Get the Look: The Magical Bathroom in “Mary Poppins Returns”

updated May 3, 2019
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(Image credit: Jay Maidment/Disney)

Practically perfect in every way, “Mary Poppins Returns” was nominated for an Academy Award for Production Design. We wrote about the updates John Myhre made from the original 17 Cherry Tree Lane, and it made me want to recreate the kids’ super sweet British bathroom pronto. You thought it was the dolphin being pulled out of the tub that made it whimsical, but you’re wrong. It’s the clawfoot tub.

The style of the bathroom could be considered quite old fashioned now, with walls tiled to the ceiling and a marble topped console sink. But as we know everything old is new again, so why can’t we embrace this porcelain slice of heaven?

The palette is white, off-white, grey, and various shades in between. There is a yellow and brown stripe pattern on the tiled wall, just above head height to keep the tiling from feeling overwhelming. It creates a frame so you’re not in a haze of white. When selecting whites for your bathroom, consider how much natural and artificial light your space will be getting as it can affect whether your tiles start to look yellowish. Be sure to consider the white of the wall tile against the white in the floor tile. The floor tile is a classic black and white pattern that mixes large white square tiles with small black square accents.

(Image credit: Jay Maidment/Disney)

Now for the fun stuff: picking a gorgeous rounded clawfoot tub with shiny hardware and spacious room to soak or dive into an underwater dream. You could go either polished chrome or nickel. Nickel gives more warmth than chrome, but either would work in this bathroom. Whichever you decide, be sure it is an option for your sconces as well. Simple, round open shade sconces are perfect — it’s not the place to make a statement. I mean, have you seen the bathtub?

Moving on to the sink. A console style offers no storage and in 2019 everyone is hot for storage. But, what if instead of shoving all of your crap under your sink, you bring in a cream colored armoire to hide your deodorant and hair gels and nose strips and rusty razors and let your sink be the styling surface it was meant to be? Can we not reach for a more glamorous lifestyle? Can we not be the best version of ourselves?

Finish the look with fluffy white towels, a wicker basket and a few glass bottles with stoppers for your lotions and potions. Now all that’s left is to sink into a bubble bath.

Get the look

(Image credit: Anita Shriver)