Now that things are coming together in my bathroom, I’ve finally been able to make the rest of the design decisions for the room. Starting with…
Vanity Color – Light Teal Or Dark Teal?:
I’ve decided to go with the dark teal, Behr’s Mythic Forest, for the vanity. The dark teal just speaks to me right now. Light teal is Condo Kristi. Dark teal is House Kristi.
Wall Color – Neutral Or Color?:
Almost from the beginning of this project, I knew I wanted white wainscoting in the room and a colorful vanity. And since I was going with a colorful vanity, I just assumed that the upper part of my walls needed to be a light neutral color. In fact, I even bought a gallon of neutral paint for the walls (something like Chocolate Froth, I think). But I’m almost ready to paint the walls, and I just can’t seem to get myself to love the idea of neutral. I blame it on these two bathrooms that I posted the other day.
I’m such a sucker for blues and greens mixed together, and I love the look of having one color on the vanity, and another non-neutral color on the walls. Of course, my bathroom will be different since I’m using a more saturated color on the vanity. But I’m still going to add color — specifically, green — to the walls. I think it’ll breathe some life into the room.
So I picked up four samples of green, all of which I pulled directly out of the shower curtain fabric.
On the paint cards, all of those colors looked so pretty, and I was almost certain I’d go with the top right, which is called Outback. But as soon as I got it on the wall, it just fell flat, as did the one below it, which is Tate Olive. And the one on the bottom left, called Ryegrass, looked “muddy” to me.
So in the end, I decided on the top left color, called Crisp Celery. It’s the truest green of the options. It’s not so bright that it looks like it belongs in a child’s room, but it still looks light and fresh in the room. I think it looks great with the dark teal that I’m going to use on the vanity, and since green is “nature’s neutral,” I think it looks really pretty with the wood in the room.
Wainscoting Design – Recessed Panel Or Picture Frame Moulding?:
I’ve gone back and forth on this for the last month, and while I do have a clear favorite, it kind of comes down to the one I can make work around the vanity, while still getting the look I want. So the options are picture frame moulding, which is what we used in my mom’s bathroom…
Here’s another beautiful example of picture frame moulding…
The other option, which is my favorite, is the recessed panel wainscoting.
That bathroom also has a tile border at the top of the wainscoting, which is similar to what I’ll be doing.
This recessed panel style is what I did on the pony walls that I built a couple of months ago.
So it all came down to which one I can make work around the vanity, and the issue was the baseboards. It’s hard to describe the issue when you’re not standing in the bathroom looking at the areas as I explain the problems. But suffice it to say that the recessed panel style, used with a separate baseboard like I did on the pony walls, sticks out from the wall too far (almost 1.5 inches total) and creates problems around the vanity. So if I go with the recessed panel style, I’ll have to go without the baseboards (which means it’ll look like the bathroom two pictures above, and not like my pony walls). Not the end of the world, of course, but I just really love the whole look that I created on the pony wall, so it all came down to whether or not I’d be happy with a modified version. With picture frame moulding, I’d be able to have the baseboards, but of course, no recessed panel.
But after all of that, I still think I’ve decided on the recessed panels with no separate baseboards.
Linen Storage – Floating Shelves Or Complete Built-In?
Almost from the beginning of this project, I’ve been planning on adding a lower cabinet where the linen closet used to be, with open, floating shelves above it. The wall color would continue around that area, and the shelves would probably be the trim color. So that would look something like this, except I’d have a lower cabinet where the toilet is…
With that design, the same backsplash that is around the vanity (which is basically the tile border along the top of the wainscoting) would also continue around the top of the lower cabinet in the linen storage area. Then I’d have probably three floating shelves above.
But I’ve been looking at other bathroom storage ideas lately, and the ones that look like complete built-in cabinets seem to appeal to me more.
And I really like the sparkle added with the glass shelves in this built-in storage.
So I’m definitely going with the built-in look instead of floating shelves. I think it has a more custom look. Now I just need to decide if I want wood or glass shelves.
Still lots to do, but it’s all coming together!