Plumber: Colorful reactions to older toilet color question | Siouxland Homes

Question: Ed: I enjoyed your column on adapting a new toilet to a bathroom from the 1970s where the original toilet color is no longer available. Her advice to go with a white toilet was helpful. What are toilet colors today and how do you think they will age?

Answer: Color matching older plumbing fixtures can be difficult. I have received emails saying that some device specialist manufacturers may be able to help if you do a detailed internet search. With that in mind, let’s talk about today’s trendy toilet colors.

Current popular luminaire colors that I’ve been working with lately can be summed up with the words “natural and safe”. By natural I mean earthy tones and by safe I mean light colors. That’s good news because white and off-white glow colors tend to stay stylish, while deep / saturated colors can come and go.

Some of my new favorite toilet colors are buffed white (with a stone-like finish) and off-white colors like cane sugar, biscuit, and sea salt. For those who like bolder plumbing fixtures, look for colors like indigo blue, black plum, and thunder gray.

Keep in mind that today’s flashy toilets may not have a very bright future.

(Master Contractor / Plumber Ed Del Grande is internationally known as the author of Ed Del Grande’s House Call, moderator of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED Green Associate. Visit or write to [email protected] Always consult local contractors and regulations.)

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