Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bathroom redos on a budget

In my last blog post, I showed a photo of the blue kitchen door from a recent project for the daughter of one of my clients. This pink bathroom and this blue bathroom are from that same project, and we wanted to update them on a budget.
Pink bathroom BEFORE:
Pink bathroom AFTER:


 Blue bathroom BEFORE:
Blue Bathroom AFTER:

What we did:

Not all bathroom renovations require a complete gut job. Removing/replacing the wall and floor tile would have been a major expense. Instead, we reglazed the wall tile in a glossy white to make the spaces seem larger and lighter. It neutralized the “pink” and “blue” of the bathrooms.
The walls and ceilings were painted a medium gray, and we added new light fixtures, mirrors, and window treatments. In the pink bathroom, we replaced the old, damaged pedestal sink with a cabinet sink to give more storage and add some contrast to the room with the dark stained finish.
I hung the window treatments close the ceiling to add height to the rooms. The window treatment fabrics have pink/blue in them so that the floor tile color ties back into the room, but in a subtle way.
I used FLOR carpet tiles as bath rugs. These are my new favorite bathroom rugs…you can create any size and shape you want, they have a rubber back so they won’t slip, and they come in great patterns and colors…way more interesting than your standard bath rug.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Power of Paint -- Part 2

Here is another example of what a little bit of paint can do for a room.

Here is the before shot:


And here is the after shot:


 One of my clients asked me to help their daughter with the design of her first home. The kitchen had been recently updated, but all the white cabinets and door did not give much character to the space. Adding a pop of color to the back door livens up the space in an unexpected way.