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Paint color and accessories suggestions? Need to liven up my powder room!

dnsanders82January 3, 2013
Hi, I painted my powder room yellow when I first moved in. Working on painting the whole house, and this room need a fresh coat. After living with it for some time, I decided I don't really like the color, but I can't pinpoint why. I like the yellow - maybe this yellow is just the wrong one? It's Behr Saffron Sands. I love my accessories- the green towel and rug, brown mirror and pictures (will post those pics this evening), but something about the color I just don't like. When I use the powder room I feel like i am in a circus and I feel confined, and want to hurry up and get out! Is it because as paint novice's we painted the ceiling in yellow as well?

I want the opposite feel for my powder room - warm, inviting, rich-looking. I want that WOW factor. I also want my browns and greens to pop. The powder room is an important room in the house to me - it gets used so often, and it's one of the first things people notice when they ask to use the restroom LOL.

After research here are my thoughts:
1) paint a lighter yellow stripe around the room at above eye level to break up the monotony of the color.
2) paint it a bright sunny yellow - BM copacabana, counting stars
3) paint it a warm gold - like Benjamin Moore Ochre, re-paint the ceiling white or ivory and paint the trim in the same color.
4) paint it some other color

Please help fellow Houzzer's!
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Hi, the yellow you have is a bit 'mustard-ish'. I agree with a softer yellow and perhaps it would be helpful if you show more views of the bathroom as well.

A bathroom the size of a pocket hankie · More Info
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:42AM
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Personally, I think it's just the color of this yellow. I think you need to choose a lighter color
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:47AM
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I agree that a lighter, cooler yellow might be just the ticket. I really like small powder rooms done in deeper brights, too, so maybe you could go with something daring like a deep blue with sunny yellow accessories.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 9:48AM
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thanks for the ideas. Dytecture - you hit it on the head - it is a mustard yellow. I think i was going for a softer buttery or golden yellow. I will add more pics this evening so check back! zx10grrrl that is a great suggestion as well. I will keep you guys posted!
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 10:21AM
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I noticed a couple of things for when you paint. First and foremost use a matte finish not one with a gloss. Matte is washable and doesn't reflect light so the color is truer and wall imperfections don't show. Second, take off or tape around the towel bar and other accessories on the wall before you paint. You shouldn't see a band of white where it is not painted.

Look at these colors:
Lilly Pad 480 Paint · More Info
Celadon Green 2028-60 Paint · More Info
Hawthorne Yellow hc-4 Benjamin Moore · More Info

I would do the ceiling in a white flat.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 10:27AM
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People look sallow or yellowish in this color. A color for powder rooms should be something that flatters people's skin tones. Steer clear of brown or muddy undertones, and go for pink bases that enhance a healthy look.
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 10:29AM
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Rio Brewster
I agree that painting the ceiling white is a good start. I second zx10grrrl. I've used both deep blue (Valspar Deep Peri WV41011) and rich red (RL Balmoral Red) in small bathrooms and both were stunning with white ceilings, white fixtures and tall white base board.
    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 10:44AM
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As promised.... Here more pics from different angles.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 7:00PM
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Rio Brewster
Part of your problem is that the floors clash with the paint color. Use a warmer tone on your walls - peachy yellows like the Hawthorne above will be better. Or consider going chocolate brown with creamy white trim. You will be surprised how rich your artwork will look on a darker color. Just make sure you have bright enough lights. A light-colored ceiling will keep it from feeling like a cave.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 5:42AM
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thanks Rio! I definitely in love with the Hawthorne yellow! A warmer tone + white ceiling = success in my book LOL! Off to Benjamin Moore I go!
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 6:05AM
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Flat paint in bathrooms without a shower is fine, otherwise flat is NOT that washable, it burnishes when using deep colors. Use a kitchen and bath paint in a satin sheen, easily wiped n holds up to steam.
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Margaux Gonyea
Check out this ideabook for some fresh ideas for your powder room, hope it helps! Let us know how it turns out
Ideabook: 8 Bold Paint Colors for Your Powder Room · See Ideabook
    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 2:10PM
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thanks for the ideabook Margaux! Those are some great colors. I will let you know how it turns out.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 6:05AM
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Hi---I am in total agreement with you-the yellow has got to go. 4 colors for you-all Ben Moore-all warm, rich/creamy, and inviting---your guests may never leave the bathroom. :)
Northhampton Putty HC-89, Crown Point Sand HC-90, Bennington Gray HC-82, and Grant Beige HC-83. Pick up the chips and see which of those hues look best with your Floor... Paint the ceiling: White BM.
Good Luck!
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 6:37AM
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paint 1' by 1', or up to 3' by 4' boards to check your short listed colours.
    Bookmark   January 9, 2013 at 7:08AM
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The yellow you've chosen doesn't look right with your shiny brass towel bars. I'd go with a completely different color for a nice change. Possibly a sage green that would allow you to keep the art, towels and look better with the brass.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 5:59AM
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leelee, this is another oldie
    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 6:56PM
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