Happy New Year! I’m so excited to start this year and jump right into a few projects. If you have read a few of my last posts then you know we just bought a new house and it’s a serious fixer upper!!! We took possession on January 5th and have started demo which will take about 1 – 2 weeks. Once this is complete it is amazing how quickly things progress. I am so looking forward to sharing the different stages from a design point.
We have all our floor plans done and I have pretty much designed the entire house but will go thought it step by step. It’s easy for me because this is what I do and love! My first design challenge was the guest bathroom. Oh my goodness, it was a good one!
Here is the picture of the before bathroom:
There is about 20″ between the vanity and the wall where the shower is. Not a lot of room! The bathroom is approximately 8′ x 5′ so not a ton of space. Don’t you just love the pink!
The bathroom is in between two bedrooms and because it is going to be a guest bathroom and we will be adding and ensuite to the master, we decided to keep it the size it is. So my challenge is how to make this bathroom appear bigger. We will gut the bathroom but keep the plumbing in the same spot and this saves a ton of money. We will open up the space above the tub/shower and this will add some height. I’m going to put in a pedestal sink since we won’t need a ton of storage. That alone will add more space. By keeping the paint colours light and lots of white it will look brighter and more open.
One of the first steps in my design process is to envision the space and then I hop on Pinterest and Houzz and start looking for inspiration. And here is the bathroom that inspired me from Vintage Scout Interiors So Pretty!
And here is the design board I put together using Olioboard. I use this site quite a bit so clients can get a feel of what their room(s) will look like and it keeps you on track. They don’t have to be the exact items but you get an idea.
I’m going to add wainscotting which will look nice with the pedestal sink ans since it is a small space and a guest bathroom I’m going to splurge use the C & S Tile Hydraulic Series in black and white ($12.95 sq/ft) . I think it will add a bit of glam to the space and it’s a porcelain tile so will be durable. In the shower I will use a simple white subway tile and I have chosen Benjamin Moore Gray Owl for the walls and Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace for the trim and wainscotting. I have also found a lovely medicine cabinet from Kohler (see it HERE) that can be recessed into the wall so you will only see the mirror. This way overnight guest will have some place to put their toiletries.
I am months away from revealing the new guest bathroom but look forward to doing so!
Choosing Bathroom Tile Tips:
Keep it simple and don’t use more than 3 different types of tile. One for the floor, one for the sower and an accent tile if you want for the shower and back splash. Choose one tile you love and then go from there. If you have a shower curtain I like to use subway tile in a shower/tub because it’s inexpensive, looks clean and simple and will never go out of style. If you think that is too boring then you can add a decorative accent tile in a mosaic or another colour subway always looks nice.
In the bathroom below the countertop is busy so keeping the tile all white is perfect and the different shapes add a a bit of texture to the room. I love the darker grout as it doesn’t stain as easily as white. Also, with the bathroom vanity I also prefer to have the back splash piece the same as the countertop (DO NOT DO THIS IN THE KITCHEN). It keeps things simple looks great and saves time and money.
Don’t go crazy on different tiles and busy accent tiles, like I said keep it simple and you will love your bathroom for a long long time. Here are some nice uses of accent tiles:
Consider using a pretty tile for a feature accent like this glass Moroccan tile below.
If you love the look of marble but not the price then use it as an accent tile.
Or use porcelain marble look alike tile which looks amazing at a fraction of the price of real marble and way more durable. How gorgeous is this bathroom by StyleBlueprint You can’t even tell this isn’t real marble.
I hope this helps steer you in the right direction for your bathroom design. 🙂
I will be starting a new online $10 design question page for those of you that just want some help with one or two design items and don’t want to pay for a full consultation. Stay tuned……
If you would like some help making your home a place you love, contact me to book an In-Home or Online Consultation.
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