How Does Your Bathroom Measure Up?

I have to start this by saying that I really am not obsessed with bathrooms, although looking back over my past posts you may think I am. Now that I’ve said that, here’s another bathroom-related post!

I recently spent a great weekend in NYC — specifically in Brooklyn. (On a side note, if you’ve never been to Brooklyn, I highly suggest that you make it part of your next trip to NYC. It’s a wonderful borough full of great restaurants, shops, a farmer’s market and a beautiful park.) As you all know by now, I notice things like decor. While there, we dined at many great restaurants, all of which were beautiful and unique until I made it to the ladies room.

I left a beautifully-decorated seating area and once inside the ladies room (of one restaurant in particular) entered what looked like a roadside rest stop bathroom. Ewww! It was like night and day. The friends we were visiting live in the area and shared in my observations.

I couldn’t understand why the restaurant had stopped decorating at the bathroom threshold. In all fairness, most restaurants we visited had lovely bathrooms and this made me very happy. I feel that a bathroom should match the rest of the building. It should not be an afterthought, but a factor in the intial and overall design plan.

This got me thinking about our homes, specifically our bathrooms — do they “match” the rest of our homes' decor? Bathrooms are such small spaces (even when they are big, they are small compared to our living spaces), and they can be overlooked.

 {From:  Farrow & Ball .}

{From: Farrow & Ball.}

I recently worked with a client on her master bed and bathroom. Through paint and a few accessories I was able to transform her bathroom to match the bedroom, which also received a slight update. It’s now a room they enjoy spending time in, versus just a room they have to use out of necessity. Don’t you deserve a room like that?

 {From:  D  esign Sponge .}

{From: Design Sponge.}

How does your bathroom measure up? Would a fresh coat of paint and new window treatments breath new life into it? Should you retire the mats on the floor? Add art, a new mirror and a colorful shower curtain. Who knows, it might just become your favorite room in the house! 

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