Updated powder room

On Friday we shared 5 tips for small bathrooms, a recap of advice given by Aaron Everitt at our design workshop. All the ideas Aaron gave were so great and had me itching to do more with my small powder bathroom. You might remember the room, we shared it here. In case you missed that post, here’s a shot of the powder room on our main floor.


We added some board and batten to the bottom half of the wall to bring some visual interest to the small space. And I painted the walls a subtle pink shade (Elderflower by Martha Stewart) along with stenciling the walls with the Zagora stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. The room was fine, but I wasn’t feeling it. For some reason that turtle shell above the toilet kept taunting me (as turtle shells often do). The turtle shell felt out of place in this pink bathroom. A turtle shell really belongs in a much moodier bathroom, and the pink wall color was really bringing out the pink tones in the tile, not what I wanted!

First step in a moodier bathroom was a new wall color. I went with Knoxville Gray by Benjamin Moore, a dark blue green not really gray color. And I apologize about the quality of these pictures. This room is so stinkin’ hard to photograph!

Knoxville Gray

Knoxville Gray

Knoxville Gray bathroom | Suburban Bitches

The color certainly made the room darker yet it didn’t feel any smaller. The dark walls against the white trim and board and batten helped things from feeling claustrophobic. And the turtle shell on the wall not only influenced the wall color choice in the bathroom but also the art. I went with a large elephant print from the talented Brooke White on one of the walls, since elephants and turtles seem to go together like Sonny and Cher.


On the other wall I ordered some limited edition wall prints from Minted to hang in a group of three.

Minted gallery wall in powder room | Suburban Bitches

Those cows are my favorite! To help with bringing light into the room I picked up this mirror from West Elm and this thing is really great quality for the price! I got mine on sale for $99 and it is one of the heaviest mirrors I’ve ever had to hang. Best thing about the mirror is that it is a skinny mirror, which we all need more of in our houses!


I’ve got more plans for this room including a new light fixture (thinking about this one), this vanity and sink, new floor tiles, and a gold faucet. In the end I’m hoping it will look something like this:

bathroom storyboard_edited-1

As I often explain to my husband, design is never done and this bathroom still has a lot of elements that need to be changed and updated. Luckily small spaces like these don’t require a lot of money to revamp and little changes have a big impact in the space. Simply changing the paint color in this room brought a whole new vibe to the space, and that made one turtle shell very happy!


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3 Responses to Updated powder room

  1. Aaron says:

    love love love the grey! The turtle shell is all of the sudden a much more interesting element in the room!

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Aaron! Now I just need to order some amazing tile for the floor. Know anywhere I can find some? 🙂

  2. Katrina says:

    I am itching to redo my powder room as well! We need a time for you both to come over and help me out!