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Bathroom Three Ways #2


Remember my Icelandic reader? The one with the bathroom remodel from a while back?

Here's the second moodboard I made for her. Basically it's to show her and you that if you go for a neutral  and basic look for the bathroom itself, such as floor, tiles, fittings and fixtures you can then accessorize it in many different ways to create different moods.

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Just to remind you of the layout of the bathroom again and here are the components of today's Natural theme. This time I did most of the virtual shopping at IKEA but I'm also sending my reader into the woods :).

1. I chose a pale subtIe green wall color. The color number is NSC S1020-G30Y. NSC is the standard color system over here. All paint brands can mix it for you. The numbers and letters basically tell you the ingredients needed to achieve the color.

2. To me pretty packaging (or decanting into pretty containers) is part of accesorizing a bathroom. Love these which aside from looking good smell divine to. LÄGGA IN LÄNK!!!

3. It's nice to step out of the shower on to a soft  bath mat. It also helps give the room a less stark apperance since there's no shower curtain. I'd probably go for matching or crisp white towels.

4. I like this simple soap dish which could also be used to corrall countertop clutter such as hair pins or jewelry.

5. Baskets are great for storing extra toiletries. These round ones are cute and will break up the squareness that's going on in this bathrroom.

6. Again I would use that under the eves nook next to the toilet for laundry baskets. These are nice and go well with this natural theme.

7. This is the point where I'm asking my reader to go chop down a tree. I remember my parents having home carved hooks in their sauna and I've lately been thinkimg I want to make some myself. They would look awesome in this bathroom scheme.

8. I like the look of these. They remind me of sea glass and would look nice on the vanity.


So which one do you like the best so far, the Soft theme above from the first post or today's Natural theme?

I promised three themes; Soft, Natural and Bright so Bright is still coming up. Stay tuned! 


Ps. Don't forget, the Polli give away ends tomorrow!


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Natural is my favourite. Amazing work, Benita.
All the best.


An alternative to using a tree,

Not natural, but nifty. I have two in my front hall for keys and scarves. My husband calls them the "hall tree" which in the US is an old-fashion piece of furniture with a mirror and hooks, sometimes a bench.


LOVE the natural. I would not have thought of using round containers, but I love them.


We are not, of course, surprised to hear that you would go with crisp white. ;-)

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

I'd personally go with crisp white towels but if the tile is pure white I'd consider towels matching the bath mat.

Punctuation Mark

loving the soft... it can be mixed a of other things...

Purple Area

Lovely pastels!!


I love the Natural! What kind of towels would you recommend to go with this theme?

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

Here's how I do it (I'm no expert though):
* Select the image from the web. Right click and "Save image as". Always remember to give credit for anything taken from the web! In this case I'm giving them traffic:)
* Open image (usually a JPEG) in Photoshop. Save as a GIF.
* Open the GIF version of the image and use magic wand or other cutting out tool to mark around the edges of your item and click outside the selection with the wand and click delet. The background is now gone. Save.
* I use Corel Draw to make the collage and layer the items but this can also be done in PS. I'll be learning how to do it in Photoshop too though (taking classes right now). I assume you can use any software for this where images can be pasted. Save as JPG.
* Done!


I prefer the Soft one better, although the Natural is also fab. I would love to be able to do mood boards as well. In fact your ideas (these and previous)have inspired me to do my own Interior Decorating course if only to do my own house.

Looking forward to seeing the Bright one!

Benita ~ Chez Larsson

OMG! Let me know if I should chop one down for you :)


I know I will like Bright so Bright the most!

Jennifer S.

I like the Natural one better. I think it makes it feel like my idea of a spa. The baskets and trees bring some texture to the bathroom, which is really beautiful but kind of austere.

Ekvalla goes Boston

Driftwood is even more beautiful!!!


Glad to know I am not the only sucker for beautiful packaging. Both my husband and I often buy things in part based on the looks.

icelandic reader

Ha ha did you know you need government permission to cut dow trees here even if it's a tree in your own garden :-) We are very tree protective ;-)
I also love the natural theme. And I could have the hooks made and sent over from Sweden :-) We have a lof of driftwood too. Thank you, thank you so much!


Definitely the NATURAL!!!

Ekvalla goes Boston

I love your moodboards. This time I prefer the NATURAL. It suits a bathroom well, almost like a beach inside.

Sandy Bowers

Love the natural look! It's great to see one space converted into multiple looks just by changing accessories. Thanks!


the twig hooks totally do it for me, so my fave is Natural

Frau Mayer

Dear Benita, your work surely is awesome - and seeing these digital mood boards put together so nicely I can't resist asking you: How do you do that? Would you care to spill the beans on that? thanks!


I agree with Petra, they both do look great. But I'd go with the natural look. I just love those hooks made of branches.
But I'd choose the natural one based mainly on the fact that I'm not a big fan of violet/lilac color and the wing hooks are maybe just a bit too humoristic. But if the owner of the bathroom loves lilac, well don't listen to me then!

Petra from NL

Hard to choose! You put the schemes together so beautifully that they both look great. But seeing Soft again, I think that's still my favourite. It gives just a bit more colour, without going overboard. I think it would stay interesting longer...

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