Countless hours are spent in drab bathrooms – showering, shaving, getting prepared for work, and then getting ready to head to sleep. Instead of leaving that area plain and unadorned, you can use it as a place to experiment with color and feel, and we of course fully recommend the French country shabby chic feel.
The colors that you’ll typically see in this style are a mixture of subtle tones and striking black patterns, and then highlights in pink and white. These are the colors of Paris, vintage memories, and fashions of the ‘30s through the ‘60s. Collectively, these colors and shapes make for a comfortable and quirky feel.
Thematically, the shabby chic style in a bathroom often plays on the idea of advertising the space as a toilet area with the artwork on the walls. Small signs that might say things like “powder room” or “la toilette” could be up on the walls, or things that you might find in flea markets that would add to the ‘worn’ look. This is one of the few times that you might be able to add a little flare with some rust on it as well.
Now that the basics are set, you get to decide what kind of towels and bath rugs to put in the room, and the bigger and fuzzier, the better! Sets that contain pink, white, and black will fit with the rest of the theme in place already, and they can include frills, lacy patterns, and as many stripes as you can fit. You don’t even need new towels as well, because you’re already going for the ‘used’ look.
True French style would lead you to have a claw foot bathtub, but in most cases they are too big, too heavy, or too expensive to deal with. Nonetheless, you can still put up an awesome shower curtain around the shower area and have patterns that remind you of old-time Paris and French culture. Black and white patterns will go automatically.
Hardware and lighting are the final steps in completing your shabby chic look, and these are the few things that you might want to spend some cash on. Getting the right shiny fixtures will set them off and make the whole package look dynamic and well-planned. Final accents can include things like flowers in a white vase, or even a few photos that look like the French countryside standing up on a cabinet.
Take all of these small ideas into account and plan accordingly, and you’ll be well on your way to constructing the perfect shabby chic experience.