In the course of our house fixup, on our way to the big bangs (master bedroom, front door, and culling 27 years of kids’ stuff so there’s space for my new Albert & Dash rug) I’ve stumbled upon a couple of nice small improvements. The first, which I’ve shown you, was the laundry room. The second, the master bath.
All I did was choose non-white paint for the walls. But I’m jumping to the end, let’s backtrack.
Maria Killam, one of the interior design bloggers you all introduced me to, espouses a concept in which hard surfaces can be bossy. Yes oh yes they can. For 23 years I’ve been living under the rule of muddy purplish-gray bathroom tile. I have no one but myself to blame, as I approved the choice. My only excuse is that the recommending architect had a British accent, and was a tall acquaintance of my father.
The offending tiles are big and very square, grout lines pronounced. The walls used to be white-ish, as you can just about see in last year’s post on repurposing wedding crystal.
The cabinets used to be a light wood veneer. Like this, in the front powder room. On the shelf you see clay thingies my son and daughter made in school. Surely you also decorate with artifacts from your children’s glorious past?
When first we remodeled, the light wood, chrome and gray scheme passed for Scandinavian modern. But over the years, the cabinets yellowed, veneers shredded, tile oppressed.
When we repainted, I knew we’d have to take on the failing cabinets. I assumed we’d paint the bathrooms all-over white-ish. That’s what you do, right? But hold up! When I saw the cabinets with primer on, looking kind of whitewashed and taupe-y, I changed my mind. Gather ye inspiration where you may.
I tortured my painter for a week, at least, to get the color right. First I insisted the walls needed a purple tint. That was stupid. Then I finally did what normal people would have done immediately, I went to a paint store. Benjamin Moore got closest with Dellwood Sand. My painter was a Kelly Moore guy, so he recreated the color onsite.
Several swatches later, here we are. The space feels so much better. The bathroom has two skylights, and we left the ceiling and door white, to maximize light.
The tile is still too big and square. The grout, too visible. I can’t decide if it’s good or bad that the glass block in the shower matches. At least the design repents not.
But this Rosier Than It Looks In Photos Sandy Brown Who Knows What To Call it Maybe Taupe has – to my eye – warmed the space and, polished it, all at once. I love a pair of neutrals.
Of course, the new color forced me to replace pale blue towels with new white ones. (Oh, and they are organic cotton.) But that kind of color bullying I can embrace.
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