For background, our contractor, Craftsman Design and Renovation installed the wrong color subway tile downstairs. Yes, the wrong color tile. They were supposed to install the reproduction white (I believe it is called Avalon) but, instead, they installed gloss white.
And since we had expected to install the reproduction white tile, we ordered the St. Thomas Creations bathroom fixtures in balsa, which exactly matched the Avalon tile sample. While the color difference is not great, it is definitely there, especially on sunny days. And it bugs me. (It's hard to find a good picture that shows the color difference well.)
|This is the half bathroom on the main floor. The fixtures are balsa finish, while the tile is glossy white.|
Also, I bought the toilet for upstairs bathroom before I had purchased the subway tile. It is a Toto Promenade in Colonial White. It turns out, that it looks pretty good against the white subway tile, but is lighter colored than the Historic White tile we eventually ended up finding at that auction for the master bathroom.
|This is the Toto Promenade toilet in colonial white, |
installed in the basement against the glossy white tiles.
We can install the Toto toilet we bought for the master bathroom in the main floor bathroom and then move that balsa toilet upstairs into the master bathroom. The main problem with this, of course, is that then the sink in the half bath would no longer match the toilet, so I would have to buy a new Toto sink.
A visit to the Toto website shows two reasonably acceptable lavatory sinks: the Promenade and the Guinevere.
|Toto Promenade Ped. Lavatory|
|Toto Guinevere Ped. Lavatory|
Both of these sinks fit in the space, but the Promenade sink is bigger and totally fills the available space and is pretty tight against the toilet. Jeff is concerned it would make the bathroom feel tight and uncomfortable. He thinks the Guinevere would fit better, but the pedestal design isn't a match to the toilet. Is it weird to care that the sink and the toilet are not from the same decor line, as long as they are the same brand and color?
Overall, I'm not sure how the cost will work out, as we'll have to buy a new flush lever for both of the toilets as they're currently the wrong finish. And we may end up hiring a plumber to uninstall and reinstall the lavatory, and I'm not sure how much that will cost.
So, is it just stupid to care that these fixtures do not match the tile of the bathrooms they're installed in? Am I being too much of a perfectionist? What would you guys do?