I'm pretty excited about the simple updates we made to the bathroom. It's probably the strangest room in the house with a mix of good elements and not so good elements. The floors are black and white hexagon tiles, while the sink is a sort of porcelain bowl set on top of a slate slab on the vanity. The tub and shower surround is a putty tone....
I love a luxurious bath, but for this house I think the right direction was to keep the design more conservative and traditional. I was inspired by the Georgian period baths of London and the New York baths that look like they were built in the late 30's and 40's. The details I kept in mind are mixing the finishes, adding a chair rail (I would tile if it were feasible and this wasn't a rental) and a minimal color palette of black, white and off white.
Initially I was going to paint these walls a white as well, but after staring at the tub for a few days, I accepted why the color was chosen. I came to the conclusion that if I painted the walls a white, the tub would stick out like a sore thumb, which is certainly not something I wanted to happen. My genius surprise solution however, was to keep the putty (actually it was Aged Beige by Behr) color on the walls, paint all the moldings, the vanity unit and the door the White Dove. Here's the kicker, The walls below the chair rail are painted a dark charcoal gray to coordinate with the slate vanity top.
I convinced Jack to help with the chair rail. He finally agreed to cutting down the pieces for me... He thought it was going to be a waste to add them to the space but the way I look at it, this is a small expense for something that makes a great difference. One thing to mention, the ceilings are low in this space, which means to retain the proper proportions in placing the chair rail we set it about 1/3 the height of the ceilings. Which should be about 28" from the floor. We ended up setting them at 29" because of how they matched up to the vanity and window moldings. You can see how the dark paint makes the radiator recede and the new Aged Beige color is a better tone than the original creamy yellow.
The mirror was an awful plastic big box store mirror that had to go as soon as possible. Luckily, within our first week here I found an oval wood framed mirror at an antique store in Georgetown called District. We also found our barstools there, and enjoyed a great conversation with the owner. As for the hardware and light fixture, I'm thinking about mixing in brass with the existing chrome. I added the hooks I found on sale at Anthropologie. They are also selling knobs in the same style that I purchased for the cabinet, they're still on their way in the mail. The light fixture will probably end up being a flush mount with brass accents. I'm not entirely sure about what to do with the storage cabinet. I'd love to figure out something for the shelf doors. I think the cabinet is too cheap to swap them out for mirror and the ribbed glass makes it a little challenged to add a layer of vinyl. Other additions to the space are, the shaving mirror and the glass shelf, which I swapped in for the original one. This new is a better match to the other chrome accessories.