Friends! Today I am so excited to share the “after” photos of our upstairs bathroom located at our studio house. Each time we renovate a room I learn so much, and this room was exceptionally helpful. There are so many elements from it that I would do again in my own home, which is the truest test– I think!
But first, you know what’s coming. A little walk down memory lane…
When we bought this house, the bathroom had laminate floors, fake tile walls, and yellowing caulk. It was ready for a little refresh. We were initially attracted to the layout and the natural light. Good bones. We planned mostly bright white updates with a gray ceiling and colorful accents. We wanted to keep it simple and full of light.
The heart shaped penny tile floor was a big part of our vision for the room. I’ll talk more about that below, but it’s one of my favorite updates we’ve ever tried. Even though, yes, it’s very, veryyyyy specific I have no regrets whatsoever.
After remodeling four rooms with white tile, I can confidently say I will never regret white subway tile. It’s clean, bright, and fresh. I love it in kitchens and bathrooms, for the bottom half of the wall, or all the way up to the ceiling. When choosing the tile for the floor and ceiling, I like to mix two tile shapes.
The gray ceiling was a big win in this room. We have tried several colored and patterned ceilings in this house (see more rooms here) with great results. I like the gray because we aren’t tied down to any color scheme, but it adds a lot to the room and makes the light fixture pop!
When it came to adding color to the room, we kept it pretty simple. Colorful towels, the tassel shower curtain (an Anthropologie sale rack score!), a pretty Etsy print, and some fresh flowers. These vases are a project from our book.
We originally ordered white and red penny tile for the heart patterned floor. I had my heart set on a red heart. Well, we didn’t read the fine print, and when the tiles came in, we found out they were for walls only and not for floors. So we quickly figured out a plan B. We used the white penny tile on the downstairs bathroom wall, we found another small tile at a local store that was durable enough for floors, and we settled on black for the heart. In the end, I think I love the black even more than I would have loved the red.
We worked with our contractor on the heart shape before the tile was laid. It’s hard to make round shapes with tile, but we did our best, and I love the finished result.
Now every time a visitor comes into our studio house they always take a picture with our bathroom floor. Ha!
Here’s the view looking out from the bathroom. Our three office rooms and the stairs to the front entry are just outside.
Thanks for taking a look at our room tour! We had a great experience giving this room a makeover. The biggest things I learned were– white tile is always good, gray painted ceilings are interesting, but not overwhelming, and designing with neutrals leaves more room for changing color choices later. What do you think about our heart tile floor? Crazy good or just crazy? xo. Elsie
Sources: Light fixture/West Elm, Wild at Heart print/Etsy, Shower curtain/Anthropologie (we snagged it on sale).
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.
I love what you have done!! Where did you get the shower curtain?
It is a very happy space indeed, however, might I ask why on God’s Earth would you put the washcloth hanger that low? it looks terribly crowded! Incredible work otherwise! just lovely.
I love this SO much! The tassles on the white shower curtain are gorgeous. The wild at heart picture is perfect and I don’t even have words for the heart floor. It’s fantastic.
“I have bathroom envy.” – a phrase I never thought I’d say.
Non-bathroom related question, but where did you find that AMAZING geometric glass pendant for your hallway light fixture? It’s gorgeous!
I couldn’t quite tell with the curtain closed. Did you also re-tile the bath tub area.
Our bathtub has something very similar to your before. If you did re-tile, how difficult was it to remove the wall thingy?
Which paint did you use? The gray and the white are splendid together!
Such a cute bathroom, really like it. I was looking for inspiration as I am moving into my own little place in a few weeks and it needs an upgrade! Thanks for the tips x
Oh, wow! Where is the lamp in the view from the bathroom from? (Above the stairs) Need it!!! 🙂
I love the simplicity of the bathroom. I can spend the whole day inside relaxing. 🙂
What an amazing re-decoration. That heart on the tiles is perfect!
Great update – I am a big fan of gray/white combos and I’m loving the soft gray ceiling paint. What is the brand/name of the color?
Beautiful transformation!! Loved everything about it really!!!
Love what you’ve done with the place and AMAZING bathroom floor!!
I love the tassels on the shower curtain! They are perfect! I’m not really into hearts, but I actually like this one! It must be because it’s black. Haha!
We just bought a home that needs a total bathroom makeover. Think 1950’s pink tile…everywhere. Even on the floor. Are you going to give a tutorial on how you redid all the tilework, or is there one you followed that you could share? That would be super!
It’s a floor, not a tattoo! I like the heart! Cool to see not just another “safe” tile job. Well done 🙂
Loving that tasseled shower curtain. For some reason, the introduction of this bathroom brought up a lot of questions in my mind about having a studio house. Like do you guys ever shower there? Is it weird leaving your house and going to another house to work? I’m sure everyone tidies up after themselves, but who cleans the bathroom and floors of the studio house?
I absolutely adore the tile on the floor & walls. So pretty! Also, having a major crush on that shower curtain. Too good.
loveeeee. The floor is crazy good- who would have thought ?? I love the light fixture, not the typical choice for a bathroom! love you blog xx