Master Bathroom: Purple Walls & New Mirrors

From the beginning, we knew we wanted our master bathroom to be purple. That might sound crazy to a lot of you, but purple was our wedding color and it is special to us. It’s also one of the colors in our master bedroom, so it made sense.

A thousand years ago, I developed this little mood board for the bathroom:


Since this moodboard was made in 2009 (?!?), we’re not planning on following it but it gives you a general idea of where we want to go with the room.

And then we tested out a paint color from Martha Stewart’s line, I forget the name of the paint. You can see it in the next picture – the purple painted on the wall on the right, in the top pic.

ย purple colors

I didn’t like the color that much. It made our cultured marble tub look kind of pink-ish. And I was afraid that it was too purple. I love purple, but there IS such a thing as too much purple.

Then we moved on to other things, until I watched an episode of Secrets of a Stylist and fell in love with the purple walls that Emily used.

secrets from a stylist purple room

via (the color in this pic is apparently edited to look more plum-ish than it really is)

I hightailed it to her blog and found the paint color: Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Charm. Doesn’t that sound just… charming? We got a sample and loved how it looked on our walls, so we immediately bought a gallon.

Of course, it took us nearly a year before we actually opened the paint can, but hey, it’s never too late. And I LOVE IT. This purple is soft, cozy, and looks great with white.

purple bathroom 2

Our bathroom gets a LOT of light during the day, so the purple walls really work well with all that light and all the whiteness of the cultured marble in the room.

purple bathroom

Just ignore all the mess – we gotta clean up in there and do a lot of touch-ups. But as of right now, the room makes me happy every time I walk in there. And since I’m preggo, I walk in there. a. lot.

We took down the huge builder, plain mirror over our vanity to paint the walls and it was amazing how much smaller the bathroom felt without the large reflective surface. Mirrors REALLY do make a room feel bigger.

We set out to look for the perfect mirrors and narrowed it down to two options: the Segovia Whitewashed Mirror from World Market and the allen + roth Arch Frameless Mirror from Lowe’s.

which mirror purple bathroom

I’ll say this about the mirror from Lowe’s – it was perfectly wrapped in its box and it comes with its own hanging hardware. Excellent. But we like the World Market mirror better.

The World Market mirror is bigger and its white frame contrasts nicely with the purple walls.

mirrors side by side

The Lowe’s mirror is really beautiful, though, and I would recommend it to anyone. It’s really of great quality even though it isn’t that expensive.

The only thing I’m not sure about the white mirror is its “aged” finish. It looks vintagey, which goes with our purple walls in theory, but that isn’t really the look we’re going for. I’m thinking about giving it a coat of white spray paint.

two mirrors

I haven’t made a decision yet, though. I’ll chase down a second mirror at another World Market (the one nearest us only had one in stock) and hang them up… and let them simmer a bit before we make our final decision.

We’ll also paint our vanity a light gray (see below) and I’m sure that will help us decide what to do with the mirror. Also, we need to find new lights (and get an electrician to put in two light areas instead of one, ugh) and the style of our new lights will factor into our decision.

mirrors gray sample purple bathroom

I want to hop in the car RIGHT NOW to search for tiles and lights, but there’s the problem of the car being at Nick’s workplace (we have only one car) and the little baby girl sleeping upstairs. Why must my life be so difficult?

9 Comments on “Master Bathroom: Purple Walls & New Mirrors

  1. Girl, your house is really coming together beautifully. I just love it! And I am drooling over that gorgeous purple walls. Plum is my favorite color, actually. ๐Ÿ™‚ About mirrors, have you thought about her and his mirror? The white one for you, and a steel one for Nick? Or something like that?

    p.s. CONGRATS on your second pregnancy. <3

  2. Love the plum and the WM mirror. You’re on the right path, dear elisa. Btw, I spy Baby J in the very last photo. Cute!!

  3. I really like the color you chose for your bathroom! I vote for the white framed mirror– although I like it vintage-y as is… but if you’re looking for a modern-sleek look then, yea, paint it all white. And, gray cabinets, oh yes!

  4. I love the purple! I am also, for some reason, suddenly addicted to a deep, grape-y purple and have nowhere to put it. I’ve worked a bit of it into my daughter’s room but she keeps shooting me down and requesting pink.

    I also used that frameless mirror in my MIL’s dining room, and have wanted to use it in my own house, but again, nowhere to put it. I think the white one is a higher contrast against the purple walls, though. They would both look good.

  5. Definitely thumbs up on that shade- I just picked out the colors for Stephen’s house last fall and one thing I learned about my darling- he works FAST- within a month, the house was all painted! Of course, thanks to hiring Chuck (remmy him from Gally Bball?). ๐Ÿ™‚ It took me some time to get used to the green we picked for the main floor- but wow, paint definitely makes a difference. It’s one thing to aww at your blog but to actually see the transformation, just wow! ๐Ÿ™‚ The best thing about this blogpost is J, of course! Love her sleek hairdo! Much hugsss

  6. Girl, when you said purple I kind of cringed. Purple is one of my least favorite colors. But this? This is not just purple. This is gooooorrrrrrgeous! I love, love, love this color. You did a fantastic job. Super impressed.

  7. WOW! I just stumbled across your blog and am so impressed by all the lovely pictures and the beautiful design!
    We are currently discussing redoing our apartment and I love your purple bathroom inspiration. We had our bedroom painted in plum color but that felt to dark after a while so we changed it into light grey – but for the bathroom that would be so stylish again!
    Thank you for the inspiration

    many greetings from Zurich

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