Color for a Bathroom in an Old House.

by Karen Lindsey
(Elgin, IL )

Hi Jennifer,

This bathroom in our old house has the original subway tile, green sink, and tub. All have a unique charm that I'd like to keep.

I thought I'd choose a gray to highlight the mint green and chrome. However, the grays I've chosen are picking up odd tones from the green porcelain and the darkness of the hallway.

To preserve a crisp, vintage feel, is there a color or direction you suggest I consider?

In the first photo the gray on the left is Benjamin Moore Fieldstone and the right is Benjamin Moore Pilgrim Haze.

I know it's probably outlandish to ask you for a color consult through email and photos, but any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


Hello Karen,

I love the subway tile, and the green pedestal sink! I can see what your dilemma is with the paint color. Don't feel alone! Paint color is the hardest thing to choose, and choose correctly! The gray color, in my opinion, just won't work. It will always seem like you "missed" matching the green pedestal sink.

Okay, can I throw you a curve? What is your opinion about wallpaper? Wallpaper with the same color green as your sink, and with a white background. Something that would just add a little color to the walls. I think from the photo it looks like you have bead board, so that would require taking it down. I would definitely keep the subway tile!

I have some photos below that illustrate somewhat, of the direction that I think would work.

See what you think. Thank you for stopping by, and good luck with your project!


Brentwood Regency Estate eclectic powder room

Kathleen Burke Design traditional bathroom

Brentwood Regency Estate eclectic powder room

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Aug 22, 2011
Consider some Feng Shui elements
by: Dana Smithers

I'm not a feng shui expert but I do know why the grey colour didn't work - it's too much like the colour of water and you already have enough of the water element going on!

This is what I learned about using the 5 elements in feng shui. You want to use at least 3 of the 5 -
*FIRE *EARTH * METAL *WATER *WOOD. Your green is considered WOOD as is the rectangular and column shape of the sink; the white subway tiles & panelling represents METAL. So you are missing EARTH and FIRE. For FIRE you could bring in some red tones, triangular or pyramidal shapes or stars; or images of people and animals. Makes me think of toile wallpaper or something with a country scene. For EARTH some pottery, yellow, terracotta or earth tones, square and cube shapes.
Since I don't know your entire colour scheme it's a bit hard to suggest here what to do. I like to keep my homes to 3 colours whenever possible with of course variations on each of the 3 colours.

Hope this helps!

Aug 11, 2011
Me Too!
by: Anonymous

The wallpaper idea was a great suggestion. I'd have to say I agree too!

Aug 10, 2011
I Agree!
by: Lesley @ Saving Grace Creations

Hey Karen!

I agree with Jennifer! I love the idea of a wallpaper in that bathroom. There are soooo many choices!! I love your bathroom! Super cute!!

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