When we were building our house I had BIG plans for our small guest bathroom. Yes, it was without a window. And yes, I wanted dark paint. Our whole house is painted in one white color (#budget) so this room felt like a great space to add a pop of color. After hunting around Pinterest and browsing a few of my favorite home decor blogs, it didn’t take me too long to settle on wanting a dark green wainscoting bathroom.
This room was one of the few in our house that I had styled from top to bottom before we even had drywall up. Still even with a decent plan we ended up returning the original white vanity for this wood one. If you take anything away from this blog post, let it be that Costco (of all places) has great looking vanities for a great price. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have something look nice!
A big inspiration for this bathroom came from Jenna Sue Design – once I saw her dark green wainscoting bathroom I knew it was the wall treatment for this space. Though I did mix in a few different details to give it a more classic and traditional feel I always crave.
The Guest Bathroom Details
The floor to ceiling shower curtain was a way of drawing eyes upward + keeping the windowless room as light as possible. The decorative ceiling medallion was a nice contrast to an otherwise simplistic wainscoting and those antique gold light switch plates were made for that olive green color. Though, to me, the real star is the combo of the mosaic marble tile and the dark green wainscoting.
Oddly enough the marble tile almost didn’t make the cut. I was a bit nervous the mosaic marble would add way too much movement on the floor, but after chatting with a friend I pulled the trigger and never looked back. Since the tile is real marble it can and will stain. I’m at the point though that I’m happy to let it live and be a part of our house – stains and all.
56″ tall board and batten wainscoting
Paint – Benjamin Moore Forest Floor
We opted for a shelf in the shower versus a standard niche. Truthfully, I just don’t like niches. So instead we built a shelf and added a quartz top to it. I adore how the shelf looks, but it caused so much headache trying to figure out how to get the wainscoting, tile and quartz to come together I can’t say if it was 100% worth it.
Looking back I so wish I would have opted for sconces versus overhead lighting. I fully planned on using an antique mirror in this bathroom and unfortunately with the overhead lighting the mirror was simply too small. Luckily, with the help of a bit of black spray paint and Rub n’ Buff I used a mirror I had on hand. Down the road I have a feeling I’ll switch out the mirror, but for now it was nice to find a simple DIY solution.
It may be the smallest room in our house, but d a n g does it feel good to have even one scratched off the to-do list.