Project: Bathroom Renovation
Cleints: 10-year-old & 7-year-old brother and sister (and their parents!)
Challenge: Design a durable space that will appeal to the kids now, but also 10 years from now
Their story: My clients have been in their house about 10 years, and this high-traffic bathroom was starting to show some wear and tear. The white cabinets had turned yellow, there were 3 paint color swatches on the wall that they had tested months ago, and they wanted to find the space to switch the single vanity to a double.
They already had, and liked, a vintage surf themed shower curtain, so we decided to keep that and use it as the inspiration for the design.
Here are the before photos:
And the after:
Although the shower curtain was the inspiration, throughout the design process, we made sure the selections were universal enough to still work when the kids are ready to change out the shower curtain. It’s fine to have a theme - especially for kids’ spaces - but when choosing fixed elements (flooring, tile, cabinets), I usually recommend options that are neutral enough to still coordinate as the decorative elements change. (In this case ‘neutral’ doesn’t necessarily mean strictly browns and greys. Neutral can mean different things to different people. This family loves blue and fell in love with this blue accent tile. To them, the tile is a ‘neutral’.)
To help the clients visualize the room, I created this mood board for them with the elements of the room.
Clockwise, starting at the top-left:
Accent Tile: around the sink and in the shower
Vanity Light Fixture
Luxury Vinyl Plank, wood-look flooring
Reclaimed Wood Mirror
Tile is a standard flooring option for bathrooms, but LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) is becoming more and more popular as well. In this bathroom, the wood-look LVP gives a warm, neutral base to the space (and there are no grout lines to clean!).
Working our way up in the bathroom, the vanity is white, with brushed nickel hardware (knobs on the doors and pulls on the drawers). For the countertop, we chose a white, speckled quartz - durable enough to hold up to the everyday use of what two tweens can subject it to ;)! It was hard to capture it in the photos, but this quartz even had some tiny blue specks in it!
Reclaimed wood mirrors were the perfect touch to top off the vanity area. Mirrors are one of the elements in a bathroom that I like to have fun with - they can add a lot of personality to the space, but can easily be switched out (or painted) in a few years if you want a change.
The blue accent tile was the favorite element of the project, so we wanted to make sure it would be seen! We decided to use it as an accent strip in the shower/tub area, and also around the vanity.
And here is another cute detail in the space (that can easily be changed in a few years!)
Bathroom renovations are not easy, but this one was definitely worth it to my clients - they now have a more functional bathroom that fits the personalities of both kids. (And, that doesn’t have multiple paint colors on the wall ;)!)
One more time, the before:
And the after!