When my clients asked me to come in and help them update their house I knew the change was going to be dramatic. They hadn’t done any renovations since Hurricane Katrina, and it was time.
Keeping their investment level in mind for the whole house, we decided to start in the master bathroom. Some issues the bathroom was having was mold (common on the coast!), bad lighting, and outdated finishes. My client was looking for an updated, coastal inspired bathroom. I drew inspiration from our surrounding and went with blue, grey, and whites as an overall color scheme. To add a little sparkle, I kept the fixtures in polished chrome and made sure to brighten up the space with white paint!
We decided to concentrate our efforts on five main areas. The first area we tackled was the jetted tub. This particular client is a bath person and wanted to keep her jetted tub. We updated the tile surrounds, replaced the faucet with a sleek modern fixture, and swapped out the artwork. We created a border with the white subway tile around the decorative tile.
Artwork, a towel rack, and a nice bath mat finish off the space. By not relocating any major plumbing we saved a lot of money in this bathroom. Updating a space can be done in a thoughtful way to add impact without braking the bank!
The bathroom vanity also needed some love. The old vanity was worn and the large mirror above it was not really working with the coastal vibe she was after.
So here, we replaced the vanity, updated the mirror with two new sleek chrome mirrors and upgraded the lighting as well. We built in a little niche in the shower wall for added storage. We went with a classic gooseneck polished chrome faucet with the white handle detail. Polished chrome fixtures will never go out of style and they always just look so classic!
I also loved how the white really helped to brighten up this space. It’s amazing what you can do with a can of paint!
The shower was probably the biggest issue of all in this particular bathroom. Due to lack of proper ventilation, there was mold that was getting harder and harder to clean.
Here, we ripped everything out and started from scratch. I found these coastal pebble tiles for the shower floor. The shower walls are a simple white subway tile with light grey grout. In the shower niche is the same tile we used along the jetted tub and the shower floor is a beautiful blue and grey cobblestone tile that looks like rocks.
We also placed a small step closer to the floor to make shaving your legs easier! The solid piece of glass allowed for light in the shower but was at a level high enough to maintain modesty. The biggest thing we did was install a proper light in the shower and a vent strong enough to handle the humidity to prevent any future mold issues.
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We kept the floors a neutral grey since the walls and vanity were white already. We also ended up repositioning some lighting for a more cohesive look! Here’s a photo of the overall space.
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