When Shannon wrote to us in need of some color advice for her upstairs master bath & laundry area, we whipped out our paint swatches and got right down to business. Here’s her letter:
We need some help with our oddly divided upstairs bathroom/laundry room. We’d like to turn what seems like a disjointed area (due to the two different types of flooring and wacky yellow paint) into a swanky, calm, spa-esque master bath. I’d like to be able to feel as if I’m getting ready in a big master suite/dressing area and I have a vision of some soothing neutral color. We want something that flows with the greeny-gray master bedroom (Glidden’s Distant Haze) and something that unifies this whole space with its hardwood, linoleum floor, and the existing taupe faux-marbled bathroom sink (it’s not fooling anyone but we don’t want to spring to replace it just yet). We’d also like your recommendation for how to handle the slanted ceilings. One of the slanted ceilings in the bathroom is painted yellow, but the one above the framed nook is white. We’re pretty open to color but this space tends to feel a bit claustrophobic, so we think anything too dark would be too much. Muted tones appeal to us, and I haven’t seen you guys do anything I haven’t liked. We can’t wait to see what you guys whip up! Thanks so much! -Shannon (and Tim)
Well Shannon was onto something when she mentioned the mismatched feeling in the space. Due to all the different flooring, wall colors and textiles in the room there’s a serious lack of consistency. To create that soothing spa feeling that Shannon and her hubby are seeking, we think one crisp and deliberate color on the walls (and all the slanted eves of the room) will unify everything, add height to the space and draw the eye up from the mismatched flooring (instead of slicing the space up into quadrants). So without further ado, three fresh and fabulous color scheme suggestions for Shannon’s soon-to-be-swankified space:
You’ll notice that the first and last color in each palette are identical, while the middle tones change from a neutral beige tone to a golden hue and then a lighter gray-green color. These subtle changes will actually make quite a difference but it’s all up to Shannon and Tim to choose the palette that they prefer. Of course picking up all the suggested paint swatches and bringing them into their space will really help determine a winner (and really bring the simulated colors above to life). But enough jibber jabber. Here we go…
Now for the color scheme breakdown.
1. The paint swatch in the back of the first palette represents the greeny-gray color that already exists in Shannon’s adjoining master bedroom. We wanted to include this color in the mood board so she could see how it would work with the color palette that we’re suggesting for the master bath/laundry room and also because we think it’s the best color option when it comes to painting the vanity. It’ll keep things cohesive, we already know it’s a color that Shannon and Tim like, and it’s the darkest tone in the room to keep the walls light and airy and open by comparison. And a rich greeny-gray sink base is so fresh and Martha-Stewart-fabulous that we can’t wait to see how it all turns out. Just one coat of primer and two coats of Glidden’s Distant Haze in semi-gloss for wipability will do the trick. Then for the walls, we think a gorgeous classic taupe (Glidden’s Basic Beige in semi-gloss) will look rich yet open to create a spa-like neutral escape for Shannon and Tim. The top swatch in this palette represents the creamy-tan tone of the sink top, which will work seamlessly with the rest of our palette (and definitely become less of a focal point thanks to the gorge gray-green paint job on the vanity and the unified light tan tone on the walls). Lastly, painting out all the baseboard, molding and trim in a semi-gloss white will add polish to the entire space.
2. The bottom color in our second palette is again Glidden’s Distant Haze which is the color of the adjoining bedroom and the color that we think Shannon should definitely paint her existing white vanity. But this time the middle tone will take on a more greeny-golden color, with rich yellow undertones to set a seriously swank atmosphere in the space (try Glidden’s Brocade Cream again in semi-gloss). It will work with the existing tone of the faux marble sink (represented by the top color swatch) and also inject a certain sense of luxury to the space (there’s no way this regal tone could be mistaken for builder white or an expected neutral). Again glossy white trim will finish everything off, and for all three of these solutions we think that Shannon should take the wall color all the way up to the ceiling (including all the eves and slated areas in the room) for added height and cohesion in the space.
3.This last palette will feel really zen and spa like, thanks to the same gray-green tone from the bedroom that we again suggest for the sink base and a lighter subtle gray-green for the walls. Using an even paler grey-green tone to wash the walls will also complement everything from the mix & matched flooring to the faux-marble sink and create a soothing and soft space (try Glidden’s Enchanting Land again in the semi-gloss). And because it’s such a soothing and subtle green, it won’t feel overwhelming and will actually feel open and airy after passing through the darker gray-green bedroom. Heaven.
So there it is. Three ways that Shannon can completely transform her bathroom and laundry nook (especially since she also plans to add new graphic black and white roman shades, brushed nickel hardware, and some h new Ralph Lauren towels). Deee-lightful! We actually can’t even pick a favorite palette this time, but we’d love to know what you guys think- especially you Shannon!