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.
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
Credits// Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.