Space. The majority of superyacht bathrooms are smaller in size to allow more room in other areas of the home or yacht, therefore meaning that having a larger space to work with is already a luxury in itself. However, if the room is small, try not to invest in large and bulky looking fixtures. The accessories in the bathroom should complement the style and layout of the room to give the effect of having more space. Light, like space aboard a superyacht, natural light is also a commodity that can be in short supply, with the bathroom often hidden in the middle of the interior space. Firstly, consider how much natural light the bathroom already gets: If the room already has large open windows that flood sunlight, there may not be a need for large powerful spotlights. A dimmer will always make a great addition for evening bathing and ambiance.
The final selection of your bathroom's color palette will depend not just on the color of your tub or the tone of your tile, but also on the overall look you want to achieve. A bathroom that incorporates white marble, white porcelain and pale wood will have an entirely different look with soft green walls than with walls of metallic blue. Ask yourself: Do I want my bathroom to be relaxing or energizing? Trendy or timeless? Whatever mood you're after, the process of choosing a color will feel less overwhelming if you take it step by step. "First," says Joan Osburn, of Osburn Design in San Francisco, "pick all the colors that you like, no holds barred. Then narrow them down to two or three options. Look at them in different lights and at different times of day.
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.
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