I painted over the Masonite with a really good primer and then I decoupaged tissue paper in vivid colors over it — indigo blue, sunny yellow, even some silver tissue paper. It looks luminous, freckled, almost like water. Above the shower stall, I did much brighter colors and I sealed it all with a water-based polyurethane." While Cy applied his decoupage directly to the wall, his "simple French" look would work just as well applied to foam core or poster board, framed or not, and then hung on a bathroom wall for a splash of color you could change out whenever you want. "Paint the walls, or if they're mostly tile, paint the ceiling!" says Cy. "If the color doesn't work, you can paint it something else." And should you need to sell the house later, and believe the accepted wisdom that only white walls are appropriate in "For Sale" bathrooms, you can spend an afternoon painting it back. Or for just a minimal change, paint a frame and hang it on the bathroom mirror with Velcro.
He recommends haunting estate and garage sales for bathroom art. "That's where you find that weird art like those little oils Aunt Martha painted. Think, 'Oh my gosh, there's a clown with a knife in his hand! Let's buy that and put it in the bathroom.' It's nice to see something to make you giggle in the morning." Of course, even the zaniest art should have at least one element that picks up other colors in the room, says LaDonna. And what should those colors be? Often, you're limited by the hard-and-fast items in the room, like the '60s style pastel tiles, says LaDonna. "When you add other colors, they'll have to complement, but the right selection can update the design and downplay the colors you don't like." Today's popular chocolate-brown accessories, from towel racks to curtains, for example, give old-style pastels a fresh look, says LaDonna.
Towel Racks, Rings, or Bars. The number one rule for placing towel racks, rings, or bars is that they should be near the bathroom fixtures, such as sink and tub/shower. This ensures the towels are conveniently accessible whenever these two areas area used. If you have more than one sink or one vanity area, be sure to install a towel bar or ring for each sink area. This way you'll have easy access to a towel when you need it. Measure the space before you buy so you can choose the right size before you attempt to install it. Toilet Paper Holders. The toliet paper holder is usually a necessity that isn't given much thought other than the finish. Styles, go with the simple traditional style for a freestanding toilet holder. For smaller bathrooms, you might prefer an over the toilet tank holder that also has room for a second roll in reserve.
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