How to Add Softness, Pattern and Pretty Texture to the Master Bath

Adding softness,  pretty texture and pattern to the Master Bath

was on my mind for quite some time.

One way to do that would be to add some pretty drapes

if you have a large window in your bathroom.

I have a large window; however, I have sconces flanking that window

which makes adding drapes a problem.

So what did I do? I added drapes to the shower doors!

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I purchased more of the blue and white buffalo check fabric (3 1/12 yards)

that I had made into pillows previously and with my trusty Stitch Witchery

I made two panels by cutting the fabric in half lengthwise

and shirred them on a tension rod.

Master Bath Drape - Housepitality Designs

I have experienced that when shirring heavy fabric on a tension rod,

the fabric sometimes moves on the rod.

So I took some ribbon and tied it on the rod putting several knots in it and tied into a bow.

The knots creates a barrier that makes the fabric stay in place.

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Accessories were re-arranged and added.

Plant stands were brought into the Master Bath

that were originally in the dining room.

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I found these pretty blue and white planters at a local garden shop

and the plants fit perfectly.

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The buffalo check pillow made from the same fabric

as the shower door drapes.

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I previously stated that I did add some items to the master bathroom.

Can you see it?

Master Bath Vanity - Housepitality Designs

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This beautiful ironstone bowl and pitcher that I got on one of my summer travels.

I loved the pretty shape of the pitcher and the narrow bowl.

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My large hydrangea bush is filled with hydrangeas of so many different colors

as the blooms turn from pink to deep purple, to various shades of green.

Ironstone Bowl and Pitcher with Hydrangeas - Housepitality Designs

When the panels went up, they immediately added great softness and warmth

to the master bath. Not to mention, that I love the pattern it added too.

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The panels added to each side of the shower door

truly made a pretty difference in the Master Bath.

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The major difference it made was that it took one side of the Master Bath

that was lacking in appearance as it was pretty much a wall of glass

and made it another great focal point in the room.

Hope you had a great and safe 4th.

We attended a couple of BBQ’s this past weekend including my son’s first one in his new home.

It was a great day!

Speaking of a great day ….. hope yours is too!


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  1. Shirley, this is beautiful with the curtains! You were so smart to do that. Pinning and sharing on Facebook. 🙂

  2. LOVE those panels! And I still want your tub!!

  3. This is awesome! Exactly what I’ve been thinking my bath needed, though mine is much smaller. Love the curtain idea!

  4. What a great idea! Your home is beautiful! I love that your home is full of beautiful colors ( neutrals are great but I get so tired of them!). Thanks for the inspiration and for adding colors and patterns, I love it!?

  5. Gorgeous and each detail is so creative and inspiring!
    Your hydrangeas are beautiful too.

  6. Shirley, your bathroom looks beautiful! The curtains add the perfect touch, and I love the soft blue color. I also adore your new ironstone pitcher and bowl.

  7. They are absolutely gorgeous, Shirley! What a wonderful idea!

  8. Your bathroom is amazing! The colors are so beautiful you choose. I love the shower curtain.
    Prefect decor!

  9. Love the changes in your beautiful master bath, Shirley. Those buffalo check panels are perfect and truly do add a lovely softening touch to the whole room. So gorgeous!
    Mary Alice

  10. Oh my garsh! So jealous…love that tub, the little table next to it, the panels, the butterfly pictures…just the whole room! Lucky, lucky girl! You have such talent for putting pretty things together and making them look even better! But my bull-in-the-china- shop hubs would have that table and pretty pitcher/bowl set knocked over and broken in a heartbeat. 🙁 LOL!

  11. Thank you for sharing, Shirley. Love the softness the fabric gives.

  12. Shirley, how pretty. Love the color of the master bath walls, the same as the bedroom, what color is the blue? Thanks!

  13. How pretty! I love buffalo checks. And how lucky you are to have such a large bathroom! Both of ours are about a quarter of the size of yours. The ribbon to keep the curtain from sliding is genius! I’ve had that problem, but haven’t been clever enough to figure out what to do about it. LOL Now I know. 🙂

  14. Great idea, Shirley. And, it really looks so pretty.♥

  15. Your Master bathroom looks really good and I like the choices you made. Very soft and pretty. Love the idea of the drapes on each side of the shower.

    So glad that you had a great 4th. It was hell here, sounded like a War Zone. They have been shooting off fireworks for he last 2 weeks. My poor dogs were traumatized and i had to give them medication to calm them down. I really didn’t do anything as I wanted to be home with the dogs.

    So glad that your son got into his new home and celebrated the 4th. I bet your little sweetie was a great hostess. I got to spend time with Kelly over the weekend. We had such a great time together.
    I let her go through my fabric stash and she picked out quite a bit and we baked. She was only here Sat and Sun as dad went deep sea fishing. So it was great to be on a one to one with her.

    Enjoy the rest of the week.


  16. I love your bathroom. What is the color of the paint you used? Thanks!

  17. Love the fabric! I did a similar thing but swooped fabric to the side. I really love your style better. Sheila

  18. Unfortunately, I don’t have a place to add drapes to my shower door. I love how you did this!!! It looks beautiful as do all the accessories too. Your master bath is as beautiful as the rest of your amazing home. Have a beautiful day. I am staying in and organizing. I ate breakfast on the deck in the SHADE and it is still too hot. I saw Yvonne yesterday, impromtu get together as I decided to go up that way shopping so we met for a quick lunch.

  19. Shirley it’s just gorgeous! It’s so inviting! Pinned!!

  20. Pamela Standley says

    What an ingenious idea, Shirley. The beautiful drapery really does soften up the,feel in the room. Very pretty.

  21. Sherry Myers says

    This room just exudes calm, serenity, and softness. I love the colors and always have. Your idea for the drapes and the ingenuity of pulling it all together has “Shirley’s Touch” written all over it! So very pretty. I love that the fabric is used on the pillow also! Thank you for sharing your lovely ideas with your readers. I am glad you were able to enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends. I always look forward to each one of your posts.

  22. Super pretty, love Buffalo check. That small table and tray caught my eye right away


  23. The perfect addition, Shirley! I have always loved the way fabric softens hard spaces such as bathrooms!! The ironstone bowl and pitcher are gorgeous! Happy Wednesday!

  24. Your bathroom is amazing!!love everything in it. Can you share what your paint colors are and where you got that awesome fabric?

  25. I love this idea!! Your bathroom is beautiful.

  26. I love your bathroom, the curtains add a breezy feel. Very nice fabric choice.


  27. Shirley, I can’t add any more to what has already been said except to say you can work wonders in all that you touch!

  28. Beautiful drapes. Colors look wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  29. jeannette says

    You are clever! Love the panels and your choice of pattern. Definitely accomplished your goal for your master bath.

  30. That fabric is timeless and you can’t go wrong with buffalo checks…especially blue!

  31. Hi Shirley,
    Love the drapes on the shower doors. Looks amazing. Glad you had a wonderful 4th especially celebrating with your son and granddaughter. I bet your son is loving all your help with his new home. So exciting to own your first home. I am sure he loves his. Hope you are enjoying your summer and the baseball season. Have a great evening my friend.

  32. Your buffalo check drapes are just perfect there. The whole bathroom is beautiful.

  33. Love the drama and softness the panels add. What a great idea! Would you share your wall paint color? Such a gorgeous, soft hue. Thanks.

  34. Every detail is beautiful, Shirley! Just love the plaid draperies and the tub…stunning! Hope you’re having a great week!

  35. That looks very Classic and Pretty. I love Drapes to pull a room together! I had blue Buffaloe Checks in our master a few years ago and loved them but have changed to another fabric. I would love to see your son’s house after your beautiful to touch……

  36. bobbi duncan says

    Absolutely love this idea, Shirley! Really adds charm and softness. Beautiful bathroom, too.

  37. Oh wow… That does make a difference. It add this lovely softness… Beautiful…

  38. Please, please share your blue paint color for the bathroom. It’s beautifull!

  39. I love your buffalo check panels Shirley! They’re perfect for adding pattern and softness to your shower door~ genius!

  40. Shirley, I am drooling over your beautiful bathroom! The drapes just add to that. Linda

  41. This is one of the most original ideas I have seen in blogland for quite some time. I absolutely love it. Can you share the source for your checked fabric?

  42. Oh my gosh!! those are positively beautiful! I love the softness it adds……
    You have a lovely huge master bathroom….enjoy!

  43. I missed this during the busy 4th week Shirley, and wow, does it look fabulous! I love the big buffalo checks in the powder blue, so dreamy! Great tip with the ribbon too, beautiful!

  44. Shirley, I caught this post featured and just wanted to stop in and let you know how much I like it. Truly a touch of softness and in such soothing hues! The color scheme is classic, whether inland or coastal. Nice job!

  45. Any suggestions on where to find fabric similar to your buffalo check panels? Love the color and the look!!

  46. I love the curtains!! And that is genius tying the ribbon on the rod to keep them in place 🙂 I love that tub!!!

  47. Shirley, this looks gorgeous! I’m trying to figure out how to do a version of this in our new home. LOVE the look!

    Hope you are having a great summer!

    <3 Lisa

  48. You had a very creative solution for the blocking occurring due to the sconces. Adding the curtains to the shower doors was a smart move.

  49. You added a great luxury looks of your bathroom. Great work girl. Anyway, love your bathtub faucet so much. Where did you install that faucet?

  50. I find it inspiring that you used a calming blue and white checkered drape to cover a shower enclosure. Aside from that, I love your touches of painting the upper walls and ceiling to the same shade of blue to create a calming effect. If I wanted to have this kind of setup for my own bathroom, what should I look out for when choosing a contractor to install a glass door? Thanks!

  51. Very good article thank you for that

  52. I would like to thank to this author cause i found it spectacular and stupendous the way this author put the data over here is very informative and organized.Couple of days back i was searching for some cool appliances for my bathroom specially the hybrid cool faucet which can give a vibrant look and elegant vibes but i want more details about this particular topic ,still now i am confused which particular brand i need to go regarding this , can you figured out or recommend? Highly appreciation for your amazing professionalism and great patience.

  53. Who says that the bathroom can’t be the most beautiful room in your home? 🙂


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