Villeroy & Boch Powder Room Update Week 3

Hi there!

I’m here with an update on our Villeroy and Boch #VBColorsTheBathroom challenge!

Not sure what I’m talking about?

You can catch up by reading these two posts:

Villeroy and Boch Challenge: Our Big Announcement 

Villeroy and Boch Challenge: The Plan

As we get closer to our big reveal, I’ll be sharing peeks at some of the special elements we’ve selected for this project.

Last week, I shared my design concept for my powder room and also gave you a look at the BEAUTIFUL wallpaper we’re installing!

{Kashmir Kaleidoscope Abstract Wallpaper by York Wallcoverings}

Our Next Element: The Floor

This powder room has been a room that I have wanted to redesign for some time now.

Boring! Believe me, I know! But not for long!!!

When we built this house, I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted this room to look like, but I did know that I wanted this room to one day be a showstopper!

To buy myself some time (and frankly to save enough money to do the room the way that I REALLY wanted to do it), we kept the flooring in this room as the same stained concrete finish as the hallway right outside this room.

Since this hallway is a high traffic area that essentially runs from the mudroom area all the way to the kitchen, the low maintenance, durable concrete is highly functional but pretty low on style value (at least in my opinion!).

Now that I have the chance to put my stamp on this room–thanks again Villeroy and Boch! ;)–I’m taking this opportunity to change the floors in a way that elevates the look of the room while also reflecting NATURE in our four elements design concept.

Our First Idea

During our first team meeting/site visit to see the room, we all pretty much agreed that we loved the idea of a timeless, herringbone pattern on the floor.

And here’s where we took the “creativity” challenge a bit too far…we thought it might be fun to try to paint the pattern onto the floors instead of installing tile for a sort-of encaustic cement tile effect like this:

{Eastern Promise tile by Ann Sacks. Interior design by Holst Brothers General Contractors/Kirsten Marie Inc, KMI}

Now, I’m not a DIYer.

Believe me, I’ve tried!

I’ve come to know that I am not naturally crafty, and in most cases I do better to invest in either a well-made, finished product or by hiring a very talented artisan to pull off whatever idea I’ve concocted in my head!

But for this project, we wanted to fully embrace the spirit of the challenge, so when my design assistant, Natalie, offered to test out this “painted floors” idea, I hesitantly agreed.

To her credit, Natalie researched the popular techniques used to paint floors, and she even found a stencil that she could use to create a consistent herringbone pattern.

Next, we took a little team field trip to a local craft store to select a background color and a pattern color that would compliment the colors in our wallpaper.

We bought samples of the two colors to do a test run on a large square tile…

…and as much as we wanted to love the results, we realized that we had to cut our losses and pivot to Plan B!


A few reasons.

First, to get good coverage it was recommended that we go over the stencil with three coats of paint, BUT each coat required a 24-hour drying period before the next coat could be applied.

Also, once the coats were applied and the stencil was lifted, the pattern lines weren’t as crisp and clean as I wanted them to be.

Here’s what the finished sample looked:

This just wasn’t going to cut it for me!

Because I always have a backup plan, we were able to quickly pivot to a tile option.

Enter this fabulous Calacutta Marble Herringbone Tile from Tilebar!

Our tile installer finished adding this beautiful element to the powder room last week, and we could not be happier with the results!

Hey, sometimes Plan B turns out to be the better plan in the long run! 😉

We’ll share another progress report for our powder room project next week!

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow the hashtag #VBColorsTheBathroom and their Instagram @VilleroyBochBathUSA!

The voting period will begin after my reveal on April 21!

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Thank you for your continued support!

Author: Arianne Bellizaire

Interior designer, blogger, and public speaker Arianne Bellizaire creates spaces that are beautiful yet highly functional for her clients. She served as one of only nine 2015 High Point Market Authority Style Spotters, and she has been featured in Rue Magazine, House Beautiful Online, GoodHousekeeping, EditorAtLarge, U.S. News & World Report, Roomhints,, USA Today, and MyFitItUpLife!

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