A Couple Injects Personality into a Monotone Bathroom

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Project: Renovate an outdated brown and beige bathroom

Before: Meredith and Jason knew when they bought their Chelsea home in 2015 that a bathroom renovation was in order. “Everything about it was old and ugly,” Meredith said. The plumbing was malfunctioning, the tub was worn, and the original designer hadn’t configured the layout to maximize the room. A bulky medicine cabinet and vanity gobbled up space. “The drawers would hit the radiator when you pulled them out,” Meredith remembers.

After: A few key elements in the design really helped make a small space behave like a big one. The couple’s Sweeten contractor made a custom medicine cabinet that wrapped around some problem pipes behind the wall, enabling it to be recessed. A smaller vanity allowed the doors to open all the way, providing more functional storage space, while a new wall-hung toilet worked wonders: “You basically gained six to seven inches more by putting the tank into the wall,” Meredith said. The aesthetic needed to match the rest of the apartment, which was clean and current without being too modern. Against a bright background, the faucets and shower fixtures really popped with a black matte finish.

Bonus: The Sweeten contractor suggested some floor tiles that the couple say they would never have considered on their own. The result tied together the black matte of the fixtures and the rest of the bathroom’s design.

Style finds: Floor and wall tiles: Artistic Tile. Fixtures and faucets: Watermark. Toilet: Toto. Light fixture: Cedar and Moss. Vanity: Blu Bathworks. Medicine cabinet: Custom-made by Sweeten contractor.

Thank you, Meredith and Jason, for giving us a peek into your bath transformation—and kitchen. We hope you love your new home.

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Tile that’s fun—whether colorful or laid out in an interesting patterncan really take a bathroom from nice to knockout. A colorful mosaic of blue tile in this bathroom renovation transforms the shower into a showpiece worthy of admiration.

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  • Steve

    Love this!!!