Designing with Carol: Splish splash, we’re taking on the bath!

Abby McIntyre

I hope this article finds you happy and well rested after a relaxing summer, friend. If you’ve been keeping up with us, you know that we have been slowly touching on design concepts for each room of your house. This month, we’re talking all about what to do with that bathroom of yours. While you might not realize it, this is one of the most important spaces in your home. It is your sacred “getting ready” space and sets your mood for the rest of the day. Think about it, friend. Getting ready in a space that reflects your own unique style leaves a positive impact on your mood as opposed to a space that lacks your special personality. So, sit back and relax as we explore our favorite ways you can make a unique splash in this space.

For starters, let’s take a look at the window you’ve got above the bathtub. This window is the perfect place for a valance or cornice. If you are interested in a softer look for your bathroom, try putting a valance with soft pleats in it above this window. This will frame the window beautifully and can help you incorporate colors and patterns into your bathroom area. Make sure to take the other fabrics you already have in the bathroom such as towels and bathmats into consideration when selecting the fabric for your valance. If you do not have a specific pattern in your towels or bath mats, this can be a fun area to play with the idea. A vibrant stripe or joyful polka-dot can drastically change the look of your area. Maybe you have a more classic style and are drawn to the chic black and white color scheme. Try livening up your space with a leopard print valance! Such a bold pattern brings a little excitement into the room while still keeping the level of sophistication you desire.

While we’re sure that the window has a beautiful view of the outside, sometimes a person just wants privacy. Pairing your new valance or cornice with soft shades such as Hunter Douglas’ Silhouette shades is the perfect way to achieve this. These unique shades allow light to stream through your window while obscuring the view of outsiders, thus allowing you to enjoy your time and not worry about your privacy being compromised. Available in various colors and textures, the shades cascading from the valance or cornice above the window are sure to give you that added feeling of luxury as you enjoy your space.

This next tip is all about upholstery. I know what you’re thinking. Upholstery? In the bathroom? Yes, absolutely. In many master baths, there is a vanity space. This is the perfect area to place an upholstered slipper chair. A Hollywood velvet slipper chair in a deep purple or royal blue is sure to have you feeling glamorous as you get yourself ready in the mornings and just as glamorous as you do your night routine before bed. Whether you decide to stick with a solid or incorporate a lively print, this is a sure-fire way to jazz up your space and bring your own style into the room.

So, whether you are looking for that one-of-a-kind fabric for your valance or if you are on the hunt for the perfect window shade, let us help you. Here at Carol’s we have hundreds of fabrics to choose from, and our Hunter Douglas Gallery allows you to get a proper feel for the products before you buy. Come see us at our showroom at 535 S. Locust St., Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or call us at 940-565-8337 to set up your design appointment!

Happy designing friends!