questionsbathroom remodel: can you help us pick out a…

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We currently have the first patterned black curtain up, but I find that it is too boring and makes the rest of the bathroom very dull. If you refer to pic 4 (with the vanity), you can see the color of the walls. The ceiling is a fairly bright white.

The rest of the curtains:

Second Curtain (don't really love, just wanted to see how something really busy would look): (white bg/ blue and green flowers) 7
Third Curtain (our 3rd choice): (white bg/ dark and light green leaves) 6
Fourth Curtain (our 4th choice): (pattern of third curtain with colors of third curtain) 8
Fifth Curtain (our 2nd choice): (same pattern with silver and black leaves) 9
Sixth Curtain (our 1st choice): (charcoal bg/ blue/black/white dandelions w/ special monkey guest!) 0

Thanks for your time and comments, everyone!

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3rd curtain with the green in it. Not too busy. adds a touch of color. Like it the best.

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The bathroom looks great! It's really hard for me to tell the colors (you said the tile is gray but it looks tan to me from the pics), but with what I can see, I like the 5th curtain (your 2nd choice) with the silver and black leaves.

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Sixth curtain. My personal preference. Nice job on the remodel.

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Haha, the first 3 responses are all different.

@ceagee: What I feel the green in that curtain does is bring out the color of the walls, which gets sort of muted due to the black granite top and the huge mirror dominating the small room.

@lmensor: Thanks. We went with a ceramic tile for upkeep, but liked the look of natural stone. We like it because it isn't one flat color, it actually feels like stone and costs less. To me, the black and silver curtain makes the bathroom look very modern. We didn't really pick a "style" for the bathroom. We just started with the tile and built the room around it.

@okham: Thanks as well. I enjoy this one because it unites the tile to the vanity as well as brings out the color of the tile accent/liner. The green on the walls is light enough to mesh well even with a darker curtain like this.

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Wish I could help you but...

http://www.cafepress.com/+sexy_silhouette_shadow_shower_curtain,714009612

Congratulations on the bathroom remodel it looks fantastic. : |

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I liked number 3 and then number 6. I especially like the monkey.

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I vote for number 3. Subtle and sophisticated.

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I vote for #5, but only if you add a monkey to it.

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I vote for # 3...and how is that Dove Men's Care working out for you?

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Before I saw the choices, I was thinking green. So #3 is probably the way to go.

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So...you just gonna return all the rest? I wondered who was responsible for the taped-up products showing up on the clearance aisle...
Also, I never knew picking a shower curtain was so hard. Something that cheap, pick your first choice and try it out for a month, if you don't like it, get a new one. It's not like tile or paint that you have to completely redo... Maybe I'm missing something.

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Fifth curtain, then Third curtain. Not busy, a simple, tasteful pattern that accents your other work. The black is too dominating, and at least from the photo the grey doesn't appear to be a good color match. Both I think make the room look smaller.

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I like 5 & 6, but I think you might want to try stepping out on the ledge and going for something that will really pop. Red. Solid or a pattern. Now wait, don't say EW! yet. It has to be a bold, RICH red. Red will be a dramatic contrast with the white, black and gray tones you have.
Trust me.

EDIT: Just re-read and saw you have green walls. Depending on the green, the red might still work w/o looking Christmasy.

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Personally I judge shower curtains more from the inside. Does it block so much light that you can hardly see what you are washing? Does it cast odd shadows that a barely awake person may misinterpret and freak out after seeing? Is there enough translucency that you can see someone approaching the outside of the shower? Is the material of a proper weight that it won't do that weird encroach and enwrap thing when the warm shower creates negative air pressure (the curved bar helps but not always completely).

The translucency issue isn't just for peace of mind for those about to watch the new Bates Motel series coming to A&E. An opaque curtain is not as likely to lead to improvised sexy times from your significant other noticing your silhouette and deciding you need company.

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#3
Good job on the remodel.
Did you guys ever consider a glass enclosure to showcase that fine tile work?

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I really think it's between the 3rd and 4th, leaning more towards 3rd. Not too busy, not bland, not dark, etc.

Bathroom looks GOOD!

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I personally like the 3rd and the 5th. Leaning towards the 3rd though.

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#3! I am biased though since we have the exact same curtain in our small bathroom. Did you get the extra tall version? I like it because it doesn't overwhelm the space and adds a touch of fresh, lively color. The leaves motif is cheerful!

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I'm in the group of #3 (because of the green) with #5 a close second.

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@caffeine_dude: Hopefully the first woman's silhouette I see in the curtain won't be fake. It would probably freak me out more than anything.

@hot72chev: I have Dove everything (shampoo, conditioner, etc.). Our local costco carries all that stuff, so I just buy a bunch of it when we get coupons. I used to use the regular Dove body-wash, but I like the way the Men's Care leaves my skin. It also smells good, but not overpowering.

@bsmith1: We ordered these online and they come in re-usable packages that have buttons. We were thinking about keeping 2 or 3 and spending time with each. I just wanted to get some opinions on what meshes best with the tile, accent and the rest of the bathroom. I'm a guy with a fairly good eye for colors and designing, but I am still a novice.

@moondrake: Very good point about those curtains making the room look smaller. That's been a big issue with the bathroom overall.

@lavikinga: Were you thinking of something like a dark burgundy? We will try it out.

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@scmtim: Holy cow, I can tell you thought about this a lot. Not sure if the pictures convey this, but there is a lot of room above the double curtain rod to allow light in. We also have a thick, white shower liner that blocks out light coming through any curtain we put up. The double rod design also helps the air movement ( preventing the clingy curtain). I am a big guy and there is tons of space throughout my showers. The dimmable light fixture (only light source) faces upward toward the ceiling so there is plenty of light that bounces down into the tub.

@j5: I used to have one of those growing up and it would always be dirty with mold, mildew and water-spots. I said no longer. Going back to our "low maintenance" mantra, being able to throw the liner and curtain in the washer is very appealing. We even chose stain-proof epoxy grout so we would only have to clean the lines much less often. The only thing we should have to replace in the near future is the silicone around the tub.

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@thewronggrape: Haha, small world. We bought the extra-long one on accident as we attached the shower rod to fit ~6 ft. curtains and liners. If we do keep that one, we are going to exchange it for the shorter version.

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@curtisuxor: Actually, no. Something more vibrant. Actually, any rich, warm color, but I was thinking of a brighter, richer, saturated red. Like this color: http://www.rakuten.com/prod/lush-decor-lillian-red-shower-curtain/241586481.html?listingId=266215345 This particular one sells from overstock.com and you can see the full image there. I'm too lazy to try to remember how to post a photo. Of course, for some reason I was thinking your walls were a soft dove grey.

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@curtisuxor: I know what you mean, BTDT, but those frameless glass things are sexy.

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@curtisuxor: I bought the extra long one by accident too! At first I was upset because it has that extra line and panel on top that the regular length ones don't (and it wasn't shown in the photo online), but after we moved our rod up higher and hung the curtain, I really like the longer length. It makes our small bathroom appear bigger. I guess it's like the designer rule of hanging drapes higher and wider than the window.

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@jsimsace: Perfect. It will go with @caffeine_dude's curtain. Eesh.

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I seem to be going against the crowd here, but I'd prefer either curtain #1 or curtain #5 if you simply must have pattern. You went and created a very sophisticated bathroom with clean lines and a modern feel. Most of the shower curtains up there don't really work well with that. They clash with the gorgeous tile. Why not let the tile stand out and keep the curtain simple?

If you think a solid, neutral color is too blah, you can add some shiny chrome curtain hooks for contrast. If you simply have to have the color, then make sure it's somewhere else in the bathroom (tissue box, picture on the wall....) so that it's not standing out like a sore thumb.

I know you probably don't want to add even more expense to the remodel, but a frameless glass door would look amazing in there. It would also make the room seem bigger.

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@lavikinga: Wow, that's definitely a rich red. I think I remember seeing something similar at Bed Bath & Beyond. Couldn't hurt to try it out.

@thewronggrape: We already drilled through the tile to hang up the rod where it is and it fits the length of the liner we chose, so we will probably go with the shorter version. I will keep longer curtains in mind for the future though (we have 2 more bathrooms).

@j5: I actually didn't have the frameless ones in mind, where mold and mildew isn't a problem. But water spots are still the big drawback. Because this is now the nicest bathroom in the house, it will probably be used the most, including daily showers.

@purplefeather: Thanks for the comments, I appreciate this type of detailed critique. We did pick up chrome shower hooks (with little rollers on top) that don't have buttons or anything on it as we wanted the curtain itself to stand out. Maybe we can try out the simpler curtains with fancy hooks instead.

Thanks again, everyone!