Choosing colours - basement bathroom/ laundry reno

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Posted by: from Anjou
1/4/2008 at 11:32:18 AM

I am looking at doing a complete reno on my basement bathroom/ laundry. All of the original floor tiles and shower tiles are coming out and I would like to start clean. The basement is below grade but has a large window approx. 1.5' x 4' long. I'd like to keep the colours light so it doesn't look like a cavern down there but at the same time want to go with some natural stone or imported ceramics. I'm having problems finding colour combos between walls, floor tiles, shower tiles and accents. Do I really need a designer for this?? All of the displays in the hardware stores look like they were styled by contractors (no offense contractors but stick to construction). Are there consultants for this kind of stuff?

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Date/Time1/5/2008 at 3:38:50 PM

Sure there are interior designers and folks who specialize with colour only. Check out the designer magazines for ideas. My wife used photos from our rooms in an online program from a major paint manufacturer. That helped us before we even left the house. I am a decorative concrete contractor, so I have to plug my industry...consider using the floor you already have in place with various methods of decorative concrete. Some contractors even do vertical overlays for custom showers that are seamless and have no grout to deal with. We do, hey it's worth considering.

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Spidy in Whitecourt
Date/Time4/23/2008 at 3:00:32 AM

you said most are rocks and stones there right? why not paid it with rockish grey? it'll blend well with the surroundings.

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Amy in Simcoe
Date/Time5/27/2008 at 11:26:43 AM

You could consult a designer for this, but why spend the money on a designer when the final decision is going to be yours?

Look online, and find a free color graph and print it up. Take it with you the next time you go to the hardware store and compare the colors on the graph that you like, to the tiles. Or vise versa. Once you have your pattern picked out, you can get your paint blended into any color you want to.

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