Our girls share a bathroom. Fortunately, they are eight years apart and have done well sharing the small space. Our sophomore in high school doesn’t spend a bunch of time primping, and our seven-year-old prefers my shower over her bath. When we built the home, our teenager selected the shower and floor tile. We all loved the way it turned out and it was a nice neutral modern farmhouse style which has made it easy to decorate later on. With the bath tile going all the way up to the ceiling, there are only two walls to really decorate. I selected the wall behind the door to install the boho farmhouse bathroom wall treatment to. The bathroom is narrow, so we won’t hang any wall art over the treatment, but the treatment alone provides enough style and interest without additional art.
Coming up with the bathroom wall treatment was easy. I wanted horizontal board and batten, floor to ceiling, but I wanted to add more detail and interest. So, I found the perfect trim pieces to add a nice curve and some shape to the 1″x5″ boards. Selecting a paint color was another story. But to install this wall treatment, I measured twice, cut twice, and took my time with the finish work. The wall didn’t have texture on it to begin with, but the drywall and painter guys didn’t worry about over spraying bits of the texture or making little dings in the wall. Luckily, these imperfections didn’t cause any issues, and the wall turned out beautifully. You can do this wall treatment over a textured wall, or you can create a flat surface by skimming it or adding backer board. It’s all about personal preference and your long-term plans for the wall.
The biggest challenge with installing this wall treatment was accounting for the shower wall tile that was installed at an angle. You guys, this challenge was not fun, and I didn’t even notice it until later on. I would definitely recommend recruiting help to hold up and level long boards. I would have identified the angled tile edge much sooner if I would have asked for help. So, when it comes to holding up long heavy boards that you want level, just call for help. Other than that, this bathroom wall treatment was easy and even fun to create. I had to make sure the spacing between the horizontal boards worked out around the door trim (I like to avoid complicated cuts), but other than that it’s very straight forward.
Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment
First, clean and clear the wall.
Then measure the length of the wall and determine how many boards you’ll need and what length of boards. We have ten-foot ceilings and I placed 14″ between each board.
I used liquid nails and a brad nail gun with 18-gauge nails.
I left the existing baseboard in place and just painted it the same color as the wall treatment for a monochromatic modern farmhouse look.
Once all the horizontal boards are evenly placed and installed, I added the curved trim piece to the top and bottom of each board.
Patch all the nail holes, allow to fully dry, and then sand smooth. Clean all the dust.
Add caulking between the curved trim pieces and the board, and the curved trim pieces and the wall. I also caulked the ends and sealed up any cracks or lines to create a finished seamless look.
Once the caulk was dry, I taped off all around the wall treatment. For the right side where the treatment meets the white trim and wall, I first painted along the tapeline with the existing SW Alabaster white paint. This way, the green paint wouldn’t bleed into the little textured bumps. You can either do this method or touch up later – either way, you’ll get a nice defining line between where the two colors meet.
Then I painted on the Fresh Idea green color. I used a two-inch brush to paint the curved trim and along the sides. Then I rolled on the rest. The primed wall took two coats of SW Fresh Idea, and the eggshell finish looks smooth but is wipeable in this bathroom space.
Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment
Selecting paint colors is so fun, I love the process of determining the mood of the space, making sure the color flows with the rest of the home, and selecting something that imparts a certain feeling in the space as well. For a bathroom, I prefer calming and soothing tones. I see the value of energetic colors or just picking your favorite color too. The paint color would need to coordinate with our cabinetry color (SW Repose Gray) and it would need to be timeless over trendy because I do not like to paint and I’d rather not repaint this wall ever or for a long while. So, since my teenager, Sawyer, did such a great job with the tile selections, I asked her what color she preferred and she said green. So I found several green tones that I found acceptable and then asked both girls to pick their top two favorites. Luckily, they both picked the same one for one of their choices. The paint color is Fresh Idea by Sherwin Williams and it’s a beautiful medium/light green with a slight blue grey undertone. I would describe it as a muddy green blue. It dries darker than it goes on and matched the swatch perfectly so we were all really happy with the final results.
This medium green tone may be a little dark in a room without windows for some, but with the dark wall tile, it sort of brightened things up and added a nice contrast. Green is a neutral tone but it adds so much to this once totally neutral space. With a colorful runner rug and a few plants, this space turned out beautiful. I also opted to use the decorative shelving above the toilette to hold Sawyer’s bits and bobs. This way, she doesn’t have to clutter up the counter because the shelf is easily accessible and everything is right at her fingertips. For some reason, putting things back in drawers is much more of a chore~ So, while the wall shelf is a bit cluttered for my taste, it makes her morning routine easier.
I added the shower curtain, laundry basket, and runner rug to this space, and it instantly gave it a bit of a boho farmhouse vibe. The space is fresh and fun for my sweet girls and it’s so nice to add some color to this neutral space. If you see something you like, you can shop this space below. This post may contain affiliate links. This means I may receive a small commission from each purchase, at no cost to you. Thank you for using my links to help keep this blog going!
Boho Farmhouse Bathroom Wall Treatment: Video
Thank you so much for checking out this boho farmhouse bathroom wall treatment! It was an easy treatment to install, and the curved trim gives it an elevated look to the traditional board and batten style. I hope you are inspired to look at your bathroom or any wall for an opportunity to add a wall treatment. Fair warning, once you start adding beautiful wall treatments to your home, adding charm, you may find it difficult to stop. There are so many possibilities, and a wall treatment works so well with the farmhouse look – they’re all so beautiful. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can contact me on the blog, on Instagram, YouTube, or even Pinterest. Best wishes on your next DIY!