Perhaps due to being stuck at home for too long or a wallpaper addiction issue, co-founder Christiana Coop recently refreshed her bathroom with new paint and wallpaper. Whatever the reason, we think it turned out so beautifully and wanted to take a deep dive into the design decision making process with her.
You recently did a bathroom makeover using our Night Heron (Ebony) mural. Why did you choose that pattern?
I started by painting the lower walls of my bathroom to match the previous wallpaper, and found a light shade of blue. I didn't test the color first, and when I was done, I realized it looked like my childhood swimming pool locker room. I couldn't get past that and didn't like it. I find pale blue paint colors very tricky as they can easily feel very "nursery" or in this case "locker room," but I finally landed on a beautiful shade called Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore. However, this color didn't work with the old wallpaper, so I decided to redo that as well. I'd been wanting to try our gorgeous Night Heron mural somewhere but had zero blank wall space. The colors and dreamy vibe works so nicely with this shade of blue - it was the perfect excuse for a pattern change.
Any other design considerations?
I wanted to use something from our shower curtain collection too, so picked Andanza Taupe to work with the mural and wall color. It's such a soft and delicate pattern and so easy to add into any pattern mix. Here, it almost works like a neutral, but a neutral with interest.
You only wallpapered the top half of the wall in this space. Any tips for ensuring that the mural still felt right on a half wall?
The most important step was to get the placement of the first panel correct. I made sure that the main element (the tall bird) would be visible from as many angles as possible. So, I started with that panel and placed it on the wall that you see through the doorway. And then because I was doing a half wall, I also wanted to make sure I could include as much detail from the mural as possible, which means (very sadly) that I couldn't include all the bottom elements. I placed the bird as high as it could go to allow for as much of the lush ground foliage as I could, but still allowed for a couple inches of breathing room between the top of the bird's head and the ceiling.
What do you think this mural adds to your space?
I'm truly so in love with it! It's designed by Lisel Jane Ashlock based on the flora and fauna of Sonoma County where I am lucky enough to live so I feel personally connected to it. It's sophisticated, mystical and calming all wrapped in one which I've been really enjoying. I tend to gravitate to brighter colors and bolder pattern mixes, but this has me rethinking that... slightly ;)