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the d*s apt project: episode 5 [the bathroom]

Bathroom (Color Testing Close up)

my original vision for the bathroom had been something clean, minimalist and miami green colored. then we realized we had an old, rundown bathroom that really didn't look clean or minimalist [click here for full photo show, sorry- our painter is in the shots]. so, until we get a new sink unit, we're going to have to work with what we have, which is, well, not a lot. i tried the miami green- didn't work. then i thought what about butter/sun yellow? not so much. now we're stuck in the no man's land of "we'll find a color to match the showercurtain when we pick one." so now i'm searching for a simple but beautiful cloth fabric curtain (i'm tired of the plastic kind) to inspire a color palette. but we're drawing a blank so far. in the meantime, enjoy my color mistakes. any suggestions for fabric shower curtains?

Bathroom Ledge (Color Testing)

Bathroom (Right side)Bathroom (and Old Sink)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a shower curtain Susan Sargent (susansargent.com) has some lovely silhouettes on white, and beautiful (though pricey) paints as well.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "Zinnia" shower curtain at Garnet Hill is one I've been eyeing for months now. It's appealing, sunny colors are cheerful while the flower design is chic and sophisticated. This pattern makes a great focal point for a bathroom-in-progress!
here's the link:

1:03 PM  
Blogger jenny said...

I think this one from Chiasso is simple but interesting, not a typical shower curtain. and super cheap.

foster's urban homeware has some of the more interesting ones I've seen. Blocks is nice, for instance.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Regan said...

This may be more effort than it's worth to you, but shower curtains are so easy to make. (I mean, since I sadly cannot sew yet, so easy for someone else to make.) A friend of mine's parent's just bought a house in Nantucket, and her mom made a shower curtain out of this gorgeous matelasse coverlet to go with the blue toile bedroom. The best part is that you could choose anything and start your bathroom color scheme from that.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I have a Joseph Abboud shower curtain that I got at details. It wasn't cheap, but I love love love it. It's a metallic sheer fabric, sort of eggplant colored with the metallic part ranging toward the bronzey side. Sounds hideous, but it's a) gorgeous in reality b) masculine enough for my s.o. and c) transparent. I paired it with a clear vinyl liner. It makes my small bathroom feel that much bigger, because you can see through it to the wall but you can't see dirt or soap streaks or anything like that through the curtain.

3:59 PM  
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6:48 PM  
Blogger j/a/s/o/n said...

Hey there!
long time reader, first time comment.
the shower curtains at plush living are nice, if not a bit spendy.

7:27 PM  
Anonymous juj said...

not exactly minamilist but so much fun and definately inspirational - have you seen these? http://www.showercurtainart.com/

9:10 AM  
Anonymous erin t said...

A pale, shell pink, such as Benjamin Moore's Pink Sea Shell or Angel Pink, might make the room feel soothing yet fresh. You could then add in a bold print shower curtain to make it a little funky (and ensure that your powder room isn't too feminine for your significant other!) I like this Marimekko Kivet print shower curtain from C&B, not too steep at $24.95 (on sale from $40) http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=1630&f=9210&viewall=1

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, you guys are expensive. I have a lovely cloth shower curtain that came from target. part of the swell collection. remember it is just a shower curtain, and you will probably end up ruining it with bathroom bleach cleaner.

secondly, remember that you're probably going to spend a lot of time looking at yourself in a mirror in this tiny space. Green in particular will reflect back in your face and make your skin look like crud. pick something warm, light and flattering to your skin tone.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't find a shower curtain that I liked either, or that fit b/c I hung my shower rod extra-high to give a feeling of height to the bathroom. After measuring, I bought two window drapery panels and had a seamstress put grommets in (measured to match up with the grommets on the poly liner), sew the panels together with a center seam, and hemmed to the right length. Seamstress charged $30. Also, I have to agree with anonymous: green in a bathroom makes you look ghastly in the mirror---who needs that in the morning? good luck! Lara

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Alistair said...


we have an odly shaped bathroom, "L", with windows along one wall. Was off white and had ugly wall mounted spotlights. A couple of months ago I patched the walls and repainted. Its so hard to visualise colours on wall (if you are like me) but i had the idea i wanted it to look Mediterranean, so i rolled on a pale blue and ragged on a darker blue. Rough ragged, as if it was "blue-washed".

Well it looked more startling than i imagined, but hey, its only paint!

New wall sconce type lights added to the brightness and, and this was mentioned in other comment, made one's skin look quite pale, ooops!

But painting the trim around mirror and windows a terracota colour, and after putting up pictures the warmth came back to some degree.

I bought a cotton shower curtain, narrow blue and white stripes, and used a very cheap white pvc liner. It fits in well with colour scheme. I also replaced the curtain rod with some stainless steel tubing bought at "metal mart" (much nicer than the cheap chrome plated ones) and some of thsoe curtain hooks that have little rollers on them, they work perfectly.

My grandious plans for the wall included me trying to paint some simplistic ancient Greek type murals, still have to do that.

The point of this rambling post is that its only paint, and its fun to try things. Often we are so scared of making mistakes and fall back on middle of the road colour schemes.

good luck with your project.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Plangal said...

I really like the pink and brown thing that Restoration Hardware is doing...not that you'd have to get the curtain there, but perhaps the pink on the walls and a solid brown or brown print curtain.

11:06 AM  

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