It’s Curtains for You (Shower)!

I’m still trying to figure out what to do with our turquoise bathroom. The tub, toilet, tiles, and sink/countertop are staying. The mirror/medicine cabinet and vanity are staying too, but those will be painted (along with the walls, of course).

I already have a few bathroom accessories to work in. I had a gift certificate for Bed Bath & Beyond that I used to buy a wastebasket, tissue holder, and soap dish. They’re all by Jonathan Adler, and they’re all in a lovely shade of blue that will work well with the turquoise fixtures.

Jonathan Adler Signature Blue Bath Ensemble by Croscill

So what’s next for the bathroom? I don’t know! I’m most perplexed by the lack of white. Actually, no… I’m most perplexed by the lack of a decent neutral color. Our “neutrals” are an orangey/rusty/brown color and a mottled ochre/tan color. DO NOT WANT.

I’m trying to find a good shower curtain first and then base my colors around it.

Here’s what I have now:

And here are some other options:

Prairie View Shower Curtain from Anthropologie

Graphic Fabric Shower Curtain from Bed Bath & Beyond

Himmeli Shower Curtain from Crate & Barrel

Zinnia Shower Curtain from Garnet Hill

Waves Shower Curtain by west elm

Samovaari Shower Curtain from Crate & Barrel

Please do let me know if you’ve seen any other good shower curtains! I’m off to finish tiling the kitchen now…

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  • Anne (in Reno)
    July 10, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    I love the west elm waves curtain, with the stuff from BB&B you have a nice lighter blue and white accent combo, can you just paint the wood white and the walls too and suck it up until you can replace the tile? Also I think there is a matching floor mat to the waves curtain too with the lighter and darker blues in it.

  • Julia
    July 10, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    love the one you have. second choice would be west elm. both are so peaceful!

  • mamacita
    July 10, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    I don’t see how you could ever have a bad day if it starts in the Zinnia shower curtain. It’s so cheerful! I also think that one pulls in your, uh, disparate colors that you have to work with — it contains both the earthy colors of the tile and trim and the watery color of the bathtub.

  • janet
    July 10, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    loving the zinnia one. makes me think that the bathroom colors can be white, turquoise and red. primarily white, turquise of the stuff you have now, and just a pop of bright cherry red. (perhaps I am missing colors on things you cannot replace though…)

  • katiedid
    July 10, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    I do like the one you have and the west elm too! I have silimliar problem bathrooms with Terra Cotta tubs, toilets and sinks circa 1940(?) with ugly vinyl flooring, which MUST GO! Have you thought about calling the tile guys who just come in and coat everything you want in white? I know I have!But keep the turquoise! It’s very cool.

  • janet
    July 10, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    another thought, and then I will shutup already :)

    how about turquoise, white, and a light mango-y orange as an accent?

  • Jany
    July 11, 2007 at 5:36 am

    Me too, i think your current curtain is the nicest. For whole room i would go on a white – lightblue – turquoise color-combo, in order to keep it fresh !

  • Jamie Meares
    July 11, 2007 at 6:39 am

    i was instantly drawn to the crate and barrel one. it would give you your white, and the khaki — lots of neutral. i forgot – what color is the sink?

  • Shelby
    July 11, 2007 at 7:33 am

    I love the Zinnia one, it pulls all the many different colors together.

  • Liz
    July 11, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Love most of these, and really love the one you have now. Like the whites and light blues … and I did recently see a shower curtain at Gaiam that I loved, of course it’s not on their website, but it’s in their most recent catalogue and it is white with an aqua damask pattern on it… not much help tho, since I can’t find it on their site…

  • uncle beefy
    July 11, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Well, I must say I also like the Zinnia curtain (seems to be the popular choice)…BUT my vote would go to the Graphic Fabric from BB&B. Its poppy but a little more toned-down from the zinnia but draws on a number of different blues (like your tub and your new accessories) as well as an earthy olive-y brown (?). Yes, most assuredly, I vote for the Graphic Fabric.

    And, I feel for you SO much as I have the same ultra-glam medicine cabinet and lighting!

    Good luck!!!!

  • the antibride
    July 11, 2007 at 11:15 am

    the zinnia one is soooo nice!!! i think it’s a great way to combine the blue you have by default, and introduce new colors to the place (orange/tans that are your neutrals) along with a dash of red…

  • beachbungalow8
    July 11, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    i bought that jonathan adler waste basket at marshalls but it was a bit greener (i have your kitchen, anthro knobs in that bathroom) . it’s really nice looking. i’ve gone to ikea, bought a white panel, then sewn a color block (solid color fabric of same weight) from about 3 ft up. it feels a bit more substantial and can be hung higher than the average shower curtain and so feels less shower curtain-y

  • Kellye
    July 11, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    I just bought the West Elm Waves Shower Curtain in the Store for 9.95!!! They are having a huge in store summer sale to get ready for their fall line.
    Matching towels for 6.95 and matching rug for 9.95.

  • Julieta
    July 11, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    This one from Restoration Hardware is nice, and it’s on sale, which makes it even nicer. I don’t know how the blues match up, though. (Between your accessories and the curtain, I mean) I like curtains 2-4, but I don’t know how any of them would look with that tile as a backdrop–unless, of course, you plan on keeping it closed all the time.

  • Nicole | Making it Lovely
    July 11, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you everyone! I’ve just posted some renderings after narrowing down the choices to the Zinnia and the Graphic Fabric shower curtains. I kept finding myself drawn to the flowers of those two.