I daydream about renovating our bathroom nearly every single day. There’s nothing too bad about its current state; we could probably eek out another few years with it as is. BUT from a design perspective, it’s pretty pathetic. Crappy generic vanity, boring floor tile, faucets with finishes that clash. You get the picture. Like I said, livable, but certainly not ideal.
Most days I find myself experiencing delusions of grandeur regarding that little bathroom. I envision different aesthetics in my head and imagine how they’d play out in the space. This is probably the most fun for me. My idea of a good time is daydreaming about cast iron bathtubs or glazed green subway tile. At one point in my mind it was comprised entirely of giant slabs of white carrara marble. Just thinking about it gets me warm and tingly.
But if I’m being practical (which is rare), that bathroom has got to be pretty damn functional (it’s our only one). So my grandiose schemes of a giant walk-in steam shower or a cement tile accent wall probably wouldn’t make the most sense. Especially if we aren’t certain this is our forever home.
What would make sense is trying to bring in some personality, some decor pizzazz, while sticking to a simple, basic overall design. In this case, that translates to white subway tile (shocker, bet you didn’t see that one coming), black penny floor tile (with black grout), and matte brass fixtures. Keeping things clean and neutral in the background allows me to have a little fun with the fixtures – a.k.a. the jewelry of the bathroom. Check out the moodboard I created with that in mind…
- Light fixtures
- Medicine cabinet
- Shower fixtures
- White subway tile
- Penny round tile
- Sink faucet
- Sink cabinet
What do you guys do when you know you aren’t in your forever home but you know a space still needs some work? Do you go for what you ultimately want anyway? Or do you hold back and save the good stuff for later? I remember Young House Love sharing that they try to accomplish things in “phases.” Seems like a good idea. Either way, a girl can (day)dream, right?