Pimp my bathroom! Help me transform my smallish shabby chic/cottage chic bathroom into as dreamy (and manly man-friendly) a bathing space as possible, on a budget.
I do not have the proper vocabulary to describe what I want to achieve in my bathroom, and it's making it hard for me to find inspiration online. Also, I don't quite know what I want. What I do know is that with my measily $300 budget I want to take my existing bathroom and make it as enticing a place I can possibly make it to take a bath.
Here's how I would describe our bathroom: light, large travertine tiles; mildly scuffed white claw foot tub; no shower curtain (we took it down and are thrilled with that ); half way up the walls there is white, plastic wainscoting; the rest of the way up is brand new "Athens Blue
" paint; white crown molding; sheer white breezy cotton curtain hanging over the one window; a super fugly chrome light ficture hanging on one wall; a similarly fugly large mirrored corner medicine cabinet
hung over a tiny, quaint, old-fashioned white basin sink with two taps (like this
but more quaint and a bit scuffed too), and a regular white toilet. We have a cheap chrome bath caddy
, fluffy white towels, fluffy white throw rugs, a white wicker laundry hamper, a simple white trash container, and a dark brown wooden basket for the airdryer etc. which is tucked away between the bath and the toilet. It's not bad - we actually love it - but I want to take the bathroom to the next level.
Here's what I would like: without spending more than ~ $300, a room that lures us in to luxuriate in a bath.
Here's how I would describe my style: I don't like shabby chic or cottage style decorating (but I recognize I've got some strong existing shabby/cottage style going on in the bathroom already). I like rooms that have a mixture of shiny (granite counters, hardwood floors, glass shower doors, shiny stainless steel appliances) and gently worn (worn old rugs, distressed wood cabinets or furniture, distressed metal, scuffed leather couch) together. I love light, sunlight, breezes, nature influences, but I also like the warmth of dark furniture, leather, etc. I don't like rooms that are overly stylized or crammed full of decorations. When a room can do both light and airy at times (i.e. windows open on a sunny day) and cozy and warm at other times (i.e. by fireplace on winter night), I'm thrilled. I love romance - i.e. tons of candles oozing wax all over the place, flowers galore. I don't like spaces or furniture to feel too generic, but I am not into antiquing and there's something I find off-putting about too many antiques in one place (like I'm living in a museum?). Most of the rooms in our house are strongly inspired by places we have traveled and loved (even the new "Athens Blue" color), but nothing has inspired us for this room. (We have been fortunate enough to bum around much of the world, so almost anywhere is game style-wise.) This bathroom
looks dreamy to me (but I can't imagine being able to incorporate any of these elements into a small second floor bathroom.)
Ideas? I think I should get a new light fixture for the wall, but I'm not finding one that looks 'right' with the kind of room I'm trying to create. I think I need a dimmer, and a way to incorporate tons of candles and possibly vases. I think a table squeezed in by the bath would be helpful for resting a cocktail, but in the way the rest of the time. A good bath pillow would help. And an upgraded bath caddy for the resting of the book. And/or a distressed wood shelf for resting cocktails, candles, vases (I would hang it above the wainscoting within reach of the bath) but I haven't been able to find one online that isn't too rustic. Maybe a ledge for our ipod + ipod player?
- Great bathroom design blogs for inspiration (I've been reading apartment therapy and designsponge, but finding it hard to filter just to see bathrooms)
- stores that sell the kind of products I'm inartfully describing
- design blog + links to actually purchase items
- design blogs geared toward people who favor distressed wood + eclectic international inspiration + sunlight + shiny but not modern