a Splash in the Bathroom without water!

The project mission?  To decorate my client’s blah guest bathroom on a budget. The tricky part – decorating it without changing the paint color (the veeeery muted dark-ish wall color). Oh, btw the ceiling was also painted with the same color (yeah, just a lil claustrophobic). My solution: simply add (2) decorative elements. All economical, of course, since that’s how we rock and roll over here! We added (1) fun decals and (2) artwork.

Let’s take a look at the very scientific process ….

(1) stare at the space until a design pops in your head. Think of the “what you want to hide or un-accentuate”. For this room, it was the color of walls. Here’s a BEFORE PHOTO …

(2) draw a design (a draft) and start pulling materials (sourcing). 


(3) Implement the design. These are the days that I don’t go to the gym.  During decal installations I tend to have to stretch a lot (up and down, up and down), kinda like yoga. Hmm, it’s like doing yoga warrior poses and instead of a mat I use a ladder.

RECAP: The dark wall color is a bit overwheming for the small bathroom especially since the ceiling was painted as well … the solution … instead of repainting it we added a BIG SPLASH OF white DECAL FUN and  white matted photo framed to lightened up the walls. Did you notice how I extended the decal from 1 wall to the other … yeah, I’m cRaaaZy like that, thankfully my clients like my kind of crazy, wink!.

My client loves the ocean so I recommended an ocean / water theme and purchased (4) cool photos online (I think it was from 2 different etsy stores). Did you spot the turtle that wants a kiss? Smooooches.

We joked around that my client’s guests may take a loooong time in the bathroom simply to admire the art. With the help of my design intern, Nicole, we also added another SPLASH decal to the door, kinds gives guests a sneak peek of the design before they enter the powder room:

Here’s a closer look at the door with the decal. And remember, you don’t need to add a lot (or spend a lot of money or time) to a space to make it feel or look HUGELY different.


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10 Responses to a Splash in the Bathroom without water!

  1. homestilo says:

    I really like this graphic: bold yet clean. Your client must have been thrilled with the end result.

  2. Janet says:

    I like the overall look of the bathroom. If I entered this bathroom I probably be one of those people observing the design taking my sweet time looking at everything 🙂

  3. I love it. Man, your good at working those decals. 🙂 Do you think I could use them on my textured walls?

  4. Theresa says:

    Great, economical solution to forgo a whole repaint job and install a decal. I bet your clients were very pleased.

    • Ada says:

      yep! The walls were already painted (client loved the paint color) so my job was to give the wall more visual interest …. add decals and marine life artwork (with gorgeous frames), and accessories (like the green ‘artificial’ plant).

  5. really cool, ada! it’s wonderful to see your work – energetic and happy. thanks for sharing!

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