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Draw Me a Bath, Please

Hello there! We have finished talking about decorating bedrooms one, two, and three and now we are going to take a look at the upstairs hall bathroom that all of these bedrooms share. This bathroom is probably my least favorite space in the house. It is right in the middle of the house so it does not have a window which bums me out and it is an odd shape - and not in a good, charming, quirky way - at least not yet! Here is a link to the post where we talked about the renovation plans for the space in case you want to take a look.

This bathroom will most likely be the "kid's bathroom" more so than the "guest bathroom" for any family that lives here following us, as it is for us. Therefore, these are my guiding principles for designing/decorating the space:

  • Multiple sinks/faucets

  • Plenty of storage

  • Tub/shower combo to accommodate little ones

  • Element of fun for children and still attractive for adult guests

Some of my favorite design elements in a bathroom are patterned floor tile, floor to ceiling tile, and paneling/wainscoting. Here are some pictures to get us in the mood to talk bathrooms. I tried to group them by floor tile, wall tile, and then paneling; several have multiple elements though:

source: my inspiration binders

source: my inspiration binders

source: old inspiration binder photo

Before we "decorate" the bathroom, this is the layout of the space:

And this is the architect's drawing of the sink wall:

I have been trying to decide if I want drawers under the sink and/or if I want a trough/vessel sink or an under-mount sink. Here are some comparison inspiration pictures:

Lastly, a picture from my inspiration binder that shows sort of what drawers underneath the sink would look like flanked by the two tall storage cabinets:

Inspiration overload has led me to this:

I have really been wanting to use dark green lately and this bathroom is going to satisfy that craving. I know, I know, unusual that I am straying from my tried and true white and blue. My younger daughter's room, which has a door directly to the bathroom on one side will have this amazing wall paper (right below) that has dark green in it so now is the time to go crazy and use more green lol! Do not be too alarmed by the darkness factor because we are putting a sun tunnel in the bathroom that will lighten it up significantly. I for sure want to lose the current dungeon feeling and add some pizazz with natural light! Not to worry.

The plan for the bathroom is as follows:

  • The cabinetry surrounding the sink will be painted Studio Green by Farrow & Ball (color on the mood board). There will be drawers under the sink in Studio Green as well. The more closed storage in a children's bathroom the better!

  • The sink will be a white vessel or trough sink atop a marble counter top, hopefully. I have not been able to source a sixty inch sink as of yet so this may change. Fingers crossed for this.

  • There will be horizontal "ship lap" boards from the floor to three quarters up the walls as paneling/wainscoting behind the toilet and on the angled wall. The panels will be painted Studio Green and the wall space above will be white, as will the doors and trim.

  • Behind the sink will be a wall of dark green penny tile to match the cabinetry paint

  • The tub surround will be white subway tile with a decorative band of the green penny tile all around, as well as the dark green penny tile in the niches.

  • The floor will be a patterned hexagon marble tile.

  • The sink, tub, and shower faucets will be matte black. I like to use matte black in a children's bathroom because it doesn't have to be "shined up". I have not narrowed down the exact fixtures, must haves for me though are that the shower temperature and water flow can be operated separately and that there is some type of hand held spray both for cleaning yourself and for cleaning the tub/shower.

  • There will be three sconces, one above each faucet to differentiate the separate "sink zones". The sconce on the board are from Etsy. I love how these fixtures bring in a brass detail and I think the ceramic globe perfectly fits the "mood" of the room.

Lastly, I would like to find a vintage piece of furniture to place on the angled wall for additional storage, not necessarily that looks like this, this "idea" though:

All done with the hall bathroom - a departure from my usual white vanity and I'm very excited about it! I would love to hear what you think about it too. Next up is the master bathroom - will I be back to my white vanity??? See you Thursday and we will figure it out together.

Thank you for checking in with me today,





Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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