Saturday, February 20, 2010
I love clean coastal and shabby beach chic look. You capture the essence of a Nantucket beach cottage in your own home that can fit into virtually any budget. A couple of years ago I discovered this fantastic paint by Benjamine Moore called Aura... which is all we use now. This is - in most cases - a one coat paint that goes on like butter and the quality is superb with low-VOC that is good for the environment and you! To learn more about the paint you can visit your local paint store or the Benjamine Moore website. This paint will run you about $60+ for a gallon - but it is well worth the investment.
When painting your bathroom you will want the Benjamine Moore Aura Bath & Spa Matte finish paint. This paint will not run or streak when humidity hits your walls like many paints can... and now have a matte finish in your bathroom with Aura paint. A good tip when painting is to give a fresh coat to the ceiling so it doesn't appear dingy once you have repainted the room.
To me, beadboard is very beachy. I really like the look of white beadboard in a bathroom with a chair rail or molding that separates the painted wall from the beadboard.
Walls = Benjamine Moore Aura Paint in Jamaican Aqua
Beadboard = Benjamine Moore Aura Paint in Snow White
There a many ways to accessorize a space without spending a fortune. A great way to do this is to shop for handmade items. Not only are you supporting your local artists... you are also reducing your carbon footprint. There are many sources online to shop for handmade goodies. Two of my favorite are 1000Markets and Etsy. Below are a list of handmade items found that will compliment this design and color choice above (or any variation) - just click on the picture and it will take you to the storefront of that handmade item!
Original artwork and photography can brighten up lonely walls...
Seahorse Painting by KarinGrow
Photographs by Modern Classics Paper
Starfish and sea inspired wall hooks for towels and beadboard towel racks compliment the beadboard walls.
Starfish Wall Hook by Monkey and Squirrel
Beadboard Towel Racks by JLJ Designs
To accompany those towel racks and hooks you need to dry off with luxurious handmade linens.
PESHTEMAL Towels by Turkish Bath
Floor and tabletop accents tie a room together with bathmats, soaps, mirrors, window treatments and accessories... don't forget to top it off with some funky cabinet knobs!
Recycled T-Shirt Rug by Talking Squid
Shabby Cottage Style Boxes by The Broken House
Ocean Shea Butter Soap by Sherri's Scents and Soys
Sea Shell Soaps by Annie's Powder Room
Ceramic Abalone Shell Soap Dish by Salt and Earth
Naturally Scented Soy Candles by Sawgrass Candles
Beach Cove Shea Butter by Tropical Bomb
Sea Glass Cabinet Knobs by Beachy Rustica
Starfish Mirror and Starfish Garland by Beach Grass Cottage
Putting all of these mouthwatering items together will truly create a seaside spa oasis!