Before: Wrong Color ChoiceHeather and Jim Russell’s bathroom is giving them a headache –– a harvest-gold headache. It is a full assault of a bad color scheme. The toilet, toilet-paper holder, sinks, floor, even the toothbrush holder is gold. Designer Krista Watterworth and carpenter Marc Bartolomeo have a design plan will transform this space from a gold migraine to a serene dream.
The entire family of five has to share this room. They need a lot of space and storage, and there isn’t much of either. Also, taking up a lot of space are the two doorways into the room. One is from the master bedroom, and the other is from the hallway. When the hallway door opens, it smashes into the toilet. If anyone happens to be sitting there, they wind up with bruised knees. The homeowners also detest the tub and shower. The ceiling is very low, making the shower feel confined, and the tub is too shallow.
After: Spring Color PaletteThe gold was harvested out of the bathroom and replaced with a springtime color palette and a square theme. The walls are painted silvery blue, then topped off with white crown molding. A border of small, dark-blue squares is stenciled around the perimeter of the room. To continue the squares, the floor is covered with large and small tile laid in a pinwheel pattern.
A new, 24-inch-deep bathtub with colorful chromotherapy allows the homeowners to set the mood when they take a relaxing soak. There is no longer a soffit above the tub, so the shower doesn't feel confining anymore. The walls of the shower are covered in gorgeous 12" x 12" porcelain tile. The small accent tile matches the accent tile on the floor and lines up with the square stencils on the walls. The gold and black toilet is replaced with a sleek, square-based model. Bruised knees are no longer a worry, as the standard door gets replaced with a space-saving pocket door.
Vanity BeforeThe vanity has a huge mirror, but there is no storage behind it — just two shallow cabinets on either side. The lower part of the vanity has faux drawers that don’t open and a couple of small cabinets underneath. There are two sinks, but unfortunately, only one works properly. Even if this setup did function well, the dated cabinetry and golden seashell-shaped sinks are far from attractive.
Vanity AfterThe homeowners didn’t mind giving up a sink to get more storage. They love the wall-mount brushed-nickel faucet and square vessel sink. The sink sits on top the focal point of the room –– a gorgeous slab of dark-blue granite.