Thursday, January 13, 2011

Elevating a Shower Curtain...

Let's be real for a moment.  We have small bathrooms here at the Bozeman household.  And without any feasible options for knocking out walls and expanding, we have to get a bit creative to make things seem larger than they actually are.  Cue the shower curtain switcharoo.

We started with this really lovely shower curtain that we had registered for when we got married.

I've seen this shower curtain look fabulous in several friends' homes, but in our less than spacious potty room, it was saying, "Hey!  Over here!  Look at me in all my busyness!" 

I also felt like the very traditional feel of the pattern was not working with our semi-contemporary bedding and curtains in the master bedroom (which is attached to this bathroom).

So after reading this post over at Young House Love, I decided a longer, less-patterned shower curtain might be just the change that we needed. 

Andy and I still had gift cards to Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I started my search there.  After measuring floor to ceiling in our bathroom, I found that we were working with 96 inches.  The YHL bloggers had purchased a 95 inch curtain, but with only one inch of wiggle room in our bathroom, I felt that a 95 incher was far too long.  So, I went with an 84 inch long shower curtain (which still raised the shower curtain a full foot).  I also purchased a new, longer liner to match.  SIDENOTE:  Duncan would also like for me to note that the curtain was soft enough to comfortably rest your bum on.  :)

Yes, Moms out there.  I did iron this shower curtain.  It is made of 100% polyester, so I couldn't iron it on the hottest setting.  I did the best I could, and we are hoping that the wrinkles fall out with the steam of the shower (eventually).

Although I wasn't blown away with the new look, I do admit that it went a long way to "elongating" the bathroom.  The taller curtain draws the eye upward, and the white helps to make the bathroom feel airier.

Andy seemed to really like it, and he also agreed that it helped the bathroom feel bigger.  I guess I won him over on this one (and the fact that it was practically a "free" change with the usage of the gift cards).

So all of this to say, if you have a smaller bathroom, try purchasing a longer curtain to make things feel a bit roomier.  Not that you spend a TON of your time in the bathroom, but it helps!

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