Maria, I love your blog, it’s the first thing I open when I get my email.
My question is I have white and grey tile on the bathroom floor and the cabinets are white but look like a cream white against the floor and the tops are new build cultured marble.
Husband wanted the floor even though it doesn’t go with anything!! (He got to make a decision too bad it was the wrong one! lol)
I’m thinking of having the cabinets painted a light grey, one of the tones from the tile in the floor (I know it’s trendy) but I’m stuck with that flooring. And the walls painted a white with a touch of grey.
Am I on the right track? I did have a designer come over but she has a business of painting cabinets so of course that’s what she suggested but I agree with her and would love your opinion.
So first, I would love to have some more questions for Ask Maria posts. But ya’ll need to send me photos.
I would never have specified the colours my reader ended up with in this bathroom without photos.
I cannot give you accurate advice without photos.
Without photos, I can’t help you.
Okay did you get that? Good, haha.
Also, it needs to be a dilemma I have not posted about on the blog before. So in general, what colour should I paint this or that has been covered. Unless it’s a real interesting and useful dilemma regarding wall colour, we will likely send you a link to our eDesign page instead.
But it never hurts to try right? So clean up your room, take photos WITHOUT flash and in good natural light and send them here.
Okay back to my readers question:
You have no idea how many times I have heard this complaint.
I have walked into countless bathrooms and kitchens where I’m looking at the unfortunate looking faucet (for example) and wondered how it got there.
The wife reads my mind and confides that she let her husband have one choice and that was it.
And well, it’s just wrong.
So here’s the thing. Choosing tile, or a faucet, or a countertop is not like choosing a pillow. There’s no returns if it ends up being the wrong choice.
And if it’s not selected taking everything else into consideration, well you’ll just be cranky every time you look at it.
Until you move, or take it out.
And who wants that?
Selecting finishes for a renovation is not about one turn for me and one for you.
Just like you don’t need to be in love with every finish you choose because most of them will be the supporting cast for the one featured “star”, you can’t just toss in something your partner loves to appease them and make them feel included.
Every selection you make effects all the others. If your husband wants to be in on the decisions, he needs to be in on the logic of the whole design, and each decision will need to be made as a team, working towards the ultimate goal, a harmonious finished room. Just like a good marriage is ultimately about team work and not about taking turns getting your way. It’s about working towards goals together. (Who knew design was like couples therapy?).
But anyone who’s been through a big renovation knows it kind of is. And for a happy outcome, different wish lists need to be subsumed under the overriding goal of a design that inherently works.
Okay so, let’s check out this tile that is causing so many problems shall we?
Let’s see if we can create some magic.
Okay so here’s a close up of the vanity, you can see that the countertop reads pink beige here and the vanity is too cream.
However, my reader said the countertop is white, so perhaps the existing builder pink beige paint colour is causing it to look pinker.
Since the countertop is much whiter than the ‘greige’ tiles, the best solution here would be to choose a colour so she’s definitely on the right track.
However, a faux marble tile in green grey tones is neutral. It goes with lots of colours. The only colours that would not look good with this tile are earthy neutrals like pink beige, green beige, or muddier sage greens, gold beige, etc.
So I asked her to send me a picture of the master bedroom.
Here’s the view from the other side (below).
Her walls are painted Crate and Barrel 6. So painting the vanity the same colour would be a great way to create flow from the master bedroom.
Here’s the room the way it looks now (above).
In my opinion, there’s actually nothing wrong with the tile. In this case, her husbands choice was not a bad one.
However, you simply cannot have a white or cream vanity. If the vanity was white to relate to the white countertop, it would look wrong because there is no white in the floor. If the countertop was a concrete grey colour, then the vanity could have been a true white.
The vanity could also have been a darker shade of green grey or charcoal as well. I chose blue because it makes more sense to create flow from the master bedroom.
Styling by Maria Killam
We photoshopped the vanity so you could see it in blue (below). Then you could introduce some ginger jars or taller vases in blues with some faux flowers for a hit of colour.
Here’s a grouping I arranged for a client in another project (above).
Grouping of ginger jars (source)
One Kings Lane has a lovely selection of Ginger Jars:
Or you could just get this grouping from Wisteria
And the new paint colour could be a green grey like SW Agreeable Grey:
SW Agreeable Grey | Styled by Maria Killam
Thanks Ronnie, for sending me this great question! If you have a question for my Ask Maria posts, email me here.
Update on this post: Ronnie sent me this photos with this lovely note:
This is the picture of my master bathroom with Maria’s recommendation from the post last month. I had the walls painted Agreeable Grey and cabinets painted same color as bedroom wall.It is “smashing” as my friend put it. We love it. It looks absolutely fabulous. Maria you are a genius and you do work magic. I followed everything you said to a T because I love everything you do and it is absolutely fabulous. I can’t thank you enough for all your advice. And I have recommended your blog to many friends and told them that it is absolutely worth to have a consult with you. And if it is $300 it would be worth every penny to be this happy with the end result. Thank you thank you thank you.
Thanks Ronnie, it’s so rare to get after photos, I was thrilled to receive them!