Master Bathroom Style Guide – Elegant Farmhouse

October 28th, 2013

It’s taken me a long time to finalize my design plans for the master bathroom. I’ve waffled between a rustic style (lots of wood), a warm look (gold tones in hardware), and an elegant style (crystals, marble, and lots of white). I realized that all of the images I kept coming back to were really elegant white bathrooms. So I just decided to go for it and have a really elegant space. The nice thing about this white bathroom is that it is directly adjacent to the master bedroom which is going to be a very dark navy-toned gray color (French Beret by Benjamin Moore). So it will be a striking contrast from the dark master to the light master bath.

Okay so some quick inspiration first… This bathroom is from the UV Parade of homes this year. The home was built by Millhaven Homes, and designed by the amazing Caitlin Creer. Some components are the same – white walls, elegant sconces, marble floors/shower. I wanted the cabinetry to contrast a little so I chose a pale gray, and went with solid white quartz countertops instead of marble.


(more images of this home)

Here is the layout of our master bathroom/closet:


Right as you walk in (lower left), there is a make-up vanity with a chandelier over it. Here is my elevation:



I’m going to go with a desaturated navy for the vanity color. I’m trying to decide between BM’s Hale Navy and Baby Seal Black…¬†This placement was inspired by the Life In Grace Master bathroom. I love the concept of seeing a pretty area instead of seeing all the utility spaces of the bathroom. Also allows for a bit more privacy when no one in your house ever closes doors!


As you turn the corner you’ll see a double vanity. I designed a furniture-style vanity that will be the pale gray:


Then across from that is the bathtub etc. You get the idea. So imagine those images with lots of white, shiny silver and sparkling crystals.

Here’s my style guide (source links at bottom of the post).


Some of these items we found as local and online close-out type places and the Restoration Hardware outlet in Vacaville, CA. We got some really great deals, and have already saved several thousands by doing some bargain shopping. I’ve been also shopping online sales for knobs/pulls and lighting to save even more. The marble flooring/shower surround and mosaic shower floor is from BuildDirect. They are my go-to for bargain-priced flooring. I haven’t found anywhere else with 12×24 marble tiles that comes close to their pricing.

So what do you think? Do you like the bright white bling bathroom? Or would you prefer something more subtle, warm, or rustic?

Oh I just remembered this image – I’ve been loving the paneling in this bathroom:

I’m trying to decide if I should give Mr. Project even more stress and tell him I’d like our master bathroom to be paneled out like this. I think it would be a nice way to frame out the mirror without doing a “frame” and give the sconces some framing etc. There really isn’t a lot of open wall space to do… It could look amazing and bring in a more farmhouse feel. What do you think?


Obrien Wall Sconce – Visual Comfort

Marble 12×24 tile – BuildDirect

Marble 1″ hexagon tile – BuildDirect

Single Hole Faucet – Hansgrohe

White Quartz Countertop – Hanstone

Square Undermount Sink – Kohler

Canley Crystal Pendant – Horchow

Antique Tub Faucet – Kohler

Hydro Systems Lacey Soaker Tub – Mountainland Design Closeout Section

Tresham Toilet – Kohler

Grafton Hardware – Restoration Hardware

Manor Court Chandelier – Restoration Hardware Kids

Glass Knob – Restoration Hardware



7 responses to “Master Bathroom Style Guide – Elegant Farmhouse”

  1. Mary F. says:

    It’s going to be gorgeous! I love myself a little bling especially in a master bathroom – the perfect place for a little romance.

  2. Melissa Giles says:

    Looks beautiful, Jen…Can’t wait to see it all come together!

  3. Jen says:

    Oh my word!! This is amazing! I can’t wait to look at all of this on my laptop! Why can’t I find how to get your posts emailed to me? Follow email box? Help!! Haha.

  4. Jen says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post! Please tell me there is a great easy software you use for your style guide page. You HAVE to be a graphic designer, right??? I totally vote for Mr. Project to add the trim detail! I’m close enough to drive to Vacaville‚Ķ.gotta do that! I like the contrast of the navy vanity and the white bathroom. What did you pick?

  5. jenallyson says:

    haha Jen! I am a graphic designer, I make my style guides in photoshop. I’ll tell him that you decided that the trim detail must be done!

    You absolutely MUST go to the RH outlet. And go NOW because you’ll find killer deals on vanities, mirrors, all sorts of hardware including knobs and pulls etc. And then there is the furniture… Anyway go… take a trailer with you… and make time for many many hours digging through stuff. You’ll save grundles of money, and you’ll have fun!

    I’m definitely going to do the dark navy vanity for the powder vanity, and a pale gray for the sink vanity. CANNOT WAIT!

  6. Robin says:

    … lucky for me…..just stumbled upon your bathroom re-do plans. Outstanding……I am dying to see the final outcome. Please, please ….let me know where to look!!!!! I can hardly wait!!

  7. jenallyson says:

    I still haven’t posted the finished bathroom! I need to do that ASAP!

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