And just like that, the first room in our house is done. Well, at least for now. Backing it up, as I wrote about previously, this bathroom is on our main floor and is the one most frequently used by guests, so I wanted it to make a strong impression that was true to our style.
We started out with a slightly sad butter yellow room with dingy board and batten, an old builder grade vanity, mirror and light fixtures. I have a whole post dedicated to the before photos over here, but I’m sharing a few here to set the tone.
And then I set forth the design plan, which leaned heavily on high contrast black walls with white board and batten, a warm brass mirror and faucet and a high-gloss black vanity. I also incorporated some natural materials, like a bamboo wastebasket and wood tray to bring warmth and character to the space.
Looking at the design plan, I’d say that the final room definitely stayed true to the plan.
A few small things that changed: I ended up going with a slightly different Schoolhouse Electric sconce with an articulating arm in order to amp up the drama and make the most of the vertical space visually.
And here are the after photos.
So. Much. Better.
I’m going to do a full post on the faux Roman shades, because they were definitely an exercise in nailing the look I wanted in a creative way without spending nearly as much as I should have for a Roman shade in a stunning designer fabric.
I also wanted to speak to the black walls – they’re dramatic and totally unexpected, and I’m completely obsessed with them. But, we definitely get less light into the room now with fewer reflective surfaces. It doesn’t bother me at all, because this is a bathroom, not a space we’re constantly using, but I do think I would hesitate to go super dark in a frequently used space in the house in the future.
And the sources:
Wall Paint: Sherwin Williams Black Magic in Semi Gloss
Trim Paint: Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White in Semi Gloss
Vanity Paint: Benjamin Moore Advance in Black
Lucite Vanity Knobs: Etsy
Brass Sconce: Schoolhouse Electric
Brass Mirror: Restoration Hardware (found at the outlet)
Brass Faucet: Harrison Brassworks (sourced off Craigslist)
Towel Ring: Vintage
Monogrammed Hand Towel: Pottery Barn
Persian Rug: Vintage from my fave rug shop on ebay
Flushmount Light Fixture: Pottery Barn
Brass Toilet Flush: Amazon
Art Print: Mai Autumn
Toilet Paper Holder: Anthropologie
Shower Curtain Rod: Overstock
Shower Curtain Rings: Homegoods
Shower Curtain: Pottery Barn
Roman Shade Fabric: Schumacher Zimba in Charcoal
It’s funny, in looking over the list of sources, I realize a lot of pieces came from Pottery Barn. And yet, to me, this room doesn’t look like Pottery Barn. It’s a nice reminder of how you can make individual pieces your own in a space that mixes and matches both new and vintage and different retail shops. It’s ALL about the mix to make a style feel unique to your style and like it represents your own personality.
If you’re looking for more ideas for upgrading a bathroom on a budget: great looking peel and stick tile and this medicine cabinet makeover.