When I came to decorate the bathroom in Kaila Sais’s house, I was tempted to toss a cheap mini-blind in the window and forget the whole thing. Most of my budget had been spent on treatments for living room and bedroom, and nobody but immediate family was ever going to see the master bathroom anyway.
Then I started to think about what part the bath played in her life. This was where she started every morning, and the way the room was decorated could really make a difference in how she felt the rest of the day. Even with a limited budget, I decided it was worthwhile giving the room some serious thought.
The first functional requirement for a bathroom is usually privacy. Unless your bath is on the second stored of a home on an acreage, you have to think about how to keep your private times private.
In Kaila ‘s case I had a large window over the tub and a great view of the mountains, so we started with a top-down, bottom-up version of the LouverDrape Carousel® shade. This treatment allowed us to cover the bottom of the window for privacy without losing the view out of the top part of the window.
Other options which can work equally well are café curtains and shutters. Since I was on a limited budget at this time, I decided to stick with shades.
Often clients are concerned about the effect of water on their window coverings, particularly if they have a spa style of tub. If you allow window coverings to get wet and stay wet, you can have substantial problems. Fabrics do mildew and metal does rust. If you are willing to let the room air out after a bath, however, both problems can be avoided.
The only products I avoid using in bathrooms are wood shutters and wood blinds. If they have unsealed edges, as they often do, moisture can get into the wood and cause warping. Fortunately, vinyl versions of both products allow you to get the wood look without the warping.
To finish the room I added a simple tier valance to give a little extra life and color. The new Waverly Selections® program offers Waverly®’s best patterns in both straight and shaped valances as well as some attractive swag treatments. Since the selection is somewhat limited, the price is better than you find on equivalent products from the custom workroom.
Choosing Waverly® for the bathroom increases your decorative options for the room as a whole. Many patterns have coordinating wallpapers and wallpaper borders. I can also order additional fabric and make shower curtains. The drapery fabric and a vinyl liner are attached to the shower curtain rings. This keeps the fabric from becoming wet when the shower is running, while I make a very strong fashion statement.
Even if your budget is limited, your bathroom décor can give you a great start on a great day.