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Green Bathroom – Balancing Feminine and Masculine

Combining bright, pale green bathroom walls with wood accessories created a perfect balance of feminine and masculine in our owner’s suite bathroom.

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I can’t believe that I am typing these words, but the owner’s suite 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, and brighten up the space. I wanted to really balance feminine with masculine.

This bathroom crossed my radar after we finished upgrading our daughter’s bathroom. I couldn’t get enough of the space. I spent my time getting ready in there instead of our bathroom.

A Simple Green Bathroom

This project started with replacing the grout in the shower. We had been putting off getting our shower stall regrouted for a while. 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. So, I agreed to undertake the green bathroom walls by myself. Everything took waaaaayyyy longer than expected, but I’m so glad it finally came together.

Painting Cabinets

Painting the cabinets was the first thing to get done. It made such a huge difference in our daughter’s bathroom so we knew we wanted to do ours too. Our house has all wooden trim and doors and it can be kind of dark and overwhelming. Painting cabinets is a nice way to break up all the wood. 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. 

Deciding on the Right Green

Then it was time to paint the walls. I knew I wanted something just as bright and fun as the blue in my daughter’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.

Accessorizing with Wood Tones

After painting the cabinets white and the walls a feminine green I was concerned that I was going to make the room too feminine. 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. I also found a large mirror on Craigslist, which I updated with a dark stain.

The frames house a few photos of flowers that I took on our trip to Europe a few years back. I always work something sentimental into each room in our house. 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.

Updating Light Fixtures

For an added masculine touch, I also replaced the light fixture above the vanity. The previous fixture had a lot of curves and a tortoise 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. 

Adding a Little Nature

I’ve really been on a house plant kick lately. I kept my fiddle leaf fig tree alive for almost 4 years, so I know I’m not totally inept at houseplants. First I hung the wall planters. I picked these up at Home Depot. They don’t need to be watered often, and need decent amounts of sunlight and the slight purple tint of the plant contrasts with the green walls. I also added a snake plant for more greenery.

With all of these elements combined, I’m very happy with how the master bathroom came together. I think it is a 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.


  1. It looks SO GOOD Ashley! I absolutely love the color. I’m always scared to pick a non-neutral paint color but I wish I was braver! This is gorgeous!

  2. I admit decorating for male/female tastes can be challenging. I like how you kept it neutral and still welcoming and bright. Love the plant in the bathroom. Pinned your post.

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