Master Bathroom – Balancing Feminine and Masculine

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I can’t believe that I am typing these words, but the master bathroom is finally done! D.O.N.E. DONE! It took forever, but I absolutely love how everything came together. My goals for this room were to paint the walls a fun vibrant color, incorporate more plants, brighten up the space, and balance feminine with masculine. Goals met! 

I really wanted to work on the master bathroom after we finished upgrading our daughter’s bathroom. I just couldn’t get enough of the space and was spending my time getting ready in there instead of our bathroom. I’d been dying to do something in our master bathroom but Jesse was fine with things the way they were. Which is typical. So rather than argue I just moved all my makeup and hair products to the “girly” bathroom. 

We had been putting off getting our shower stall regrouted for awhile, but when we finally decided to get that done I figured why not tackle the rest of the room too. Jesse was on board for painting the cabinets and I agreed to undertake the walls by myself. Everything took waaaaayyyy longer than expected, but I’m so glad it finally came together. 

Painting the cabinets was the first thing to get done. It made such a huge difference in our daughter’s bathroom that we knew we wanted it done in ours. Our house has all wooden trim and doors and it can be kind of dark and overwhelming, so painting cabinets is a nice way to break up all the wood. In my dreams we will one day paint all of the wood trim have someone paint all of the wood trim. For now, just doing the cabinets works. It’s amazing what a little paint and some new hardware will do! I got the knobs on sale from Anthropologie. They were a bit of a splurge, but oh so worth it. 

Then it was time to paint the walls. I knew I wanted something just as bright and fun as the blue in Mara’s bathroom, but in green. The color I chose is Olympic’s French Market and as cheesy as it sounds, it does make me think of France. It’s just so fresh and vibrant. I’m a little obsessed. 

After painting the cabinets white and the walls a feminine green I was concerned that I was going to make the room too “girly.” Jesse didn’t really care as long as I didn’t bring in pink accents (I thought about it). Ultimately, I decided that the room needed a few more masculine elements for balance. I brought back the wood IKEA RIBBA frames that were hanging there before and found a large mirror on Craigslist (which I updated with some dark stain). I know it may sound a bit silly to bring in more wood when I was just complaining about all the wood trim, but for some reason this made sense. 

The frames house a few photos of flowers that I took on our trip to Europe a few years back. I always have to work something sentimental into each room and these prints definitely make me smile. The top photo was taken outside of Kensington palace and the middle one was taken in Scotland at the Glasgow Cathedral. The bottom photo I actually took when we got back but tulips are my favorite flower, so I had to include it. 

For an added masculine touch, I also replaced the light fixture above the vanity. The previous fixture had a lot of curves and a tortuise shell type finish, plus the globes were a yellow color. Gross. This new light from Home Depot has cleaner lines, making it both more modern and more masculine. Also, it makes the room way brighter  because the globes aren’t dingy and yellow. 

I’ve really been on a house plant kick lately. I somehow have kept my fiddle leaf fig tree alive for almost 4 years, so I know I’m not totally inept at house plants. I decided to step it up a notch with the wall planters. I picked these up at Home Depot (no idea what they are) because they don’t need to be watered often, need decent amounts of sunlight and the slight purple tint of the plant contrasts with the green walls. 

With all of these elements combined, I’m very happy with how the master bathroom came together. I think it is great balance of feminine and masculine and a great representation of my style. It’s very traditional with a few modern elements and a very fun wall color.

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