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.
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 bathroom before (in a grainy panoramic shot)|
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!