A sweet friend recently sent me a pic of her guest bathroom, and asked, “Why do I hate this bathroom?” She just didn’t know where to start. It’s for guests, but it’s also the primary bathroom for her two boys. Part of her struggle was the warm, traditional granite. So many people have this exact issue that I decided to write about it here on the blog.
For starters, this space has a lot going for it: tons of storage, high ceilings, and a pretty light fixture.
Her entire house has cream walls, so I suggested a beige/cream wall paint like SW Accessible Beige (which is actually a warm gray) or Manchester Tan (more of a true beige). A lighter ivory would also work, such as Greek Villa. These have enough brown in them to coordinate with the warm colors in the granite. The colors in the design board read a little cool. That’s why it’s so important to try them in your space.
The lighter wall color will coordinate with the existing cabinets, and it will cause the cabinet above the toilet to stand out less, visually. Lighter colors also help a small space feel larger.
I also suggested switching out the light bulbs for something brighter and whiter. Another update would be to substitute the existing mirror for something less “heavy.” I love the idea of adding an oval mirror with a gold frame. Everything in the space is oil rubbed bronze finishes, so adding the brass will be interesting but still coordinate with existing fixtures.
When it comes to styling, I suggested some inexpensive art from Target in warm colors. To keep it interesting, I love these warm terracotta towels from the CasaLuna brand. I have these, and the quality is amazing. I’d stick with the same color for the rug.Â I love the idea of simple white towels, but this is a boys’ bathroom. Darker colors here are the more practical choice.
This warm beige shower curtain has a pretty linen texture. Another pop of texture is found in the toilet basket. I have these in almost every bathroom in my house. It adds color and a natural texture. Adding a faux plant brings some life into the windowless space.
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