BEFORE AND AFTER: Family Bathroom / by Strianese + Pew

by Elizabeth Strianese

We took this dated and cramped feeling bath and turned it into a playful spacious feeling bath - without moving a wall!

BEFORE

BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

This fun family of 4 (they were just 3 when we first met them!) asked us to revive their kid’s bathroom using playful but classic materials. A soaking tub was a must for mom, as was a vanity with two sinks. I guess baby #2 was always on their minds, and we took those desires to fruition!

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Our first step was to rethink the materials used. We knew we couldn’t move any walls given the way the bathroom was hemmed in between a bedroom and the double height space of the lower living room. So we maximized the feel of the room with a freestanding tub and efficiently sized vanity.

The main ideas that “work” in this space are:

  • Light, bright materials.

  • A freestanding tub which leaves just enough space between the edge of the tub and the wall to get in for cleaning. Visually, this make the room feel larger because it’s a generous and tall tub.

  • A “carpet” of patterned cement wall tiles which carry from the floor up the wall. This is a key element that we like to incorporate when trying to draw the eye into the room and up to the ceiling.

  • A custom vanity that feels like furniture. It’s important to us to have the vanity not look like a counter that’s been shoved into the corner.