How do you turn the only very, very small bathroom in a home into a beautiful space where your first thought is not, "Wow, what a small bathroom"? How do you provide storage space for all of the accessories that a 20-something woman wants available in her bathroom? And, how do you do this and use less toxic materials as well? These were the challenges we faced when designing this space.
First, with regard to materials and air quality, no-VOC paint was used in this bathroom. Additionally, all of the mortar, grout and sealer were low-toxic as well. The majority of the old tiles were able to be removed without breaking and were taken to a local recycling center for reuse.
With regard to the feel, the homeowner wanted this space to have a "Wow" factor to take your mind off of its small size. She loves a retro look that is in keeping with the age of the home and the decor in other areas. We chose a simple black and white palette to keep the space feeling bright and open, as well as giving it that "retro" vibe. The floor tile pattern was a main focus in the room, which defines the style. Using a white subway tile in the shower continued this feel. However, we introduced some beautiful glass mosaic tile in black and gray tones to modernize the space and provide the "wow" factor. The window in the shower was replaced and the sill was tiled to keep it safe from moisture. Frameless glass shower doors keep the bathroom feeling open. The large vanity was replaced with a simple pedestal sink, and the mirror/medicine cabinet was set completely into the wall, allowing for a more open feel. Accessories such as the toilet paper holder provide the storage that the old vanity had supplied. The white shelving unit over the toilet provides the space for all of the necessary bathroom toiletries, yet does not overwhelm the space. Finally, some fun towels and artwork complete the retro/modern feel of the space. This bathroom may still be small, but now it packs a punch!