Blue wallpaper with mini pink, peach, and white flowers, and a matching border with complimentary colors. This is not a Throw-back Thursday Facebook post. This happens to be a real-life, present day nightmare that I live with every day – my master bathroom. It’s true that our master bedrooms and master baths don’t get the immediate attention that other room makeovers get because they’re the two rooms that your guests rarely see. Now, this remodeling project is front and center in our house.
I love coastal cottage styles, so I’ve been looking for some design inspiration in Coastal Living magazine and Houzz.com. I love neutral colors, tasteful stripes, and plantation blinds. I especially love the look of weathered wood. For my flooring, I’ve already picked out a porcelain tile that resembles weathered wood planks, appropriately named, Antique Chateau.
Of course, to me, the one element that screams coastal cottage is wainscoting and decorative moulding and trim. I especially love wide moulding profiles and the paneled look of wainscoting and beadboard because it adds a bit of historic flavor to any room.
I love the combination of the wainscoting and the wide moulding base and chair rail profiles that frame the wainscoting in this picture I found on the Inteplast Building Products website. Wall moulding is such a versatile, easy, but stunning way to dress up any wall and add character to make a strategic design impact. The best part is you can buy pre-finished, multi-use moulding from any building supply store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, that doesn’t need painting – unless you want to – and comes in so many styles and options the hardest part will be deciding what look you want.
I think wainscoting or beadboard are perfect for bathrooms because they invoke old-world charm where craftsmanship was the rule, not an upcharge. You can install them at any height, not just half way up to meet the chair rail. I love that it evokes a coastal or cottage vibe, and not just a country aesthetic.
The other design element in this image that strikes my fancy is the wide window valances. They’re so elegant, but at the same time, casual enough to fit any décor setting – urban, country, coastal, you name it. Oh, and I can’t forget the claw foot bathtub. You can’t have a coastal cottage without one!
For my DIYer pals out there, let me know where you are finding your bathroom design inspiration these days. I’d love to see how you incorporate moulding and trim ideas into your rooms. Also, check out my Pinterest board as I continue to collect bathroom ideas!