“If you look at my portfolio, I really do love neutrals,” admits designer Jessica Smith. “I mean, I pretty much paint all of my walls white.” But when she spotted the wainscot in the bathroom of her most recent project—a historic home in Jacksonville, Florida she and her husband currently lives in—she was inspired to add a pop of color. “There was something about the trim work on the wall,” she explains. “I wanted that to be the focal point.”
Since Jessica wanted to create “a soothing environment,” she knew she wanted to accent the bathroom with green, her favorite color. After testing a few verdant tones from Clare, she ultimately selected Hibe Vibe, which is a near-perfect match for the home’s exterior. “The beadboard looks so beautiful when it was painted in a nice, saturated color,” she explains. “It looked great in all the lighting throughout the day and really fit the space best—but it was that connection to the exterior that really sold me.”
With an earthy pop of color, storied decor, and special DIY touches, the final result gives this historic space a stylish and oh-so-soothing edge. “Don't be afraid to have some fun with color. I think this is really the perfect example of that,” she shares. “It’s an ode to another part of the home that makes me feel super bright and cheery when I walk in there.”
Below, Jessica is offering her top tips to recreate the look in your own space:
1. Keep it Simple
Offset the accent color with an easy, goes-with-anything neutral. Here, Jessica juxtaposed this green bathroom with a crisp white. “In [older] craftsmen design, you see a lot of the beadboard painted a really deep, saturated color, so I wanted to make the space true to the historic nature,” the designer says. “It also bounces the light around really nicely.” Though Jessica says this particular shade of white often skews cooler, it looks just right with High Vibe’s honeydew tinge.
2. Focus on the Details
Though Jessica was initially drawn to wainscot in the bathroom, she ultimately decided to cover all of the marvelous millwork in High Vibe. “I'm most inspired by when I look at some of my favorite designers and how they've used beadboard and other types of accent wall treatments,” she explains. “I love the look of a very seamless tone to it—especially when you paint not just the wall treatment, but the trim and door the same color as well.” The result? A space that puts the historic touches front and center.
3. Give Your Walls a Stamp of Approval
Though Jessica originally considered adding wallpaper to her green bathroom, she realized that it can be an expensive and labor-intensive endeavor. Instead, she picked up an affordable resin stamp and pressed pops of High Vibe on one white wall. “I decided to do stamping versus stencil just because I know stenciling can get kind of messy,” she explains. “I just eye-balled it! I think that helps give it a little bit of charm.”
4. Complement Your Accent Color
One of the biggest design hurdles Jessica had to overcome during this project was the blue tiles that already existed in the bathroom’s shower. Fortunately, she created some cohesion by adding artwork with hints of blue. Rounding out the look was brass hardware, which Jessica says was “the prettiest combination” with High Vibe.