Home Decor: Guest Bathroom

My kids are all potty trained and are getting a little neater in general so I went ahead and redecorated the guest bathroom. I call it “guest” but we don’t have too many guests. Mostly the kids and their friends use this bathroom. But, it is on the main floor and when guests do come, this is the bathroom they use. So I wanted it to look nice.

I bought a gallon of paint last summer from the reject pile at Lowes. I loved the color and knew I’d use it somewhere. $5 instead of $33 was too good to pass up. The color in the can is a very dark teal and some of these pictures reflect that but when standing in my bathroom it looks like a very solid navy.

I like to use the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer before I paint in order to make sure I’ll like the “after”. It still takes a bit of time and obviously it always looks a little different in real life but using this tool gives me a much better idea of what I’m getting myself into.

Since it is a tiny room, I wanted to do something a little more cool and unexpected. I thought I wanted stripes. In the Visualizer I played around with stripes of all colors and widths, horizontal and vertical. To me, it ended up looking like a collegiate bedroom. Not what I was going for. So I started re-browsing my saved photos in Houzz and came across this. I love how this designer used paint geometrically to set apart this corner of the room. It is a clean line with a subtle but big impact. Can subtle and big impact be used to describe the same thing? Well I guess it can.

Contemporary Living Room by Portland Interior Designers & Decorators Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

So using that as inspiration I drew up a design (in Visualizer). I immediately knew I had what I wanted. It is different. It’s not what you’re used to seeing. But it doesn’t look strange or unappealing. Not to me, at least. In fact, I LOVE IT!

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The photograph over the toilet was moved from the master bathroom because it worked here. I took this in downtown Ogden a few years ago. The signs say 128 Roosevelt Hotel. Private Baths, Steam Heat. Restrooms are for tenants only.
I don’t own a wide-angle lens so you’ll have to look at the pictures and use your imagination for how the back wall looks. It comes to a point in the middle and then up and over the door on the adjoining wall.

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The shelf was a wedding gift. It fits perfectly in the diagonal corner (again with the oxymorons). I’m not very good at decorating shelves because I don’t really care for decorative items. But I had all these things and just put them on there. I had originally thought I’d be hanging a plant or diy mobile or something in that corner but then I remembered we had some peacock feathers that we got when we visited the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple a few weeks ago. Bingo!

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Notice the new soap pump is the same one I raved about in my kitchen except here it is gray.

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The rug was a little difficult for me. I’m realizing I’m picky with my textiles. I knew I wanted my rug to fill up the floor. I didn’t want something small just in front of the sink or toilet. Something bigger would make it feel more spacious and finished. It was hard to find something the right size that was also machine washable (needed for obvious reasons). I looked all over including online and wouldn’t you know I found it at Walmart. I like how the flowy-flowery pattern contrasts with the sharp lines on the wall but it took me a few days of mulling it over before I decided to keep it. I am hoping it looks cool and not old-fashioned. Anyhow, I like the visual impact it carries.

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I used to want the bathroom door closed at all times but now I don’t mind when the kids leave it open. It makes me smile when I go in there and that is rare for a bathroom, I’ve gotta say.

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