Hello! So great to be back with you! I have been crazy busy designing a few great bathrooms. With a vacation in between. Today we are going to go through the pretty parts of a bathroom remodel I just finished. Now, keep in mind any remodel takes lots of behind the scenes and great trades to make it all beautiful. We will go through the gritty details another day but, today I want to chat about the easy stuff, the finishes.
Bathroom Before ADI
Tile that Dazzles
One of my favorite parts of a bathroom remodel is the tile selection. Tile truly is an art form one small turquoise tile can create a magnificent piece for behind a tub when paired. Decide on the scale of your tile do you want an accent wall, continuous flow from one area to another or just to highlight a niche.
Start with your large scale tile then add the detail tile meaning your floor, niche, and statement wall.
Glass tile is a great option for bathrooms with no windows due to its luminosity and gives a very luxurious sheen to an otherwise utilitarian space.
Glass tile should be back painted otherwise your installer will need to back butter every tile and assure there are no air bubbles. Use unsanded grout only anything else may scratch the lovely surface.
For this bathroom remodel we began with the gray glass tile then decided on the marble for floors and niches. We will get to what it takes to remove the tub and install the walk in shower in another post.
Cabinets Custom vs Semi Custom
Bathroom cabinets can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,000 for a semi-custom vanity. If you are going through the full gut renovation of a bathroom now is a good time to replace an old vanity or nonstorage functional piece.
Custom vanities start in the $2000 range and go up. Consider painting your vanities if they function well and are up to date. Like this bathroom design from J Wiley Designs.
Herringbone floors are the perfect batons rompus! I LOVE me some herringbone it is one of the most transitional elements can be well refined in marble like above or rustic like the bathroom we designed.
The difference between herringbone and chevron are that herringbone is staggered and chevron meets at a perfect point throughout the design. Although, both are classically elegant and make a statement. These are ceramic planks laid in a herringbone pattern.
Herringbone or Chevron both look great on tile accent walls.
The drawing below is the beginning sketches for an upcoming bath project to begin next month.
Shining a Light
Bathroom lighting is one important task. Natural light is a must in a bathroom nothing comes close to that of natural light. In addition to natural light use LED recessed can lights along with either overhead light fixtures or sconces should be adjusted to correct lumens and temperature.
For this bathroom, we replaced the old fixture by dropping two three light pendants from the ceiling.
The 3 light pendant is from Wayfair Trent Austin Lampson line they are beautifully made with plenty of wire to adjust to any height you like. Tip: be sure you wipe the bulbs for fingerprints before placing your globes! They have very small screws for the globes and taking each one down to wipe after is time consuming.
Finally the mirrors are from Hayneedle Coaster Furniture and make a lovely beveled appearance. The counters are Brown Fantasy Marble.
Thank you for sharing your day with me I hope you’re inspired to fly with a bathroom design of your own!