NordquistTraditional Bathroom, San Francisco
Photos Courtesy of Sharon Risedorph & Michelle Wilson (Sunset Books)
What Houzz contributors are saying:
A dark color can also bring a modern look to older wood finishes on cabinets, window frames or baseboards. And darker hues mix well with mirrors and metallic hardware, allowing them to shine brightly and be the star of the room. This translates to a more styled and luxurious look.
Look to classic colors like navy or charcoal gray to pop against your fluffy white towels or help make white tiles look brighter. Alternatively, a refreshing color such as pale aqua can evoke the palette of clean water, resulting in a soothing feeling. Colors you might steer clear of for a painted bathroom wall are nonsoothing brights such as orange or emerald green. While these primary colors can make a fun statement, they don’t evoke a serene or clean feeling for the purposes of a bathroom.
2. The strip of foggy blue at the top of this bathroom takes the standard gray and white palette to a new level. The beadboard and trim adds even more detail to the space, and Houzz users loved the use of the basic pedestal sink.
An example of beadboard modernized in the bathroom. The wainscotting was kept a traditional white, but above it the walls are painted a contemporary cool gray with a light blue band of paint continued from the wall to the ceiling to finish the space.
Don't count out your smaller rooms. Even in a powder room, you can proudly display art in an artful way. This vertical line of identically framed works on the gray wall stands out — and draws your eye away from the toilet, which is always a good thing!