MASTER BATH RENOVATION
Before I dig into my normal discussion about marble and paint colors, I just want to quickly touch on what’s happening in and around my home. We (South Louisiana) are a hotbed for disasters, natural and manmade. I used to think it was just hurricanes that we had to worry about, and at least with those we had warning. Now tornados, historic floods, and oil spills are all regular occurrences. The positive side effect (grasping for a silver lining) of so much destruction is that we are prepared, and nobody knows how to ride out/clean up after a storm like this area. Our grassroots rescue efforts rival that of national organizations. Privately owned boats and volunteers will swoop in to save you from your roof, bring you to a safe place serving jambalaya hot plates, and then assist you in filling out your insurance paperwork. It truly is amazing to behold, and I’ve never been more proud of my fellow Cajuns. Good luck and speedy recovery to my friends and neighbors.
Now on to sweeter things and a not so easy transition into bathroom renovations, although, there are going to be a few of those going on around here in the next few months. This one in particular is for a couple looking to upgrade their master suite from all of its 1990’s glory. It's going to be a complete overhaul. No more wallpaper, brown trim/doors, and dark spaces. They wanted something new, fresh, and bright. A classic style bathroom with a few interesting details. I designed both the bedroom and bath, but for this post I want to focus on the bathroom renovation.
As you can see from the inspiration collage I submitted to the clients, we decided on a warm palette with grayed blue and olive green as the primary colors. It's one of my favorite color combinations for a more contemporary space, but it feels right at home in this application. These images were more for the style of the bedroom. In reality, the only inspiration I needed for the bathroom is the first photo. I discovered it while researching the freestanding bathtub, and immediately knew the color and wall molding would be perfect for the client. Early on I decided on a pedestal tub as opposed to a claw foot for two reasons: an enclosed bottom makes for easier cleaning and it’s a little more contemporary than a classic claw foot. It's nice to get those large decisions out of the way early on, and then plan the rest of the space around them.
Everything is coming out. This bathroom is getting new cabinetry, floors, fixtures, and lighting. The layout of the space basically stayed the same, except for the removal of walls and doors. Instead of three small individual spaces, we opened it up to one long room. This change alone is going to do wonders for how the bathroom functions. The fixture placement and overall size remained unchanged, although, it will feel much larger without door swings intruding upon the space. It is still a tight space with no natural light, and that dictated a few of the design decisions during the process.
The most challenging but interesting area to design was the vanity/bathtub wall. I wanted a wall treatment to spice up the room, but tile felt too cold. The paneled wainscoting creates the perfect backdrop for the crisp white tub. In a larger space I may have extended it to the ceiling, but I like the weight it adds in this small application.
Since the vanity and sink area is so small, it didn’t make sense to turn it into a feature for the space. At first, I selected beautiful lighting and mirrors for over the sink, but it felt crowded. Instead I decided to focus on the whole wall, and extend the wall-mounted elements to the tub as well. The mirrors and lighting will help to brighten up the space, and the cabinetry seamlessly flows into the wall molding. Hopefully making it less visually obtrusive. I'm so excited with this decision, and I can't wait to see how it translates into the final space.
Once the plans were finalized, the rest of the finishes and décor were pretty easy to pull together. I layered in some brass to add warmth, and to tie the new space into the rest of the house. Warm gray 12x24 tile flooring with a subtle texture contrasts with the other finishes. A small stripe rug, because it’s impossible for me to design a room without including some form of stripe. Finally, a pair of prints by a local artist all help to make the bathroom feel less functional and more comfortable.