People say that bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. In our case, we purchased our home in spite of the bathrooms and kitchen. After being built in 1927, the bathrooms had not been updated. In addition to being a hazard – think outlets next to the bathtub – they were truly hideous. Our kids’ bathroom was the worst.
This was the view looking into the room from the door. Obviously, the colors, salmon and kelly green, were not our first choice. I also really disliked the layout because the view from the door was straight into the toilet. From our first day in the house, I knew this bathroom had to be renovated.
Overall, I wanted to create a calm, clean space that would grow with my kids. I didn’t want anything too precious or fussy. Here are a couple of the images that inspired us.
Image courtesy of Sarah Richardson Design
Image courtesy of Canadian Home Trends
I knew I wanted to do something interesting with tile. I found what I was looking for at Ann Sacks. The Dessiner Field Tile in Grigio Mix was exactly what I had in mind for the floor.
From there everything fell into place. Other important features for us were a vanity with double sinks, plenty of light, and a gender neutral design.
I could not be more pleased with the finished product. As you can see below, we were able to shift the layout so that the toilet is placed after the vanity (and is not the first thing you see when you walk into the room). We had plenty of space for a vanity with two sinks in the new layout, which helps to keep our mornings a little more peaceful, and the floor tile adds just the right amount of visual interest.
It suits our kids perfectly without being juvenile. Best of all, we think the style will stand the test of time and hope to enjoy it for many years to come.