Twelve days. That’s how long I have to finalize the decisions on our master bathroom project, because we now have a real start date for this project. The fun will start May 10. Now I try to get all the details in my mind before I meet with our contractor next Monday to finalize all the already completed plans.
A few weeks ago, I shared some wall murals and wallpapers that I could use as a jumping point in this master bathroom design. You can click here to see the fifteen finalists. In the end I picked the winner, and this is the mural from the Photo Wall.
In making a judgment, I have to decide exactly how I will use it. I took all the new measurements in the room to make sure everything was correct, and afterwards I applied this free floor plan tool online to create a 2D and 3D plan of the bathroom floor.
I started my original plan of having a bathtub in my own small alcove like this…
The tool’s 3D walkthrough option makes the view a bit invisible, but it’s kind of giving an idea of what it looks like. You can see the tall vanity (the outer wall with the window) in the far left. That door goes to the master inside. And then to the right sits the tub in its little alcove. That area between the wall of the tub alcove and the wall of the bedroom door that leads to the shower.
And it’s the look one way to the door that leads to the home gym.
The view is looking straight into the tub alcove where things are a bit messy. This makes the tub look so small. But the tub I got was only five feet wide, so it wasn’t really a big tub (or a wide alcove) at all.
I thought it would look like this, with a mural at the top of the wall and some with wainscoting underneath. Don’t pay too much attention to the color of the wall. That’s not really what I’m focusing on at this point. That decision can be made later.
Or another option is to use wall mounting from floor to ceiling. Of course, there are crown molding and baseboards not shown here.
But in the last post where I shared the fifteen finalist wall murals and wallpapers, a couple of people mentioned that they didn’t like the tub pipe because it felt so closed. I thought of it, and five feet (which is exactly how tall, or how short I am, I really have no space. And since I only have 12 feet 6.5 inches wide to use in this space,) which should be available with a bathtub and two gates, I would save a few precious inches by stopping the side walls high.
As I pondered that verdict, I saw this photo used in an announcement for the House of Rohl. It was a perfect time, and as one that proved I could live without the tall. This is the exact setup I get with the bathtub (which is as small as this photo) fitted with two doors. And then there’s this mural on the wall.
So I thought (I’m not sure, but I think) I decided to leave the alcove. I really like the idea of an alcove because that’s what I’m used to. I only have built-in bathtubs that fit into their own small space, like the one in the bathroom in the hallway.
It was really weird to wrap my head around with a bathtub that was just outside. I know I do it all the time, but it’s new to me.
So with that in mind, I went back to the floor planning tool and removed the walls and did a few more small tweaks to see what it would look like.
I know this will definitely make the room more open, but in this arrangement, I also feel that the shower openings and the water closet should be surrounded (the doors are not available for Matt), so I don’t plan on the doors for any area), which means they have to be moved to the middle of the room about 3.5 inches to leave the inside of the outer walls for cracking the gates.
Exactly, the area I got by removing the side walls of the alcove is now taken up by trim. I’m not sure it really helped any part of that. The only net benefit is that the room feels more open.
So I started playing with some ideas to figure out what exactly and where I wanted to use the mural. If you remember, my original ideas were to use it on the empty wall only.
But in a vanity, two mirrors, and a window (and maybe a few sconces), many parts of the mural will be covered.
So I tried it just behind the bathtub, like the photo of Rohl’s House. But I was annoyed when I couldn’t find any more photos of the bathroom, so I couldn’t see how they really ended up in the areas high above the doors. The mural (which I know in their bathroom is a tile mural) just goes to that area behind the bathtub? Is there really a tiny little alcove there to set up that place? It kind of looks like there might be one out there. So what’s on top of molding their doors? These are all answers I didn’t find because, as far as I know, there was only one picture on that bathroom wall.
For the life of me, I couldn’t think of a way to just use the mural behind the tub without looking bad. I will cut holes in the cased, but what do I do a few inches high in the doors between the door casing and the crown molding? Nothing seemed to work in my mind.
With no obvious solution to think of, I decided to try using the mural as a wallpaper for the entire interior. Since the bathroom in the House of Rohl with all blue scissors was the inspiration that started me on this path, I decided to try the mural with wainscoting and cut out everything painted in color except white. This is my first try…
I tried other colors I took from the mural, but none of them really worked for me. Then I tried white…
One that really grew on me. I also tried it without wainscoting. I know this can be too much for most of you, but I love it.
So at this point, I know for sure that I will use this bathroom mural. How? I still don’t know for sure. Is there a bathtub alcove? I don’t know for sure, but I trust not. I was really no further than I used to be when I started playing with the floor plan tool. (I use my photo editing software to add wall mural and wall wainscoting.
But if I had to make a decision now based on the options above, this would be my choice.
Everything about it is more like “me,” and it also fits in with the rest of the house. I have white wainscoting in the music room, bathroom in the hallway, and bathroom in the studio, obviously this is something I really like. And the use of the mural is only on the high side of the walls along with the wainscoting at the bottom which adds calm to the interior. While I love the mural used on the walls from floor to ceiling, I’m afraid it might be a bit too much.
That’s the direction I’m leaning on right now. I’m open to any input right now! Because if I find the contractor this next Monday, there’s really no room for major changes afterwards. Now is the time to consider any and all options!