Monday, July 28, 2008

I Need Some Design Help

Yesterday morning DH decided it was time to paint the bathroom. I said OK. Now I need some design help! Here are some photos of the bathroom before this past weekend. Here is the view looking in from the door.
This is what we were using for storage space.
This is the sink and counter top.
And after: looking in from the door.
The space where storage used to be.
Behind the door (we will be adding two more towel bars on the walls).
The counter top area (I had to take a photo with the lights off. Those lights are harsh!)
Here's my dilemma: I have looking into the bathroom and seeing the toilet! I know it is a bathroom and that's where the toilet is. The room just looks unfinished to me. The space where the storage was sitting looks so lonely.

Here's my question: What would you do with this space? I'd like options other than a laundry hamper or more storage. Any other suggestions for the bathroom?

I'll post about my decluttering task last night tomorrow. I need some help with the bathroom first.

Thanks for your suggestions!
Sweet P

15 comments:

Nancy said...

From the photos, it's hard to tell just how much space there is....what about a small bench? You could put a a basket at one end with some guest towels, soaps and such.. Since you have the wainscotting, a small farmers bench would look great in there...

Kentanner11 said...

I really like that color! I agree that the cabinet does look a little "lonely" maybe you could do something like this (even if it was just on one side):

http://www.stacksandstacks.com/image/109801.jpg

Maybe you can put a small quilt, or piece of fabric that "goes" with your bathroom in a frame (to avoid moisture damage) up on the wall?

~Tanner
-- from www.tannersnotes.blogspot.com

Bren said...

I like the wooden bench idea, but painted white, or yellow. Is there a shower in their or is it a powder bath? If no shower, a quilt rack with some quilts would be nice. A basket of silk flowers on a pedestal type table too. The possiblities are endless!!!

Fiesta said...

how about a room divider that your husband can whi up with an old door or two pieces of wood and some type of pretty fabric on it.

Aileen said...

I would go for artwork of some sort, either painted on the wall or a shelf with knick knacks. You could get some porcelain teddy bears, for example, or paint a bear on the wall.

Kare said...

Get ahold of your handyman and have him construct a knee wall! You could even have him construct it so there would be storage on the side that faces the toilet to store toilet paper, etc . . .

Brenda said...

Everyone has given wonderful ideas; my thought is to add some plants and knick knacks onto a wooden shelf. Plus a quilted wall hanging to tie it all together color wise.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I think all the suggestions were wonderful and would make it even more perfect. It looks good to me... I need to paint mine. Another day ....

One Christian Mom said...

I think I would put a small table in there, with a cloth tablecloth on top. That way, you can have a pretty display on top, and put some stuff underneath - best of both worlds. ;)

Candace said...

I like the room divider approach, maybe a half wall with spindles possibly beside the toilet and some type of shelving or cabinet on the plain wall.

Jane said...

I would be trying plants or pretty bathroom accessories on a white cane stool /table type of furniture.
Some nice ones have a shelf
Could have plants on top and hand towels on shelf and rolled towels in the bottom section.
I did a bathroom and used a corner toilet which almost made it non visible when you first walked in.

Maybe if a plant is not suitable something modern in artificial plants/flowers/branches may work.
Have fun.

Large glass jars with various toiletry things in them may also work.

Sue H said...

I think it needs something with a soft feel to it. Seems like it's all hard edges. What about one of those half-table shelves you sometimes see in hallways? You could put a flower arrangement, etc., on it, with a pretty wall quilt above? Lots of good ideas -- it will be fun to see what you do!

Paula said...

I'm thinking that maybe a wicker sofa-height table would look good and soften the lines. Maybe with a plant and some soaps or something to soften the lines a bit. I love the beadboard!
(embarrassed to admit that I didn't even KNOW that you had a house blog!)

gertie said...

The yellow and white looks clean and cheerful. How about some white shelves/ shadow boxes with pretty knick-knacks? Or a lovely big framed print or photo? An old soap ad would look great!

Suzan said...

I think a knee wall to divide the toilet area from the rest of the bath is a great idea. If you don't want to go to that expense, how about a divider made from 3 narrow louvered doors? You can get the ones made from plastic material that are really inexpensive and look like wood. Put them together with piano hinges. You can hang pictures on the side the divider. Also, I think I would switch out the light bar for one with more white in it as opposed to the chrome.