Although many designers like to test paint right on the walls, color consultant Paulette Diamond, ASID, vice president of the International Association of Color Consultants - North America, suggests buying 8" x 10" flat canvas boards from an art supply store and painting one in each of the colors you are considering. "This system allows you to move the paint color samples around the room easily," she says, "while eliminating the mess and confusion of having several different colors painted on the wall." Finally, once you are pretty certain you have found the best color for your bathroom, "Just go for it," Joan says. "Remember, it's only paint. If you aren't happy with it you can change it very easily.
The right size bathtub. What could be more frustrating than choosing a bathtub and realising it's the wrong size? Ensure that the exact dimensions of the space for the tub have been recorded to prevent a problem occurring during fitting. A corner tub makes a quirky addition to any bathroom, but make sure to consider whether the space will work well with such an accessory, or whether this is an unnecessary novelty. Alternatively, a freestanding bath creates a very elegant and luxury feel. Free standing tubs come in a wide range of materials and finishes including wood, copper and enamel. The best material for bathtubs. Choosing the best surface material for a bathtub can be a prolonged process, yet an important one. When spending larger amounts of money, the bathtub should be built to last, therefore, ensure the material is the right one for the job.
I painted over the Masonite with a really good primer and then I decoupaged tissue paper in vivid colors over it — indigo blue, sunny yellow, even some silver tissue paper. It looks luminous, freckled, almost like water. Above the shower stall, I did much brighter colors and I sealed it all with a water-based polyurethane." While Cy applied his decoupage directly to the wall, his "simple French" look would work just as well applied to foam core or poster board, framed or not, and then hung on a bathroom wall for a splash of color you could change out whenever you want. "Paint the walls, or if they're mostly tile, paint the ceiling!" says Cy. "If the color doesn't work, you can paint it something else." And should you need to sell the house later, and believe the accepted wisdom that only white walls are appropriate in "For Sale" bathrooms, you can spend an afternoon painting it back. Or for just a minimal change, paint a frame and hang it on the bathroom mirror with Velcro.
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