Good Questions: Grout & Wall Color Suggestions?

Good Questions: Grout & Wall Color Suggestions?

Maxwell Ryan
Jun 26, 2006

Hello AT,

My S.O. and I are midway through renovating our tiny, windowless bathroom, which had white 4 x 4 tile on the walls (with a lot of damage) and stained, cracked hex tiles on the floor. We've replaced it with white subway tile and a taupe-y ceramic tile for the floors. There will be a dark wood, wall-hung cabinet vanity with a thick, square white sink...

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We've also gotten the dark "wood" mirrored cabinet from West Elm. The fixtures are Kohler Purist in brushed nickel, and the light fixture is also brushed nickel. The overall look we're aiming for is clean-lined, modern, spa-like calm. I plan to frame some large photos for the one blank wall in the room.

So now we come to what should be fun part, but I'm stumped on three questions:

1) What color grout should we use for the wall tiles? I'm worried that with the amount of dust/soot that finds its way into our NYC apartment, white will show too much dirt.

2) What color to paint the walls? The S.O. has already ruled out anything in the lavender or taupe-brown family. He is leaning towards green. I prefer blue, possibly a slate blue. I could be persuaded to go with green but would prefer to stay away from the admittedly lovely sage green just because it seems a little too Restoration Hardware-y. At this point, I've been thinking about this for weeks and am losing my mind, so specific suggestions are welcome.

3) Soft furnishings. I am a purist when it comes to towels and insist on white. I'm intrigued by the idea of a simple black-and-white shower curtain--will that work with the dark wood and green or blue walls? If so, I'm looking for a knockoff of the Matouk "Newport" curtain with a black border but haven't had any luck finding one.

Sorry for the long e-mail, but as I said, I've spent way too much time agonizing over this and will appreciate the help.


Dear Anita,

This is a lot, but we'll start the ball rolling:

1. With grout you want to see it next to your tiles. Keep it light but close to the shade of your tiles so that it doesn't stick out to much.

2. We like green too, but your greens seem really dark. If your bathroom has a lot of light we'd choose the fourth from the left, but if it is dark, we'd go for the second from the left, which has a nice tone to it.

3. We like white software in the bathroom as well, but for towels we go with soft colors. We're not big black and white fans and think that this goes best with bright white walls anyway, which you are not doing. We'd stay with the white shower curtain and bust out with your towels.

Anyone else???

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