Replacing a bathtub is an expensive project. If you are stuck with a blue tub, you can save yourself some cash by designing your bathroom's new paint scheme around that fixture. The best color scheme depends on your tub's particular shade of blue, but there are several tricks you can use to complement nearly any shade. Blue works well in bathrooms, because the color is associated with water and sky. Look to these natural elements for inspiration.
Things You'll Need
- Light yellow/orange/gold paint
- White paint -- optional
- Paint rollers
- Blue paint
- Sea sponge
Paint the bathroom walls around your tub some shade of a golden or orange-tinted yellow. A creamy, warm yellow works well with dark blue, while an orange-tinted yellow or gold works well with lighter blue. Think of warm sunny colors and try out a few paint swatches to see which ones work best with your blue tub.
Paint the smaller areas and corners with brushes, and use rollers for large, flat surfaces.
Paint the remaining walls in a blue that matches your tub's color as closely as possible.
Dampen a sea sponge with water and squeeze it out almost completely.
Dip your sponge in white or yellow paint and blot it on newspaper. Press the sponge on your blue wall in random, overlapping patterns until you have yellow or white covering the blue wall, with some of the blue show through. Reload the sponge with paint and blot as necessary.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are feeling artistic, paint palm trees or ferns along your yellow or white walls, near the tub.
- Light, sand-color brown can also work well with a blue bathtub. If you have other blue accents in the room, such as a sink, toilet, bath mats or towels, paint your accent wall brown and blot over the brown as you would the blue.
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