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Posted by treasuretheday
Sun, Jun 24, 12 at 15:43
|We're renovating our teenage son's/guest bathroom which has an alcove tub/shower combo. We're putting in a curved double shower rod over the 6' tub to maximize space since it will primarily be used for showering. We'll need a shower curtain that is wider than the standard 72" so I've been searching online for 84" fabric shower curtains. I've been really disappointed with how little is out there in this size. Most of them are plain white which I am hoping to avoid because we've chosen to go with a biscuit colored tub, toilet and sinks.
Do you know of any online sources with a great selection of extra wide shower curtains?
Since I'm using a double rod and will have a separate liner, could I use regular curtains? If so, what fabric & style would you suggest?
I'm going for a neutral zen-like feel in a soft-contemporary/transitional style. These are the materials that we've chosen...
The focal point of the room will be stacked slate on the vanity wall with two back-lit mirrors and three hanging pendant lights. The porcelain floor and wall tile are the same neutral color and there will be a 6" stripe of the glass/stone mosiac on the shower walls. The small square sample in the grouping is the quartz countertop material which will go on an 85" long double vanity with an espresso finish.
Close up of the Quantra Paramo quartz:
I don't want the shower curtain to make a statement but anything that large is going to be noticed so it has to compliment my other materials.
A few inspiration photos from Houzz...
What would you do?
Any suggestions on wall color and accent color(s) would be great.
Thanks so much for any advice.
|May I suggest you make the shower curtain? |
I haven't bought a ready-made shower curtain in years.
It's so nice to have the whole world of drapery material to choose from.
If you're wanted to do that, and haven't done it before, I'd be glad to tell you how I do them.
|I love your materials and inspiration pics! IMO, you can still have white fabric with a biscuit tub. I'd love to see some green introduced in the accents, since the grays and stone remind me of a creek or waterfall, and a curtain with green bamboo or leaves fits my idea of Zen and nature-inspired. I think you'd need to be careful with using regular draperies, though, which could be more prone to mildew? If you can't find something suitable in 84'', what about getting two 54'' shower curtains (shower stall size)?|
Here is a link that might be useful: My idea of the perfect shower curtain...YMMV
|Regular drapery works fine, but I would recommend it be a washable fabric, and certainly not anything like silk that water spots. You just need a good separate liner behind it. Not only do you have the width advantage, but you also have the choices of length, so the curtain falls longer and has a nicer look. Standard shower curtains are only 72" long, and so often look like flood pants. LOL|
|I just remodeled my guest bath and was also aiming for a Zen spa type feel. I used restoration hardware's white fabric shower liner for the inside rod and the satin stitch curtain for the outside rod. It's a very lightweight cotton material. |
I don't know if it's available extra-wide but this type of fabric might be what you're looking for.
|I used 2 in our guest bath, since I wanted a lush feeling and I, too, used a curved rod. I was going to make it, but decided I might not be as inspired the next time I needed one, and the bath wasn't newly remodeled:)|
|Thanks for the input! |
Bronwynsmom... I wouldn't be up to the task, but you've got me thinking that having something custom made would be great. I'll have to look into how expensive that would be.
Jessicaml... Thanks! I appreciate your opinion on using white since that is so much more available. I like the bamboo print that you linked. You know, you're right. I probably could go with two panels for my outer, decorative curtain as long as I still use a single liner. When the shower isn't in use, I'd just push the liner to one side and open both panels, like window drapes.
Les917... You're right, it definitely needs to be washable. I've started looking at Sunbrella fabrics for their anti-mildew feature. (Wow, are they ever expensive though!) I'll have to measure the length I can use, especially if I do go custom because I hate the flood pants look too!
Juddgirl2... I'll take a look at RH's website again now that I'm broadening my options a little more. I'd love to see a picture of your room.
Thanks for the ideas... keep them coming!!
|Deeinohio... Do you mean that you used two panels on a single curtain rod with a liner? Or do you have a double rod?|
|I used 2 separate Peacock Alley matelasse curtains with 2 separate liners on a single curved rod. I also used the below Moen double curtain rings (2 sets), which I love since I don't have to remove the curtain or liner to clean the other, and they're super easy to use. |
Here is a link that might be useful: Moen curtain rings
|I love shower curtains. And ive always thought these by Thomas Paul were so cool. |
I would also try Etsy. It's a pretty easy job for someone so inclined, and at Etsy you can probably find someone to make exactly what you want.
Here is a link that might be useful: shwr c
|Yup, Etsy has tons. Customizable length and width and even color (the one below can match your paint)|
Here is a link that might be useful: one example from Etsy
|I think that a white shower curtain would look great, especially if you have crisp white towels out. Nothing says "spa" like white towels. :) |
By the way, I just love your selections.
|I love your selections too, Treasuretheday! Gorgeous! I also agree with Birdlover that a simple white shower curtain & white towels would be wonderful. When I say simple, I mean no scrolls or frou frou in the design, but no skimping on quality! Lots of texture in an understated design for both towels and shower curtain would be ideal. You also need a good substantial weight for the towels and fabric. It's not a delicate, whispy sort of room. It will have real presence. |
It's going to be great!
|Mtnrdredux... Thanks for the Etsy suggestion! I hadn't even thought to look there. And who knew that there would be someone doing color-matched custom shower curtains for a very reasonable price? Definitely bookmarking that one! |
Bird_lover6....Thank you! I agree with you on fluffy white spa towels but my reality of a 13 year old son may make that impractical. LOL
Thanks for all of your help showing me some options. I have a feeling that the best way to go will be to wait until the tub, tile and slate are in since that may make the choice more obvious. One thing I am going to do at this stage though is make sure that the necessary blocking is in place to install the shower curtain rod at either a 72" OR an 84" height so that it would work with whatever I choose.
Once I can post pictures of everything in the room, I'll definitely be looking for help on choosing the right paint color!
|Stinky-gardner... I love your description and ideas for my room and agree that texture and quality would be essential, particularly if I do go the white route. Hmmmm, now I'm rethinking white.... I suppose I could bleach my teenager's towels(!) Do you think white would be OK even with the biscuit tub and fixtures? It's funny, we had put samples of Kohler's white and biscuit next to our selections and decided that the white was just too cool and we liked that the biscuit gave us a warmer, slightly off-white without going all the way to beige. We have all biscuit in our recently completed masterbath but, because we have a frameless glass shower, I didn't have to tackle the shower curtain question. I'm thinking that I should test out a white shower curtain against my tub...|
|This one might look good. It's Donald Trump collection from Wayfair.|
|I agree with Bronwynsmon about custom. I never buy shower curtains either. For one thing, I prefer a longer curtain. Drapery panels are easy to modify to a shower curtain if you have basic sewing skills. |
|You could look at a california king flat sheet which is 72"x84" and is already hemmed and very washable. Then use a clip ring to attach. |
Maybe something like this dresden blue
|oh, almost forgot --- a very inexpensive way to go, that is also "spa" is white waffle weaver |
they have that at BBnB
|Yes Treasure, test it out. I think it's worth a try. In my sis's 3 new baths, her cabinets are a creamy white with black matte quartz counters & all linens are snowy white. I think it looks clean, crisp and classic. True, she has a white tub and toilet, but there's a substantial amount of the creamy custom cabinetry too. I'm sure the color is along the lines of your biscuit porcelain. At least in her case, I think ivory towels would look kind of dull. The white just looks so fresh. Can't wait to see pics of your finished project! |
Mtn, I love a white waffle weave shower curtain!
|I use 2 standard shower curtains and overlap two of the curtain ring holes. I have found that for my sloppy teenage son, it works great. He can enter the shower from center or either end. It also insures that there is more protection on each end.|
|I picked up a basic white liner today and this is what it looks like in the actual tub with my slate, tile and quartz. |
Excuse the dirt (and spider!), the tub has been in my garage for a couple of weeks.
I want to like it but I just don't know... what do you all think?
|You could use white/ivory towels for decoration and give your son charcoal towels to use and a hook in his room for it to dry on or a separate hook in the bathroom.|
|I like it, but if you're not lovin' it, don't do it! You should feel really happy with whatever goes in that gorgeous room! |
You could try taupes or grays, maybe? Taupe and gray with a little cream in the shower curtain? Once the room is all done, you'll probably have a better idea. The tile and other elements are going to change the lighting in there dramatically. It's hard to really know for sure what's going to feel right until it's all together. At least it would be for me.
Your tub is pretty. I like the biscuit.
|You're right. I need to be patient and let this room come together. I'm struggling a little with this room because I don't feel like I have as clear of a vision for what I want it to look like as I did in our masterbath. That room took a year but I could see it in my head all along. |
Thanks for the help, everyone. I'll post pics once we get things installed.
Here is a link that might be useful: Our masterbath project
I think you are right. Biscuit is a lovely color, and against it, stark white looks like lining fabric instead of something intentional - it doesn't do anything for the creamy biscuit, either, which gets sort of beige against the white.
I am liking the idea of a good gray linen.
|Sorry, not a fan of the white. I think it often looks like a hospital curtain, unless there is a lot texture or a very specific color story. |
I would look for a mushroom color fabric. I think it would pull out the warm grey-brown in the trim tile and the stone, and work with the biscuit fixtures. Warmer than a grey in that space.
If you later decided you want something a little more contrasting, something in a rust color would be stunning.
|Can you do a contemporary glass door for the shower? That would go best with your choices for the bathroom look you desire.|
|Well, if Bronwynsmom & Les don't like it, it must be all wrong! I have seen creams & whites work beautifully together, but maybe they don't...this time! |
Treasure, that was quite a transformation of your master bath! Wowza!
EG3d's idea is great, but maybe you're saving on that expense with this bathroom.
|From a functional and decorative point of view, I am not a fan of glass doors unless they are frameless, full-length (which means no bathtub), the room has some other element of warmth, and the shower area is larger than the minimum.|
|Again, good points, B'smom!|
|Aw shucks. Thanks, StinkyG - one thing I never run out of is opinions....|
|Haven't read all the replies, but if you opt for using two curtains as one poster suggested, take a look at Restoration Hardware. They have a wide selection of neutrals in their diamond matelasse fabric shower curtains, which are a nice quality.|
|On the subject of two curtains...unless you mean to draw them back in both directions, which would expose the liner, (unless you used two of those as well, and left the whole business open), I would combine the two curtains in the traditional way...which means, you cut the second one in half, and sew the two halves to the two sides of the first one. Otherwise, you have either a seam or two side hems running down the middle of the whole business. |
That means undoing the top and bottom hems, at least far enough back to re-sew them in a continuous hem once the pieces are joined all the way along.
Any good seamstress should understand that if you decided to have it done.
|Oh my goodness... so much to think about once you deviate from "standard"! |
Thanks very much for all of your guidance. I hope that one of these options will speak to me once the tile, slate, etc. are in the room (as opposed to my cluttered garage!) Time for me to stop obsessing over decisions that don't need to be made yet.
Having said that, I did spend most of this afternoon shopping for cabinet hardware and I haven't even seen the vanity that my Amish cabinet maker has built! hehehe
Many more posts/questions to follow, I'm sure.
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