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Color always baffles me!!!!

momtoavainvaJanuary 13, 2013
Hi All, I'm in need of advice on color coordination. I am drawn more to neutrals, especially blues/whites/greys/beige. Which I know can be lovely as opposed to boring. But I think my bathroom is becoming boring as I'm trying to update. We painted the walls to coordinate with this new valence but it all seems to blend too well/can't see the beautiful pattern on the shade. Also, I'm unsure about the band fabric really working with the shade. Finally, what other colors can I bring into the room to perhaps add a bit more interest? Tile/Tub/Counters are all white and we plan to paint our cabinets a dark espresso brown. See pictures of valence below. Thanks for any advice!
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Here is a before picture of the window to show the bath/tile.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:03AM
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Kathleen E. Hill
I would paint the walls the same blue as the valance to bring out the pattern that is tan. The trim works fine with the valance. Painting with espresso brown will make it pop. I would continue using the brown in wall art and accessories.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:22AM
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Chroma Design
Your wall color just needs some tweaking. It is too closely related to the pattern in the valance. Step away from the taupey grays ( for added contrast to the blue as well), and go lighter. Keeping with your love of neutral grays/blues/beiges, I suggest BM OC-20 pale oak.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:35AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Your blue valance fabric is beautiful, and I agree with you that the banding fabric is not quite right. It should not be too difficult for you to replace it with a solid fabric with some sheen that is the color of the embroidery.

I agree with katliz that painting the walls in the blue of the fabric will give more strength to the space. Against the blue, your white will stand out nicely.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:36AM
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CDR Design
Your color choices are great. I agree with Katliz1960: paint the walls the same color of blue as the window treatment. If there are any inset areas in the bath, you could paint them the color of the bath now, that is, the taupe. I notice you have taupe towels. They will also look great against the blue. For a more spa-look, remove all towel bars and roll your towels. I do not think you need a pop of color....best to keep it spa-like.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 7:41AM
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Judith Taylor Designs
Pale oak is a lovely colour. It is very versatile. With a palette like yours interest will come through sheen and texture. Chrome and glass will add sparkle to dress it up and ad interest.
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
If you remove all the towel bars, where do you put damp towels to dry?
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 9:47AM
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CDR Design
If you like to reuse your towels, you can certainly leave a towel bar for drying.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 1:52PM
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