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Need help to decorate this hunter green bathroom
jamcin33
January 30, 2013 in Design Dilemma
This is my kid's bath that I would like to gut someday, but just not in the cards now! I have to live with the hunter green wall tile and floor for a while longer. My kids are 13 (boy) and 7 (girl), so it can't be too "cutsy". I need some suggestions on decorating and design. I was thinking of incorporating some sort of animal print, but I don't know where to start? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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sarah
make ahunter green and maybe white cheetah print or just do plain black rip out the vanity if u do it cause it does not match
January 30, 2013 at 2:54pm     
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anitajoyce
With all the green tile and the floor tile pattern, I don't think you need to add another pattern. Maybe paint the top of the room in a nice tan or blue color to balance the patterns. You could paint the cabinet in white also. Remove the valance and add a blind to the window. Add a solid color shower curtain and a nice rug to the room also.
January 30, 2013 at 3:13pm     
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tennisanyone
I would start with painting the vanity in a dark chocholate, change the light fixture and paint the walls. Animal prints will get old. I would get a white shower curtain and try to make it more of a spa for the kids. Your son is already a teenager and your daughter will be one day too. You might even like the tile if you pick the right color for the walls. The Houzzers will weight in on paint colors.
January 30, 2013 at 3:13pm     
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carole
i would use tiles transfers in white (or multicolored), randomly place them so as to break up the "sea of green"and paint the vanity highglosswhite and white showercurtain and rug(in any color youlike iif you choose the multicolored tiles),buy an animalprint,than it will be easier to change the theme as the kids get older...
January 30, 2013 at 4:28pm     
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analisamt
Understanding that you eventually want to guy this. I will give you just a couple cheap and easy suggestions. First, I would buy a couple neutral rugs to break up the floor. Then, I would paint the wall a nice light neutral as well to keep it simple and to make the room feel spacious and not so crowded with the different patterns. I would add some colorful (not green obviously) light fixture or decor to make it less green. If your going to invest in a light fixture though I would make sure it would work in your future Renovation plan for the bathroom.
January 30, 2013 at 5:39pm     
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analisamt
*want to gut this
January 30, 2013 at 5:40pm   
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Barnhart Gallery
Hi Jamcin -- Is that a hunter or navy accent tile in the floor?

You're right to forego cutesy at this age. I'm gravitating to this paper: http://www.americanblinds.com/wallpaper/productid,98896

...with all of the accessories in white, or white with a navy accent like this:
http://www.hysupplieshealthclub.com/Images/Pooltowels_BIPT052B.jpg

With white fixtures, accessories, ceiling and mostly white floor, adding a green on navy print shouldn't overwhelm. Preppy chic classic.
January 30, 2013 at 5:47pm     
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Barnhart Gallery
I'd also add a chunky white chair rail between the tile and paper. Or "toilet rail" in this case. Y'know, just in case...
January 30, 2013 at 5:51pm     
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tammylottero
This is rather extreme, but I would either go over the wall tile with bead board and chair rail at the top. Or see how difficult it would be to remove it before you put up bead board to cover the mess it will leave. From there, you can decorate any way you wish.
January 30, 2013 at 6:02pm     
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tabbie149
I would change the color of the sink to white . Change out the light fixture. A fixture that give off a lot of light to bright up the green . I will do a solid color like a red .Get a window treatment . Then try to us wall art words for decoration since they are teens.
January 30, 2013 at 6:13pm     
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Warner Decor
Hi! Looks like you have a fun color in there! Here are a few suggestions for you:

(to go with the animal theme):
http://deciture.com/shop/decor/9/striped-tiger-i-martyna-zoltaszek/

This also may be helpful somewhere in the bathroom to store "bathroom stuff" aka washcloths, deodorant, etc.:
http://deciture.com/shop/decor/9/round-thomas-metal-cubby/
February 18, 2014 at 6:42am   
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Annette Kearney
http://www.houzz.com/pro/akearney/annette-kearney

I like it the way it is however, it you ever needs tiles please check my work.
February 18, 2014 at 7:22am   
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Barnhart Gallery
Another year-old/one-hit-wonder who posted this dilemma and never returned. Don't waste your time on it, houzzers. :)
February 18, 2014 at 7:56am     
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brickln
I like carole's idea. I'd change the grout to black and paint the walls charcoal, then go all Margarita-ville!
February 18, 2014 at 8:43am     
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Impact Interior Design Solutions
Re-glazing the green wall tile white will make you feel like you have a new bath. Warning the fumes from process are very strong so you would not want to be home for a day or so after. We do this all the time when selling houses. Gives buyers a new fresh perspective, until they have more $ to create the dream bath. The process on the walls the finish will hold up very well. If you have a green tub as well you can glaze that white as well. Do not use any abrasive cleaners and you will be good to go. Mine has held up for over 10 years! Most companies warranty the process pretty well. so if you have a problem they will re-do it. Pick a company with lots of experience, and has a good standing. Lots of flyby night companies with this service.
February 18, 2014 at 10:45am     
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Barnhart Gallery
Again, this is a year-old/one-hit-wonder who posted this dilemma and never returned. Don't waste your time on it, houzzers. :)
February 18, 2014 at 11:35am     
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carole
bricklin,that looks like a place to be!! ;-)
February 18, 2014 at 11:57am   
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tzyvya
Totally agree with Impact!
February 19, 2014 at 4:30am   
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johsmi
I really like Barnhart's idea..make it all one color with white trim..
February 19, 2014 at 4:32am   
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decoenthusiaste
@Barnhart - it is Warner Decor that keeps posting these old dilemmas! What can we do? I've tried but she keeps at it!
February 19, 2014 at 4:36am     
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rinqreation
Pick colors you're already using. Make it a fun bathroom. Paint the cabinet and replace the lighting. Love the shower curtain, by the way!
February 19, 2014 at 4:40am     
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rinqreation
Oh darn.. Old post.. Didn't look..
Oh well, how are things getting along, jamcin33?
February 19, 2014 at 4:41am   
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decoenthusiaste
@ all - I've emailed Houzz re these old posts. We'll see if they can do anything.
February 19, 2014 at 4:42am     
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Luci Haerle
Dear Jamcin 33,
May I suggest to refrain from animal stickers etc. and instead opt for a laminate wall panelling, and a laminate floor panelling. The wood not only gives the bathroom a warm feel but it will go exceptionally well with the green tiles, plus it is a very clean and fast way to make a breathtaking change, on a realtively low budget, too. Further, I would suggest to change the light above the mirror. Place lights on the left and right side of the mirror (I have not seen the complete layout of the bathroom but you could also separate the toilet from the sink with an MDF sheet again panelled with laminate wood). last but not least the sink cabinet should be changed into something more "open" and modern. As a window treatment I would suggest to go for wooden shades, no curtain.
Keep well and all the best. Luha
February 19, 2014 at 4:51am   
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Agnes Willcox, ASID
I think you would be pleasantly surprised at the difference that adding a white tile chair rail to the top of the wall tile would make. I would also frame your mirror in with the same chair rail tile or get a new mirror - the mirrors with a mirrored frame are popular. Replace the dated sconce with a chrome fixture with shaded bulbs. Also painting the vanity white and replacing the counter top with a white molded marble top - NO swirls, all white so it looks like porcelain with an integrated sink - very inexpensive yet looks good. Also of course new faucet and cabinet hardware. Since your drawers are slab front, you could use a large cup pull, but definitely an oversize pull (5-6", not 3"), no knobs. Walls semi-gloss white - add brightly colored oil or acrylic paintings - many don't need framing and you may want to do one large and then a collection of 4 small on another wall.
February 19, 2014 at 6:11am     
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mcdckc
Barnhart gallery has the best ideas by far!!!!
February 19, 2014 at 6:12am   
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jobyrc
Pick a color from the shower curtain and paint the walls. Then paint the counter (you tube-its easy) a dark color. I like grey. Add some pulls to the cabinets and maybe a cool faucet.
February 19, 2014 at 6:24am   
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agedtechie
Cheapest, quickest fixes: paint the vanity a glossy white and replace the mirror(s) with framed, hung mirrors. In the process you may have to repair the mirror wall, so sticking with white all around for the paint would probably be best. Add some green/white towels and a few carefully chosen accessories and you should be good for a long time.
February 19, 2014 at 6:27am   
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uberv
I'd paint the vanity white and add either funky colored knobs or animal shaped pulls; replace the light fixture with a smaller one from the home store;add a white frame to the mirror (there are products to do this); get a colorful curtain/shade that picks up a color from the shower curtain and throw down a couple of washable rugs that also coordinate with it. If you paint the upper walls dark you'll not see the cool turtle but a very light sea green would work with the tiles and keep him the focal point. The you see is the high contrast between the tiles on the wall and the white upper walls and floor. If you decrease this contrast it will be more cohesive and you may find living with the tiles a while longer is less of an issue. I would avoid wood or laminate floors in a kids bath because they are just not designed to deal with lots of water. There are vinyl peel and stick planks designed for below grade installation which is inherently damp that could give you the look of wood and not get trashed by the splashing.

Knobs- http://www.target.com/p/liberty-hardware-35-mm-turtle-knob-brushed-satin-pewter-set-of-2/-/A-14906820?ref=tgt_adv_XSB10002&AFID=bingpa_df&LNM=|14906820&CPNG=Unassigned&ci_src=328768002&ci_sku=14906820&kpid=14906820&LID=PA
http://www.atgstores.com/knobs/hot-knobs-hk3112-k-green-spring-green-knob_g920030.html?af=3631&cse=3631

DIY Mirror frame http://www.lowes.com/creative-ideas/bed-and-bath/mirror-frame/project
February 19, 2014 at 7:24am   
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pammk
There is a paint and process you can paint the tile with: my friend used it in her kitchen that had YELLOW bath tile! She did a prep and was able to choose a color she desired. It made the tile pretty much disappear. Check with Sherwin Williams/Home Depot. It would make your dilemma much less of one and give the kids a choice...maybe an intense turquoise, whatever their taste. Definitely paint the sink cabinet and remember to keep it simple. Not too much for early morning tired eyes to take in.
February 19, 2014 at 7:41am   
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Brooke W
Light to medium gray walls, brushed nickel light fixture and hardware and paint the cabinetry white. Accessorize with white towels and rugs. You can bleach them if necessary and teen acne products tend to discolor towels, and kids are just messy in general. It'll look classy and you probably care about how it looks more than they do. Steer clear of a themed space.
February 19, 2014 at 9:03am   
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erinsean
We painted the pink tile in our bathroom....painted it white 10 years ago and it is still very nice. Check with the paint department at Lowe's and they can give you advice on what paint to use.
February 19, 2014 at 10:08am   
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You have more space then you think in that bathroom. The setup is which makes it look cramped. Give us a call if you desire any help from a professional company. (404) 587-4573 we do free estimate.
February 19, 2014 at 10:17am   
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Robin Lechner Designs
Wallpaper in a textured geometric or stripe would bring the floor and wainscoting together. Pick something in a very light shade of the hunter green and/or or the color of the tile with hunter green stripe. (photo colors aren't exact, but will give you an idea for pattern and contrast)
February 19, 2014 at 12:57pm   
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Barnhart Gallery
My goodness, this thread just won't stop! Homeowner posted a year ago and hasn't returned. Hate to see so many waste their efforts.
February 19, 2014 at 2:55pm     
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octoberjamie
Look into painting the tile !!
February 19, 2014 at 9:00pm   
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danalynny
Add a thck moder stained wooden frame around the mirror, change out the light fixture to a modren one. Paint cabinet in navy or same color as the mirror. Paint walls a tan color with coordinating horizontal blinds either tan or same color as mirror or roman shade that is in scotish plaid in navy green and yellow. Add several large framed artwork made by your children.
February 20, 2014 at 5:41am   
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Genevieve
I would go orange to make this bathroom more fun ,let me see if I can find an idea for it :)

okay
this would be the orange
Master Bathroom
Wood Green Toucan Bird on Metal Perch Hanging Statue 23 Inch


carole
I like that toucan for the wall with it :)
February 20, 2014 at 9:53am   
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Doors & More
A good place to start would be to get rid of the shower curtain. By installing a shower door not only will it open up the space but it will also give the bathroom a more modern look.
February 20, 2014 at 10:17am   
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rhodalynn
I like this bathroom. I would paint the cabinet white and put on some handles. A new light fixture and a new shower curtain too.
February 20, 2014 at 1:07pm   
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Rolanda Smith
This is old, so I hope this helps. Off white and gold striped wall paper on the top, with gold or brass fixtures. Change the toilet seat and vanity, and maybe add a nice roman shade at the window in off white.
February 22, 2014 at 1:09pm   
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nls creations, inc.
Paint the vanity white and do a fabulous wall paper. And an animal print would work!! Good Luck.
February 23, 2014 at 10:31am   
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Karen Geer
Instead of "working around" the tiles, embrace them. Paint the walls to math and add white wall decals, or stencils, of white trees. The kids can then decorate the trees with birds, frogs, leaves, flowers, squirrels, etc
February 24, 2014 at 4:44pm   
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