The Throne Room

First, I want to thank everyone who stopped by to comment on my pillow project over the past few days. Your comments were sweet and encouraging and honestly made my day! All of the encouragement is why I keep doing this blog thing. You guys are the best! 😀

Now to the title of my post, it may not be what you’re thinking. I’m talking talking about a royal throne, but the porcelain throne. That’s right, the toilet! I wanted to share with you all my mood board for the guest bathroom at the new house. First let me refresh your memory. This is the space I’m working with: 

I don’t know if I want to rip out the chair rail or not, but I’m leaning towards taking it out. I’d also like to frame the mirror and move the towel circle thing to the left of the mirror on the wall.

My theme for this bathroom is going to be water. Not the beach, but just water.

  • I’d like to paint the walls a soft blue and stain the vanity a darker shade of brown, like the above vanity.
  •  The curtain is from Target, and I’d want it in brown and white or tan and white stripes.
  • The accessories are also from Target and I like the warm copper color.
  • We already have the blue Pure Perfection towels from JC Penny (wedding gift) and we also have brown, but I may use the brown in the master bath (Jesse doesn’t want to buy any more towels :p).
  • The shelf is a Freden wall shelf from Ikea. I envision it hanging above the toilet to give some dimension to the walls. I’d put some small frame(s) on a shelf, maybe a little ceramic boat. Towels on one (so they are easy to find) and a basket or 2 for random bathroom crap.
  • I really like the sea grass rug, but I’d also want a rug for in front of the toilet and I probably couldn’t match the texture. Maybe I could get a smaller one for in front of the tub/toilet instead of a toilet rug?
  • I got the shell shadow frame idea from Pinterest and would either hang it on the wall or set it on a shelf or on the vanity.
  • I already have the Tunnel of Love tin poster ($1 at a yard sale this summer) and will probably hang it across from the toilet.
  • The water droplet print just looks awesome and it has tints of blue, brown and tan to pull everything in the room together. I’d probably frame it in a 5″x7″ and put it on the shelf. (I found it doing an Googel image search, but it’s not bad if I print it and frame it in just my house right?)

What do you think? Should I keep the chair rail and 2 tone the walls to keep the bottom of the room more grounded? Or will my darker stained vanity and textured rugs with dark brown borders do it for me? Suggestions beyond welcome!

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  1. I’d either a) keep the chair rail but add beadboard below it or b) rip it out. I think the dark vanity will be more than enough though, so maybe I’d go with option b).
    I love the mood board, by the way. I’m jealous that you get to have such a big vanity.

  2. I could go either way with the chair rail. Our home’s previous owners had installed a chair rail quite high up on the walls in the 2nd bedroom. We didn’t know how we felt about it and we weren’t sure if the plaster walls would be damaged if we tried to remove it (was it up with just nails…nails and glue…etc.). So we decided to work with the chair rail and keep some of the character of the old house. We painted the walls with a two-tone effect and we love how it turned out! Can’t wait to see what you decide! 🙂

  3. Looooove the look you are going for! So pretty. I did blue and chocolate browns in my main bath and I love it still. I think I’d maybe keep the chair rail but maybe consider adding simple mouldings below it to fancy it up a bit? Just an idea.

  4. I love all your ideas on your mood board. I think you could go either way with or without the chair rail. For a more contemporary look I might remove it. If you are going for a more traditional but light and airy feel leaving the chair rail would work. I do love the subtle difference in paint colors and think the soft blue will make your bath room feel much larger (I am looking forward to using similar colors in my bath room). The vanity is absolutely beautiful!

  5. Ohhhh, it’s going to be so beautiful! I can hardly wait to see it! With the rich tones and textures you’ve picked, I’m digging the idea of two-toned walls!

  6. I love your vision Ashley; it’s going to look amazing. The stain on the vanity is goooorggeous! I think I’d leave the chair rail and shoot for a two-toned effect, but either way, the bathroom is going to look awesome!

  7. I LOOOOVE that water droplet print!! I would probably keep the chair rail, but that is just because I’m lazy and wouldn’t want to deal with any random issues that rose from ripping it out. I think your color scheme is great!!!

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