In this post: Looking to update a small bath? These plans for a small bathroom remodel will give you ideas for a simple, clean makeover. ⇒
I’ve been wanting to update this tiny bath for a long time.
The update is purely cosmetic and the room is really small. The purpose is to simply upgrade this builder grade bath. It won’t be a complicated renovation. So what is taking me so long to get it done?
It’s not that I haven’t been thinking about it. In fact, I decided on the aesthetics months ago and much of it is on order. But I’ve been dragging my feet for two reasons.
First, the extended deliveries on what I did already order pushed the project out for several months. And second, I do not have a reliable tiler and have no idea how much tile to order. When I’ve asked for referrals in the past, the tile stores seem to be at a loss.
With the deliveries beginning to trickle in, I decided it’s time to get the plan done and the construction scheduled. Surely someone can recommend a tiler. I just need to make it happen.
Small Bathroom Remodel Plan
With that attitude adjustment, it became time to complete the plan. So let’s look at the concept for the room and then how I hope to fulfill the plan.
As with most of my renovations, I know I want the room to be predominantly white. It’s a small dark room with no natural light and if any room should be white, this is it.
However, as the ensuite bath to the beige bedroom we keep for my adult son for when he visits, I want the room to be both a bit less feminine that my usual style, as well as comprising some natural elements that will tie in with the beiges in the bedroom.
Hence, my central design concept revolves around the mixture of three elements: crisp white, natural wood, and antiqued brass.
The look I’m going for is clean and simple, classic and upscale, and modern but with a touch of patina for character.
The Key Design Elements
The first piece I needed to select to achieve this look was the vanity.
Since the room is essentially tile and vanity, plus a few accessories, the relationship between the vanity and tile is most important. I very much want the mix of warm toned wood, albeit in a light color, with a cool toned marble and that pairing is the essence of the design.
I saw the lovely cane front vanity pictured above, and it became my ideal, although I tried to find something a bit less expensive. While there were a few options that were somewhat similar, and I even had one on order that I later cancelled, sometimes you need to go for the thing that’s exactly what you want.
In this case, nothing had the same light and airy feeling as my ideal vanity and I’m very glad I stuck with it.
The second key design element is the tile, which will be used for the floor and the walls around the tub.
As I mentioned above, this is not yet ordered, but I’ve known for a while what I have in mind. Working out the design board helped solidify my choices.
I’ll be looking for a marble mosaic for the bathroom floor and the Carrera herringbone is my first choice. It will work nicely with the Carrera countertop that comes with the vanity, and since it’s a small space and one of the few opportunities in that space to add interest, I will definitely be selective in choosing the marble.
This is particularly important since I will not have a wall of marble behind the vanity, like I’m seeing in the inspiration images.
With the first two key elements accounted for in the plan, the third aspect of the design is to incorporate the gorgeous patina of vintage-looking brass accessories.
I chose a very simple design for the vanity mirror with a narrow brass border and pivoting hardware. I added the triple sconce, above, to place over the mirror and I love it’s aged finish, yet clean modern lines.
Rounding out the picture I selected the gooseneck faucet, below, which I think will look wonderful with the vanity.
In addition to the marble tiled floor, I also need to select a tile for the shower walls. I’m hoping to find a beveled edge white subway tile. I want something light, bright and understated, and I think this would fit the bill perfectly.
I intend to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling and the existing shower door will be removed for certain. While it would be nice to use a free standing tub, this spot is used more as a shower. Another option would be to remove the tub altogether and build a shower only, but that’s way more involved of a remodel than we plan for right now.
The existing plain white tub will have to do. For now I expect to use a tension rod with white fabric shower curtain, but other options can be explored down the road.
The other textiles in the room will also be a crisp white, from plush bath and hand towels to a simple fluffy bath mat.
For accessories I plan to reflect the same three visual elements: white marble, vintage brass, and natural organics.
For bath sink accessories such as tumbler and soap dispenser I’m leaning toward the frosted marble pieces above.
Towel bars, toilet paper holder and robe hook will be in vintage brass.
And the waste basket and small tray can come from the rattan collection in the last image, below.
The next step is to wrap up my tile order and get workers into my home.
I’m always so excited to complete a renovation project, but getting stuck in an unfinished state is never a good feeling. Sometimes all it takes to get the project back on track is finalizing the design plan and having a visual to keep you on track.
And hopefully before you know it, I’ll be posting the completed reveal!
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