dilemma.
Fortunately, there are several ways to make the color work for you in your home. (Just stay away from peach, unless you’re definitely going retro.)
1. Brown and Teal
Your instinct for using brown is a good one. Brown and blue are a fail-safe combination. One caveat: Make sure the intensities of the teal and brown are similar. So, a light brown or tan would work with a light teal. If your teal is dark and intense, chocolate or copper-toned towels, rugs and accessories are the way to go. This bathroom by designer Sue Adams pairs color intensities well, even though that blue is technically not “teal.”
Photo by Sam Gray
2. Teal to the Max
If you’re highly committed to teal, you can go monochromatic. For quick color coordination, get some paint swatches from your local home improvement store that match the teal of your bath’s fixtures. Sherwin-Williams is a good bet, because their store’s swatches incorporate more than three colors on each swatch.
Bring all the swatches back and find the closest match. Now, choose the color above and below your matching color. You can paint the walls, the ceiling, add a window treatment and accessories — anything that’s in one of those three colors (or others adjacent to them on the swatch) will make for teal bathroom paradise. More inspiration:
3. Keep It Light
I’m glad you have lots of light to brighten the space. Stick with a sheer, white window treatment to let in as much light as possible. Speaking of white, don’t rule it out as a color, either. Sometimes the simplest update to a room can be a coat of fresh white paint on trim and molding. And who can resist fluffy white towels?
Good luck, and let us know how it turns out. I’d also recommend reading 8 Steps to the Perfect Bathroom for anything I haven’t addressed here. Readers, feel free to share your suggestions for Jean in the comments!