In the Mood: Making a Splash

via Pure Nature Photos on Etsy

For our Lower Level Bathroom, I want to go with a softer look than in the Boys’ Bathroom. This bathroom serves multiple functions.  It is the bathroom that my mother will use.  It is the bathroom that we will use from  the family room and the office.  It is also the bathroom that will be used when coming in from the pool.  Speaking of pools and water, that was my inspiration for this bathroom.  The image above beautifully evokes the watery feeling I’m going for.

I didn’t want to go with a more expected blue, I want more of an acqua.  Since this will be my mother’s main bathroom, I thought that a greener color would work nicely with the celadon pieces she collected in Thailand, including one celadon soap dish in the shape of a fan, which she procured during one of her stays at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok.  It’s one of her favorite hotels in the world, so I figured a subtle reference to a place she holds dear would be a nice touch given her most recent health issues.

1. ByGone Classic Light

2. Bancroft shower and handshower kit by Kohler

3. Bancroft faucet by Kohler

4. 48″ Bella vanity with white Carrara marble top

5. 25″ beveled edge frameless mirror

I want the bathroom to have nice finishes and be ever so slightly feminine. The bun feet on the vanity,  the rounded mirror and the curvy hardware add to that look .  BTW – on the mirror you’ve probably seen the look before, but when I found it at Lowe’s for way cheaper, I didn’t hesitate.  The items I hard the hardest time with in this bathroom, strangely, were the sconces. I was looking at some sconces at Restoration Hardware when they were on 25% off sale. I love their design.  But, the sconce I was looking at had a shade made of fabric.  Even though the silk is supposed to be treated to be moisture resistant, I was still not convinced, especially as this bathroom doesn’t have any windows.

I’ve narrowed down my tile choices for this bathroom.  Again, I plan to mix high and low and keep it bright.  All the white tile will be standard tile from Home Depot.  I’m planning on using the 4″x4″ at just $1.25 sq/ft, mixed with a chair rail, and a square mosaic tile for the shower floor.  The floor will have 12″x12″ Ming Green tile, with a mosaic detail.  My big splurge is the green accent tile for the shower stall.  It’s Walker Zanger  and is $15.95 A PIECE.  I’m 90% convinced I’m going to use it, but with the hits the budget has been taking, if I can find something pretty, but cheaper, I may change my mind.

So, this is the plan.  Like?

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