I vaguely remember brazenly declaring that Hubs and I would be gutting the main bathroom this summer. As in, the summer happening right now. Life got in the way of my grand plans: the townhouse took longer to sell than we planned, the unpacking took longer than we planned, the kitchen makeover took longer than we planned, the snow melting took longer than we planned. Flaked out on the sofa watching Game of Thrones one night in the spring, we decided to put off the bathroom reno until next spring. I’m so happy I took the time to spruce up the room because it made it so much easier to make that very wise choice.
Frankly, I’m relieved. I rushed planning the townhouse bathroom renovation and there are so many things we ended up not liking about the space. With some more planning and more reflection, I hope that this time around I can design the perfect bathroom for us. I’m not going to dawdle though, so I started a new Pinterest Board to collect my thoughts and I think I have a pretty good rough sketch of how I’d like the space to look.
This room inspired the tentative plan forming in my head:
And, just for reference, this is our space right now (after the spruce):
We don’t want to change the footprint of the room (whew – major savings
and so much less hair pulling) and I even like the size and layout of our vanity
with the tall cupboard to the left. But I absolutely want a floating
vanity because I’m really into the look, which feels very mid-century inspired, plus it would make cleaning
under it a breeze. It needs to be taller – ours is painfully low. I’m thinking that a warm, walnut stained wood will look great with the existing hardwood flooring throughout the house but if we move forward with concrete flooring in the house (and grey flooring in the bathroom, specifically), I think I’ll appreciate the visual warmth of the wood.
Amanda’s vanity has such gorgeous grain, it would make anyone pine for wood (haha). I want something with lots of grain too (hear that? That’s Hubby cheering). I have started to really appreciate wood and anytime we’re at the lumber yard picking out something for a project (like the floating credenza top), I jokingly growl “graiiiiiins,” like a zombie.
Like my first inspiration picture, I love the idea of white walls and turquoise tile. Once we remove the shower portal and install a modern white bathtub, turquoise tile will look great. I think a classic shape will lend the bold colour choice some longevity.
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I am tempted to do something quirky and vintage, though, like tile the entire bathroom in subway tile – but do the bottom half aqua and the top half white (like the photo bottom right in the collage above, and the very retro-looking space below)…
I’m tile shopping now and leaving myself open to possibilities because I might stumble across something that I didn’t even know to look for! The floor will be grey, I think. I’m fighting the urge to make it turquoise too. Slate or ceramic tile would be okay, but this room would also be a good space to try out concrete before making a bit commitment. I’m drawn to grey for its dirt-disguising properties, plus I’m just really liking grey as a cool neutral to pair with aqua. I’m using it all over the house and it’s helping me pull together a cohesive look, while also doing the important work of tempering the bright aqua and providing contrast to the white-white-white walls.
I’m very far away from choosing accessories, but I do know I’d prefer chrome or brushed nickel finishes (probably chrome). I’m really drawn to a pair of round mirrors over two sinks. And there’s this recycled glass solid surface counter I found – it’s white with flecks of what looks like beach glass. It’s a good contender, but it’s pricey. Now that I have formulated a rough plan (which is subject to change), I feel more prepared to start pricing out and sourcing what we need. Here’s to a bathroom I won’t grow tired of the second it’s finished…
While I’m on the subject of bathrooms, I’m going to share my thoughts on the townhouse bathroom soon – what worked, what didn’t, what regrets I have, and what I miss dearly about the space.