See how we transformed a dark, dated bath with fresh new nautical bathroom decor in this bathroom refresh with a beautiful blue hue!
The guest bathroom at the lake house we dubbed Calm Water Cottage was charming and in good working condition. However, as we updated the spaces around it with new lighting, carpeting, paint and modern decor, I felt it too needed a little refresh.
I wanted it to be lighter, brighter and a bit more modern, which has become the theme for updating spaces at the lake house! When designing a space, I consider the spaces around it.
I love working with what we have when at all possible! We updated to create a nautical bathroom without reworking electrical or replacing the vanity. In fact, it was paint that offered the biggest transformation.
This nautical bathroom makes a great refresh for any builder grade bathroom. Painting the overlay vanity is quick, easy and inexpensive and makes it pop!
The first step to a nautical bathroom is finding the right blue hue! Blue is the quintessential color associated with all things nautical. Living lakeside, it’s the perfect fit for our lake cottage bath. It’s a timeless classic!
Each weekend we’re at the lake the girls beg us to go to Ace. Sure, the staff is incredibly friendly and the girls love seeing the store’s pup, but they know what lies ahead – suckers!
We used Clark+Kensington Evening Calm 36B-6 to make it feel light, fresh and nautical..
During the day, Evening Calm is bright and cheerful – a perfect pairing to the floral wallpaper just outside the doors. In the evening, it feels calm and welcoming, just as the name suggests.
Evening Calm is warm, minimal and has dusty tones. It evokes the feeling of slowing down in today’s modern world – which is exactly what the lake house is all about!
Painting a vanity makes a big impact without a lot of effort. It set the tone for this nautical bathroom refresh. You can easily paint a bathroom vanity using liquid sandpaper simply remove hardware first, apply, allow to dry and paint!
Nautical Bathroom Decor
I take a “less is more” approach. A few nautical nods go a long way – especially in a small space such as a bathroom. Here are a few nautical bathroom accessories to consider:
- Boat Cleats – they make great towel hooks! They are available in both solid brass and stainless.
- Anything with an anchor on it!
- Nautical Rope – incorporate this easy DIY Nautical Rope Vase, a toilet paper holder made with rope or add a rope knot door stop.
Nautical Bathroom Accessories
I’ve long dreamed of replacing the tile floor with a tile mat that said “no diving”. However, to keep this refresh quick, easy and budget friendly, I had a bath mat monogrammed “no diving” instead! The color is a perfect match to Evening Calm and ties it all together.
Classic white towels always work well in a nautical bath, but stripes are always right, too!
Anything in brass, chrome or basket weave tends to lend itself well to the style as well.
If you want to mix another color into your bathroom accessories, red makes a great accent. I wove it in with the hand soap and lotion labels.
There are so many fun nautical lighting options – in fact, I struggled choosing just one!
You can never go wrong with brass, chrome or copper for nautical lake or beach style.
Select anything that looks reminiscent of a ship or nearby ports. Some examples include a beacon sconce, passageway lighting, navigation lights, etc.
How Evening Calm Feels
Styles It Fits
Let’s do a little before and after, shall we?
To give this space a complete makeover, we removed the light fixture, towel bar, shower curtain rod, faucet, and knobs. Then we stained the Tile Grout white. This made a huge impact with very little effort.
The wallpaper was removed and we painted the walls Clark+Kensington Designer White 1066. It has a high LRV to reflect the light and immediately made the space feel larger.
To make an impact, we painted the vanity with Clark+Kensington Evening Calm36B-6. Once it was dry and the paint had cured, we added new hardware.
Easy peasy! In fact, this transformation took place in just two days! Learn how to organize your vanity drawers in my Bathroom Organization post.
- Light fixture | https://rstyle.me/+_4EMpQpDS7KtXZdsoJ5L7Q
- Faucet | https://rstyle.me/+mIywE_I8jR8RcPqBUFjwgA
- Mirror | https://rstyle.me/+XxP6mPSiifEmioDw9wylcA
- Cabinet Pulls | https://rstyle.me/+U0AIwrj9Q39n399YXfapkg
- Shower Curtain | https://rstyle.me/+wtYGdQAfXT9_HVs8qiKNhQ
- Shower Curtain Rod | https://rstyle.me/+_9zylenmLi-KNlKKJzbiTQ
- Monogram Bath Mat | https://rstyle.me/+ccxgopC7WmJxxi1QTHHtcg
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