Jan 28, 2015

the renovation: bathroom design inspiration

In thinking about our design ideas for the bathroom, our main focus was making the space as efficient and usable as possible.  It's not a large bathroom by any means, but it's big enough.  One of the most important things to us, both visually and practically, was to be able to replace the vinyl accordion door (yuck!) with a real door. After bumping the wall into the kitchen a few inches, we created enough space to allow for a door to swing and for a slightly larger vanity that wouldn't impose on too much of the floor space. We also decided to center the shower on the back wall, eliminating the awkward narrow cabinet, but creating wall space for hanging bath towels on either side.

the bathroom before (in a grainy panoramic shot)

In terms of the "look" of the bathroom, our ideas are very similar to that of the kitchen.  We want a bright, clean look with some traditional elements, some contrast, and the warmth of some natural wood.  A very traditional scheme for an early 1900's bathroom (just so you know, most of my "research" is done by watching Rehab Addict on HGTV) would have been a white subway tile backsplash with white hex tile flooring.  That just sounded like too much white for us, so while we like the idea of the subway tile as the backsplash, we're thinking of using a charcoal matte hex tile for the floor instead.  I think it would be a little bit of a modern twist while still giving a nod to traditional design.  We're thinking that a stained wood vanity, also in shaker style, would add warmth and break up some of the harsh contrast between the white and the black.  We are also planning to add in a built in medicine cabinet for extra storage.  It's a small space (which unfortunately makes it had to photograph), but I think that our ideas are going to make a big impact and I can't wait to see it take shape!

The plaster finishers should be done this week, so our next task at hand is choosing paint colors!  We're going neutral, so if you have any favorite colors, please pass them on!


  1. Yaaaaaaaas! I love the matte hex tile! Thank you for decorating WITH your house instead of fighting it. :-)

  2. I'm digging the toilet handles. And, I hate sliding bathroom doors oh so much. Can you ever lock those things? No. Thumbs up on the tile ideas!

  3. Accordion doors drive me crazy, great update. And neutral paint is perform for a bathroom so you can update accessories if you want a different splash of color.

    1. They're not very user friendly, and this one was old and ugly to boot! :) Although, we still have yet to replace it with another door. These smaller doorways that older homes have can make things a bit tricky!

  4. Those are brilliant inspiration for a bathroom renovation. The texture and the density of the designs are definitely awe-aspiring. I hope you have finally narrowed down the details that you want for your bathroom, and that these designs have helped you make one that is truly your own. Good luck!

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total PLBG

  5. I like the design and the colouring of the bathroom. Really a nice attempt and it grabs attention.Really wonderful designs of bathroom you have shared here with us to makeover the bathroom.Thanks for sharing such a nice blog here with us.

  6. What an inspiration! I love bathroom design and yours is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. thanks for the inspiration about bathroom design share..

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