BARNHOUSE | Eggplant Paint Bathroom Refresh!

Room Makeovers

The bathroom is Eggplant!!! And I LOVE IT!! If you have been following along on @ISPDIY IG stories, you’ve heard all about how much I dislike purple. But after seeing this picture on the Fallow & Ball website, I became obsessed with using it somewhere, and this bathroom on the landing at the Barnhouse was the winner. This is so far out of my comfort zone, and I waffled for a bit, but went for it, and am SO HAPPY. It turned out exactly how I envisioned in my head. And it just feels so darn good in this bathroom now!

The color is just so rich! This bathroom does not have a window, so a dark color might seem like strange choice. But when the sunlight from the landing shines in, it is beautiful. And the light color tile helps the smaller bathroom not feel too dark.

To be completely honest, I had run out of steam renovating the Barnhouse, so this bathroom was never really “designed.” I picked out the floor tile and the sink…and the wall tile was leftover from the kitchen, and when it was all put together I did not have a vision for how to finish it. This was originally just an open space on the second floor that I turned into a bathroom. It gets used a ton, it was just not sparking any joy…

Now it brings ALL the JOY! I walk past it a hundred times a day, because it’s at the top of the stairs next to the bedrooms and nursery. And I keep peaking in and smiling 🙂

The key to using a dark color on top and a light color on the bottom is grounding the lower half with dark decor and lightening up the top half with art. The goal was to make it feel balanced.

I can’t say that I love purple now, but I can say I love the color Brinjal (which means eggplant) by Farrow & Ball. This was my first time using their paint (not sponsored at all). I had just heard about how beautiful and saturated their colors are, and WOW! The color is so deep and stunning in person. I used 2 coats to get the true depth of color. Another plus: the paint did not have an odor, which was so nice painting in a house with a baby. For local readers, I ordered this paint through The Workroom.

The corner gallery wall was an idea that took a few tries to get right. An artist, Emily Ruth, sent me the nude drawings, which I loved for a bathroom. And I knew I wanted to mix with other neutral art. So I gathered all the etchings I had around my house. The first configuration was not right, so I slept on it. The next day I picked up some frames from Goodwill and spray painted the mat. Check my EGGPLANT highlight on @ISPYDIY for details. I moved things around, and now the scale and arrangement feels just right.

This smaller, windowless bathroom was a challenge to photograph. (I am smooshed against the back wall of the shower with a wide lens for this shot, ha!) But I hope it gives a good idea of the bathroom. The toilet is compact because the shower door swings out and needs to pass. I needed to maximize every inch of this bathroom!

The rug from The Loom House and branch from my neighbor’s Japanese Maple tied it all together!

The sink is the Bannon Sink! We took off the front metal piece, which was bolted on, so I tied a rope through the holes and hung a towel on it!


Paint color: Brinjal by Farrow & Ball
Kohler Bannon Sink
Floor Tile Laura Ashley
Wall Tile Splendours White 3×12
Nudes by Emily Ruth
Other art Vintage
Michael’s Wicket basket
Mirror with shelf
Linen towels
The Loom House Rug (vintage but check their site for similar ones)
Lolio Rug outside the bathroom
Towel Hooks are old Target

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  1. Kelligrace says:


  2. Kourtney says:

    Literally every time you touch something it’s perfect! I cannot believe it’s possible, but you have outdone yourself again! Wow! The finishing touches and textiles really are done so well!

  3. Terri says:

    This bath makes me smile! I’m not a fan of purple either but you nailed using it in this makeover. Your talent for the unexpected shines through once again. Bravo!

  4. Megan says:

    So so good!!! A richness but doesn’t feel heavy.

  5. Debra Murphy says:

    This is absolutely stunning! Just love the deep color which seems so romantic…

  6. Tracy says:

    Wow this bathroom is gorgeous! I really love the eggplant color too!

    Find Your Dazzle

  7. Deborah T says:

    Love the color- great job with art arrangement!!! Genius with the rope towel bar! My experience with Farrow and Ball has been superior! Love it. You’re amazing !!!

  8. Kathy-Anne says:

    It’s beautiful! I love dark paint in the right circumstance – so cozy. I painted our master bedroom in my old house Benjamin Moore’s Raphael (rich garnet colour) and used cream accents (trim and lace curtains). It was stunning and cozy. Great job!

  9. Michelle Nettles says:

    Gorgeous!! Eggplant in one of my favorite colors. Love that sink too. Great job!!

  10. Lauren Niemcewicz says:

    Love the bathroom! And using it for inspiration for my own half bathroom! Quick Q… where is the small light fixture from in this bathroom? Love it!

  11. Patty says:

    I am in love with this bathroom ! You do such awesome work…I love the color purple and this is perfect !

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