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Monday, July 30, 2012

How to Deal with Ugly Floor Tile

My kids share a bathroom and it's quite a big bathroom.  That's great but the big bathroom has a big floor and the floor is an orangey/coral ceramic tile.  I need to do a small and inexpensive reno on this room so ripping out tile is not on my wish list.  How on earth do I decorate around a loud, obnoxious, orange tile?  Here are my thoughts on ways to make this work without requiring a complete gut of the room.


Option 1 - Go crazy bold on the walls with a wallpaper or maybe a painted stencil.  Make the entire room a big, bold, lovely statement and don't try to "work around" the tile.

Option 2 - Adding the same orange colour from the tile to the wall would essentially kill the drama of the tile.  The floor won't stand out as much and we can add a large vanity in a neutral wood or painted finish.

Option 3 - Our bathroom has enough room for a long vanity with double sinks.  Using the floor colour on a large vanity will incorporate the colour and allow me to use some neutral wall colour.

So have you got any fabulous ideas on how to tame the wild beast on my floor?


19 comments:

  1. You can't peel & stick tiles over your ugly ones or paint over them? I'd do the 3rd option then, paint the vanity close to the floor colour.

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  2. I don't think I would decorate a room around them. I think I would use a large painted floor cloth (made from vinyl) to hide them and just add touches of that color around the room. This is the idea...and it is perfect for a bathroom http://cloverleaffarm.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Paint-A-Floor-Cloth

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  3. Wear a blindfold whenever you use the lav? ;)

    I've got nothing better.

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  4. Hmmm, that is a dilemma! I've found that the best way to calm down a bossy tile is to choose a wall color that ties into it. Then the tile blends into an almost neutral. The trick is finding a wall color that ties in that you actually want to see everyday! If you could find an orange that works or a neutral with a peachy undertone that you like, maybe the cabinetry could go a dark charcoal? Green works well with orange tones, could you do a green cabinet? Of course, I have no clue what your cabinets currently look like . . .

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  5. I like option 3. I think you can create something fresh and fun if you go that route. It's also a great backdrop for mixing metals like the inspiration photo shows. And I like the idea of a large mat to tone the tile down, but as a layer, not an obvious camouflage. It's your kid's bathroom - have fun with it! :-)

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  6. I personally like all your ideas (I know, not helpful). But I can say that my friend, who is also an interior decorator, had the same type of challenge and went the wild wall paper route and it was highly effective at drawing your eye away from the ugly tile. So, i can attest that wall paper can work!

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  7. Hmm... you've got great ideas. Normally, my suggestion would be a large area rug, but that won't work in a bathroom!!
    My vote would be the vanity option :)

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  8. I love the glam and graphic effect of the first photo but I suspect a literal interpretation of the image could be too mature for the kiddos. Problem with the wallpaper is if you pick a pattern that suits them today they could outgrow that in a couple of years. Tempaper (adhesive backed removal wallpaper) has a pattern called zig zag (think that's the name) that's a super large bold modified chevron and it comes in a couple colorways; maybe something like that could be a "bridge" between kid taste and teenager thinking. I've always loved the third image ... and bring the floor color up the vanity with a neutral on the wall would be another way to create a bold graphic impact to minimize the floor. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

    Robin
    happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

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  9. How about an area rug? or even some of those polypropylene ones you can take outside and wash. ( water proof!)
    How about painting the floor tile with an area rug pattern in the center? just throwing some thoughts around.
    Good luck- let us know what you do!
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  10. Oh gosh, I have an outdated off white tile floor in my kitchen that I can't afford to replace right now (other more pressing issues). Right now I just have an oriental runner on the sink wall (it's a small kitchen) and don't think I'm crazy, but Lowe's had some peel and stick tiles that you can use real grout with that I'm thinking about, in an off-black stone-ish look.

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  11. I couldn't go using the orange on the wall color. I would use green (like Kristie suggested) for the cabinet and towels. Bring in the orange from the floor in a couple of well chosen accessories. The wall paint could be a lighter shade of the same green. (I think like a stager which is always your most economical route until you can redo the whole room.)

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  12. I like the orange vanity option with the double sinks!!!! I personally LOVE orange!!!

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  13. I also LOVE wallpaper...hmmm...decisions decisions!

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  14. Ooooh I love the third picture because you are working with a neutral wall color and then the cabinet and sinks are the focal point. NOT THE FLOOR.

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  15. You can try coating the tile with polyurethane. It is commonly used in bathrooms for cleanliness, but it also makes the tile looks great. However, the tiles have to be maintained for the look to last. Anyway, you can also go with option #3, using wall paint that would complement with the color of the tiles and vanity can make the room pleasing to the eye.

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  16. What about trying to stencil over a portion of the tile to reduce the orange (maybe like a morrocan feel?) and then you could use that stencil color or colors in the room to tie it all together. Just seal it really well with marine polyurethane.
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  17. This is certainly a dilemma. I think the best way for you not to be bothered by that orange floor is to get rid of it. There are certain tiles that can be placed on top of the old ones such as the peel and stick kind. However, if you really cannot do this then just add some pop of the same colors using candles, or flowers, or other decorations. Please, do not paint you wall with orange. I think this is not the right color choice for kids.

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  18. These are pretty good options to choose from for the renovation of your bathroom. Many home owners decide on the design of the room but we should also focus on the flooring Houston material and type as well. The given samples in this post provide good insights for those who have similar problems with their bathrooms, thanks!

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