Before and After: This Boring Bathroom is Now Something Really Special

Before and After: This Boring Bathroom is Now Something Really Special

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Tess Wilson
Nov 24, 2018
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If this cautionary note attached to the sink with painter's tape is giving anyone stressful flashbacks to renovation projects, just click through, admire the final results—functional sink and all—and breathe a sigh of relief.

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Shavonda Gardner of SG Style has accomplished something special here, balancing the luxuriant, leopard-filled wallpaper with black paint, a dark, minimal vanity, and straightforward white fixtures. The black paint adds drama and makes the monstera leaves and leopards on the wallpaper really pop. The black portion of the wall is shiplap, which adds subtle texture, as does the black hexagonal tile you'll see below. In another smart move, Shavonda installed a skylight in the bathroom; with the white ceiling to bounce around all that natural light, the darkness of the room is balanced perfectly with brightness.

Throughout the bathroom the accessories are tasteful and well chosen. The textiles add a warmth and richness, while the white lights, vases, and bowls link the sink, toilet, and tub with the rest of the decor.

The sconces are the Cornwall from Hudson Valley Lighting, the Stopwatch Mirror is from Veraluz, the Moreno floating vanity is from Overstock, the black paint is semigloss Blackest by Clare, and that stunning wallpaper—available in two other colorways—is Leopard by Milton & King.

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The archway over the tub adds some visual interest to this monochromatic bathroom, but it's calling out for some drama.

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Seriously, this is so good. The wallpaper brings out the best in the arched ceiling and creates a lovely enclosed feeling over the tub—and it's so much more interesting to stare up at than plain paint. That tile looks sensational, again, creating a fully realized bathing nook set off from the rest of the room. Achieving that delineation of space in such a petite bathroom is impressive, as is the fact that Shavonda has created a true retreat. Most bathrooms that feel luxurious and spa-like are enormous, but this not-huge room is a darkly glam and tropical sanctuary. That's a lot of leopards in a small space, and it works.

Shavonda has a million more amazing photos over at SG Style, so be sure to check out all of them.

Thank you, Shavonda Gardner of SG Style!

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