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Elana Safronsky is a lifestyle writer and managing editor of HGTV.ca

   

Design Dilemma with Samantha Pynn: On Bathrooms, Colour and Shower Curtains

Posted by Elana Safronsky, Managing Editor Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:30 AM EST

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Sam Pynn is a nice person. She knows that we read a lot of magazines and blogs that teach us how to apply 'quick fixes' in our own homes, and she is sensitive when the results of our efforts don't quite turn out as planned, as in the case of this Toronto woman's bathroom...

 

 

From Veena: 

"Dear Samantha,

I need a new shower curtain and wonder if you have any suggestions. Most that I've seen really look like, well, like shower curtains. The en suite is visible from the living room so a bathroom-y curtain probably isn't ideal.

Can you help?

Thanks,

Veena, Toronto"






Sam Pynn suggests:


Medallion shower curtain, West Elm

Dear Veena,
I love the pale blue colours of your art, as well as the stacks of books in your living room. I can tell from your photos that you have a very relaxed style and love blues and soft white.
 
I'm also happy to see that your vanity, tub, tiles and toilet are white. I recently worked on a bathroom with sea foam green fixtures!

I noticed, however, that you have a bright lime green ceiling...

I'm guessing you were going for a punch of colour in a small space? Decorators and designers are always talking about how powder rooms can be bold and play by their own rules. And they can. But if you're concerned about your seeing the powder room from your living room, I suggest you bring the bathroom colour more inline with the rest of your space.


Woodlawn Blue, Houzz.com; Marimekko Pippurikera Wisteria curtain; Unikko Yellow curtain, Crate&Barrel

I'm thinking Benjamin Moore's Cloud White OC-130 for both the walls and ceiling, as a close match with the rest of your home. If you'd like to continue with the blue vibe, you could test a square of Woodlawn Blue HC-147 on your wall. It's a soft blue with a hint of green that always looks gorgeous in a bathroom.
 
If you're leaning toward a curtain with pattern, I suggest going with the Cloud White so that your curtain can be the real hero (see West Elm photo above). I'd also suggest a solid weave fabric instead of your current organza and a good quality white shower curtain liner.
 
You have a couple of options for a shower curtain: you can go the custom route and pick a really gorgeous fabric or see what you can find off the rack. For custom, Designer Fabrics Outlet is an inexpensive resource for fabric, and Designer's Guild is known for fabrics with vibrant colour and pattern, available through a designer at Primavera. If you don't have a your own sewing resource, Fine Interiors by Susan does a wonderful job of sewing shower curtains.
 
For store-bought shower curtains that will have no trouble being the star, try West Elm's Medallion shower curtain or Crate and Barrel's Marimekko line. The Marimekko Pippurikera Wisteria curtain will give you a softer look and work well with the Woodlawn blue. The Unikko Poppy in yellow is a bit more bold and will pick up other yellow accessories in your home.

Happy Decorating!
Sam

How do you feel about the lime ceiling?

Have your own dilemma? Send in your questions and pictures to stylesheetAThgtvDOTca!

Topics: Samantha Pynn, Pure Design, Bathtub, Design, Inspiration, Decorator, Decor

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