Before and After: A Nondescript Bath Becomes Visual Eye-Candy with a Bold, Bespoke Paint Job and Shiny Finishes

published Mar 27, 2021
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before photo of project bathroom
Credit: Megan Hopp

When you’re looking to turn a blah bath into a jewel box of a space, the power of paint can’t be underestimated, according to interior designer Megan Hopp. A few years back, she worked on three small bathrooms for a client — all of which were nearly identical — and a patterned paint job is what really turned these nice but nondescript spaces into total showpieces.

That’s not to say that this bath wasn’t functional or fine to begin with; Hopp just knew she could make it feel more like the homeowners’ vibe: lively and stylish. “This bath’s before is a good example of what I like to call ‘developer luxe,’ [meaning] neutral enough for all types of buyers but not actually anyones specific taste, at least not anyone I know,” says Hopp. “The client was one who not only was not afraid of color and pattern but craved it, and as such, this gave me ample license to really lean into the type of design that sits at the center of my wheelhouse.”

Credit: Megan Hopp

Known for her whimsical and colorful designs, Hopp got right to work on the largest surface in the room, the walls, customizing the space above the existing marble tiled wainscoting using a painted squiggle pattern reminiscent of Vivienne Westwood’s iconic Squiggle wallpaper for Cole & Son. “I worked with the ultra-talented decorative painter Heather Jozak,” says Hopp. “Not only does Heather have an incredible ability to execute the most amazing work, but she is also so talented at developing personalized designs.”

Credit: Megan Hopp