Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bathroom Inspiration

This is the long wall in our en suite bathroom.   Do you see the problems? 



A few years ago I painted the walls a soft gray-blue colour, which I still love, but we had never got around to making any other improvements in the bathroom or even hanging art on the walls.  In short, this bathroom just does not zing!

I have been pondering what to do to fix the problems with the long wall.  And I think I may have some solutions.

Since it is a bathroom, I didn't want to hang any art that cost too much or would be damaged by moisture.   My solution was to frame six black-and-white photos, taken at the cottage last summer.  That way we would enjoy looking at them, but I could easily replace them if they got damaged by humidity.  See here they are in their white IKEA frames, just waiting to be hung up in the bathroom.

The builder's basic towel rack is one huge obstacle to any change in the bathroom. How to remove that treasure?  Anyone know?  There are no screws so I'm thinking it will be a demolition effort with a big hole in the wall.  

This got me to thinking about how to deal with the large hole in the wall I will be making, since I don't seem to be able to patch walls so they are perfect.  One idea would be to put raised panels on the wall.  That would have the advantage of adding some interest to the wall, while partially covering the badly-patched-previously-demolished wall area. 

Source: Style at Home magazine

Source: Chris at Just Beachy

While I love the look of raised panels - a lot - I was still worried about how smooth the patch on the wall would be when we take the towel rack off, and it would show between the raised panels.  So plan B would involve installing beadboard on the lower part of the wall.  This would have the advantage of fully covering any ghastly drywall patches, while still adding some interest to the wall.  A mini-ledge along the top would finish the top edge as well as giving a perfect spot to sit the photo frames (notice in the bottom inspiration photo they have done that). 
Source: Chris at Just Beachy
Source: Country Living

I'm definitely leaning toward the beadboard as I think it will cover more of the imperfections. What do you think?  Do you prefer raised panels or beadboard?

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  1. Mmmm - I am all about the raised panels. It's simply elegant. Especially in the 2nd photo it looks so polished.

    Having said that, beadboard is lovely too.. I think it's a little more relaxed, but i love the last photo with top edge.

  2. I love raised panels and beadboard but I think I perfer raised panel in a dining or living area. I would go with beadboard in either the bathroom or laundry room.

    Have fun with this! Renovating is so much fun.
    Pamela :)

  3. You have lots of options and fun ahead. Love that last picture!

  4. You're not alone...our master bathroom needs some attention yet we've never bothered to do anything about it. I look forward to seeing how you spruce up yours...maybe it will inspire me to finally do something lol

  5. Welcome Vitania. I'm so torn between beadboard and raised panelling too - I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.

    Hi Pamela. I never thought about beadboard being better suited to the kitchen and bathroom and raised panelling for the living/dining rooms. It puts a whole new spin on things.

    Welcome Sage. I love that picture as well. My photos will be all lined up, because I just can't help myself, but I do admire the overlapping pictures that are in the inspiration picture.

    Hi Jin. I'm glad that I'm going to inspire you, because you are inspiring me to get to work on this room so I have something to show you soon.

  6. Sounds great! I do like the color of the room, too. It is calming and relaxing -- one that is a comfort, I'm sure, to wake up to. The pictures? Lovely!

    I like the changes you have in mind. I personally prefer raised panels. I had some done in my bedroom and just adore them. It's just that bit of interest needed...

    I can't wait to see the results :)

  7. thanks for including my blog images , good luck with your bathroom

  8. I'm partial to the beadboard. I'm sure whatever you decide on will be lovely. I do love the color of your bathroom.


  9. STOP - don't rip that towel rack off the wall yet! It is probably secured with set screws on the underside of each bar support. The set screws can be unscrewed using an allen (hex) wrench. The bar supports will then easily slip off brackets attached to the wall.
    If your wall is long enough, you could install two towel bars side by side, with the ends of the bars in the same position as the current ends (thus covering up the small screw holes that are already in your wall.) I am the towel bar/towel ring/toilet paper holder installer at my house and it really isn't too difficult. I use self-drilling drywall anchors to secure my bath hardware to the wall. Good luck!

    Susan in San Antonio