I love my master bathroom, but it recently was in need of a little facelift. I designed and had my house built 17 years ago. My bathroom has seen some redecorating over the years, but the cabinets, tile, fixtures and mirror have remained the same. I almost always recommend white or neutral tile and fixtures (the expensive and messy part to change), so redecorating is easier and a large impact can be had for less.
So, here’s what I did this time…I have loved the wallpaper I had, but it was showing wear. So off it came (what a mess!) I opted to paint this time around. The large wall to wall and counter to ceiling mirror was feeling dated, so down it came to make room for two framed mirrors. I also wanted my lighting to change to sconces on either side of the individual mirrors instead of the single fixtures that shine down on your face (as I get older, I don’t need anymore shadows!). Lighting placed at the sides of your face is more flattering, and the light makes activities such as shaving and putting on make up easier.
As always, a plan was in order to determine the right size and proportion for the new mirrors and placement of the sconces. I originally thought I would do a painted stripe (since my wallpaper I had enjoyed had a subtle stripe pattern), but once finished I felt the stripe was not needed. I loved my light fixtures, and they coordinate with the chandelier in the room, so I took them to a metal artisan I work with and had him convert my two double arm sconces into four single arm sconces.
I am very happy with the results! The color I went with was PPG Porter paint: Banyan Green 7001-4. It works great with my existing custom drapes that were made with a beautiful F. Schumacher toile fabric. I love green. It is a great color to live with that you don’t easily tire of.
The frame I chose for the mirrors is simple,with a little contemporary edge to them which compliment the frames on my botanicals that hang on the opposing walls. The new back plates on the sconces look great and the finish is perfect (it pays to have good people to work with!). I was so happy I could have these reworked instead of starting completely over (I always try to reuse, repurpose, or recycle whenever possible).
Just a little modification can go a long way to update and freshen up any space. What spaces in your home are in need of a little facelift?