The VERY LAST room in our house to be painted is our master bathroom. Well actually, I did start painting it before I painted the master bedroom but halfway through I realized the “perfect” moody blue paint I purchased was all wrong. Whomp whomp. But I will get to that in a bit. First, let me explain again the layout of the master bathroom. It is located right off of our master bedroom. There isn’t even a door (though there is now a doorway!). When you walk into the bathroom, there are two vanities on the left hand side separated by a door to our walk-in closet in the middle. On the right hand side is a basic bathtub and shower stall combo, and then a door in the far back that leads to the water closet, or “toilet room” if you are a tad less sophisticated, and “poop closet” if you are my mother. #loveherthough
Below are the best two pictures I have of the layout, and as you can see they were taken right after I painted the ceiling and before my whole blue paint fiasco started.
My plan was obviously to paint the whole room, but I also thought that I would add a little something special to that water closet by mimicking my master bedroom accent wall. Yes, more shiplap. But that is for the next post. This post is all about how I found my perfect blue paint color for the main portion of the bathroom.
Let me start at the beginning. Originally I planned on painting the bathroom the same Simply White that I used in our master bedroom. However, after swatching it on my walls I realized that it made the off-white counter’s look a bit dingy. It worried me. So I started toying around in my paint sample box and swatched a few options next to the cabinets, shower and countertops. I liked the gray but I had so many blue accents in my master bedroom that I thought it might be nice to tie that in. I swatched Hale Navy, a favorite among bloggers and decorators, but it has always seemed a bit too purple in my homes. I also worried it was too dark.
However, when I went one level lighter on the Hale Navy swatch to Newburyport Blue, I thought I had a winner! Not too dark, didn’t look as purple as Hale Navy, and seemed to match the hue of my blue curtains in my bedroom. You can see Newburyport Blue below around the towel ring and along the countertop. Doesn’t it look good?? I thought so.
After purchasing a gallon of eggshell paint and spending 5 hours of my life prepping, cutting in and rolling…the sun began setting and all the sudden my perfect blue paint was purple. #no
What. The. Eff. Luckily, I noticed this before I had finished cutting in around the ceiling and applying the second coat, but it still cost me those hours of my life. And $40 in wasted paint. I was
shook (nope, can’t do it) shaken. The bathroom sat half painted for WEEKS. Worse than that, I had about 10 different colored swatches on every wall trying desperately to find that “perfect” navy I thought I had already found. I was so scared to mess it up again and waste my time and all that money on paint.
Some of my swatches seemed too bright in the daytime, but perfect at night. Some still seemed like they might be purple under artificial lighting. Some were maybe too dark, others too light, etc.
I still think Newburyport Blue looked awesome during the day and that was also really messing with my head. Below is the only wall that wasn’t covered with a million different blue swatches. I even tried changing my warm white LED bulbs to daylight bulbs, and it helped the purple situation a little, but I just couldn’t handle it. It felt like a gas station bathroom to me.
After much, MUCH deliberation and annoying my husband daily by asking him what he thought of a new swatch I put up, I finally made a decision. “Night View” by Valspar was the winner. I actually initially disqualified it immediately because it was so much darker than all the other samples I had. But, after staring, and staring, and staring at it, it grew on me, and after painting a billion other test swatches of it on every wall, I decided to just go for it. And it is perfect.
HOWEVER, the bathroom wasn’t finished just yet. I still had to shiplap that water closet and put the room back together! Stay tuned for Part 2!