Decorating a Simply Shabby Chic Bathroom - French Country Style
The Bathroom - A Perfect Place to Decorate in French Country
My favorite decorating style is what I call "French country shabby chic". I love the rich organic colors from the French influence and the old worn look of what we now call "shabby chic". One place that invites this type of relaxed yet elegant feel is the bathroom in our homes - the place where we spend many hours getting ready for work, relaxing and well yeah...you know... the other things...
Although the bathroom is not somewhere we usually spend a lot of time relaxing (well you might if you are a bath taker), it's still a place that can be a fun spot to decorate in what I like to call "French Country Shabby Chic" style.
Warm, cozy, worn and comfortable are the feelings that a French country bathroom emit - pleasant memories of days gone by along with unique personal little touches.
A beautiful style, even for a bathroom!
Pink, Black and White - Classic Vintage Colors
One of the unique hallmarks of French Country Shabby Chic decorating is a mismatched style along with a worn comfortable look. Popular colors for French Country in the bathroom are soft colors and black - and it's not uncommon to see many variations of white. Although not a huge fan of pink myself, my favorite colors in a shabby chic bathroom are soft pink, black and white used together. Vintage Paris comes to mind when I see these colors used, and the colors strike me as something reminiscent of my childhood (these were popular colors back in the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's too)
The house where my children grew up was built in the 1920s and had a most unusual bathroom. Guests always commented on how "different" and "pretty" the bathroom was. The toilet, vanity and tub were pink and the floors were done in a black, grey and white checkerboard style. My sons did not appreciate our bathroom as much as I did but it was a fun and quirky bathroom.
French Country Shabby Chic Art
Most bathrooms have limited wall space so it's important to make the most out of your wall space when decorating (in any bathroom really) I like pretty art on my walls, subtle but not too striking. Some fun pieces for the French country shabby chic bathroom are to play up on the "theme"- using little plaques that say "powder room" or " la toilette" (that's french for the toilet) Some of these plaques are done in metal (metal is a nice touch in a French country bathroom) Other cute ideas for the wall are flea market finds like old plant hangers or towel racks. One of my favorite pieces is one that I found at a garage sale. I think I paid a $1 for it and it makes a great little hand towel holder. Also, some rust on the accents is OK. It actually adds to the charm!
Warm and Cozy Towels and Bath Rugs
I don't know about you but I love plush towels in the bathroom, no matter what the theme is. I also like something very warm and fuzzy on my feet, so bath area rugs are a must as far as I'm concerned. There are some really cute towel and bath sets that will compliment the French country shabby chic theme. You can use pure white which will pretty much go with anything, or again some tone on tone type colors - light almost white pinks along with stripes, frilly or even lacy. Remember "worn" is the look of this style so you can get away with using towels that already look broke in. This theme is not about crisp looking towels hanging on a hook - the more cozy and natural the better!
Au' Paris - Claw-foot Tubs are Beautiful!
Some French country shabby chic bathrooms have the luxury of having claw foot tubs in them. I love these tubs but unfortunately for most of us having one in our bathroom is not feasible. If you are dealing with a standard tub you will probably want to put a shower curtain up to match your french country shabby chic theme. My favorite shower curtain hangs in my front bathroom - it has light pastel colors with a floral Paris theme.The thing I like about this curtain is that I can put just about any light color with it and it matches. Another very popular color for French Country shower curtains are vintage black and white. Black and white will go with just about anything.
Beautiful Lighting and Hardware for your Bath
Although it's not necessary to spend alot of money on your French country shabby chic bathroom, you may want to invest in some really nice bathroom hardware and lighting for your bathroom. There are many types available that will go with this style but I prefer chandeliers (if you have the room) and long neck water faucets. I think the long necks add a beautiful flow to the bath. Beautiful lighting and hardware added to the bathroom can be the "piece de resistance!" for your charming bathroom.
There are many little accents you can also add to you french country bathroom to give It that final touch - an old vase with flowers, a couple of black and white photos of your favorite scenery along with some gold or silver accents thrown in for color ( gold and sliver or a mix of both will work)
That's probably one of my favorite things about decorating with french country shabby chic in the bathroom - you pretty much have endless possibilities and if you get bored you can always switch things around, add or subtract and it doesn't look like you totally changed your theme.
Have fun decorating your French Country Shabby Chic bathroom!
(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher by night and a photographer and artist by day. She writes on a variety of topics including decorating, kids, health and controversial topics, Please feel free to join her reader/fan club and subscribe to her RSS feed so you can be notified of the new published articles she writes)