Friday, February 26, 2010

Classic Bathroom Design

February is Bathroom Month

I'm going to be straight with you folks, I had planned to do at least three posts like this one for month of February. As you can see there are only two days left in February and this is the first bathroom renovation workbook posted. It turns out posts like this take a long time to put together. I'll leave it up to you guys, if you'd like to see more posts like this I will most certainly do it. Or you can just email me with specific design requests and I can whip mood boards for you. I'll let you all decide. So, let's get started.

I decided to start with a classic bathroom design because it's the style I'm most drawn to. It might have something to do with how much I love older homes that tend to have subway tiles on the walls, basket weave tile floors and maybe even a pink sink. They'll be so pink sinks in this workbook but I have included many resources that will help you create a classic bathroom.

Classic Bathroom Design

classic bathroom flooring
flooring resoures - wall tile resources
bathroom flooring resourcesBathroom Wall Options

Bathroom Wall Tile Options

I prefer to stick with a white & black color scheme when it comes to floors, walls, and fixtures. Installing tile is labor intensive and can be expensive depending on the materials you choose. Choosing black & white or even all white means you can change out inexpensive accessories for a new look and anything will work. It's also important to consider the value of the space you are renovating. For my condo I would probably go with basic white penny tiles but for home you intend on enjoying for years it would so worth installing those delicious marble basket weave floor tile. A few rows of penny rounds or a Greek key mosaic pattern will add great visual interest to a wall of subway tile.

Bathroom Faucet Ideas

faucet resources - sinks & tub resources
Bathroom Faucets OptionsBathroom Sink & Tubs

Bathroom Sinks & Tubs
A pedestal or console sink will look great with the flooring and wall tile options above but will leave you with no room for storage. If you prefer having a vanity I love this one from Restoration Hardware. Restoration Hardware can be pricey so shop places like and Ebay which are both excellent places to find bathroom fixtures. I hope this post was helpful to you if you are planning a bathroom renovation and feel free to shoot me any questions you have.


  1. Wow, I'm impressed with this post. So much great information...I'm actually bookmarking it for myself because we'll be renovating our bathroom next year. I love the hexagon & penny round tile you picked out. Wish we could afford to tile the whole shower :)

  2. You must have flipped over Door Sixteen's post on decorate for that black and white bathroom. WHile I love black and white, esp. in a bathroom, I can never be disciplined enough to stick with it all the way - I'm always throwing in another color!

  3. I am absolutely in love with Anna's bathroom remodel. Especially the black penny round tiles with the black grout. I need to have that in my home one day.
    I hear you on adding some color, for me it usually comes in with the accessories.

  4. It will be true that Bathroom renovations have become extremely popular in recent years. Many consumers choose to renovate their bathroom before any other room; not only is the bathroom a major focal point when it comes time to sell, but square footage is limited and depending on the plans, the cost can be affordable—especially for homeowners willing to add some elbow grease.