Before & After: An Elegant Boys Bathroom

Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_18 copyOne of the first spaces that came together in my mind was the Boys’ Bathroom.  I knew I wanted something masculine and timeless.  Our boys are little now, but I know that wont be for long, so I wanted a bathroom that would last them for the next decade. My mood board helped me crystalize all my ideas.Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_43 copyAs you can see from the Before and After picture, this remodel was purely cosmetic no walls moved, plumbing in the same place, but what a change.  No more turquoise and pink, just sleek black, white and gray.  I love so many things about this bathroom, but one of the elements that has the greatest impact was probably the least expensive, the wall tile.  The tile for the bath surround all comes standard from Home Depot, but the beauty is in the pattern.  The stone mosaic tile came in ready strips of 5-6 rows, but I didn’t want that look.  I wanted an elegant pinstripe look, so all the mosaic strips were cut down to single strips with two rows of large format 6″x8″ tiles, the white tiles were just $2 sq/ft.

Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_37 copyThe shower curtain is a whimsical SAT vocabulary words curtain from Urban Outfitters from a few years back.  I had bought it for Big Boy’s bathroom remodel in LA and decided to bring it along because I liked it so much.  UO doesn’t sell it anymore but you can find it here.  Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_17 copyThe piece de resistance in this remodel is the vanity in ebony with clean chrome hardware and a Carrara marble top.  I wanted a black vanity in order to anchor the space, but I didn’t want anything too boxy.  What I love about this piece is that it looks like furniture and also has a good amount of storage.Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_14 copyThe other super elegant feature is the Kingston Brass rain shower + hand shower hardware.  I knew I wanted something with a hand shower so that I could easily rinse off my boys after their bath and the rain shower feature is something they can grow into.  Did you see the gorgeous goose neck lines on that shower head?  A total head turner.  Since the hardware is chrome with white porcelain dials, I decided to echo this detail with the boys’ hooks.  I opted for hooks over a towel rack, because it is WAY easier for kids to hang their towels on their own, when using a hook.  I personalized the hooks by adding small framed pictured of each of the boys playing with the bubbles in their bath.Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_30 copySpeaking of goose necks, check out the light fixture above the mirror. I found it at a local light shop that repurposes vintage pieces and turns them into cool light fixtures.  In the case of this fixture it uses vintage pipes and a vintage milk glass shade, for a look that’s industrial meets country.  I like that the pipe extends in a way that it mirrors the shower head.Modern Elegant Boys BathroomBut the thing that really helped the room finally feel finished was hanging things on the wall.  I created cute bathroom appropriate art.  I had seen pieces on etsy and pinterest, but most were too bold, so I decided to design my own.  I think they turned out really nicely.  Plus I hung them up using my favorite 3M Command strips, so that once the boys are older I can swap things out easily without damaging the walls.  I highly recommend using Command strips (I’m not paid to say this), I use them as often as I can when hanging art.Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_35 copyLast but not least, the floor. I loved the look of Marmara marble.  Ann Sacks carries it and it is called Asher Gray.  It’s divine, but I was super concerned about ruining such a beautiful material with boys that sprinkle when they tinkle.  The associate at Ann Sacks agreed with me that it was not the best material for the location.  She recommended I go with porcelain so that I wouldn’t have discoloration or maintenance.  Best advice, ever.  But I didn’t want to give up on my Marmara, lucky for me  I didn’t have to.  I found a this beautiful full body Italian porcelain that mimics the natural stone, exactly.Modern Elegant Boys Bathroom_11 copyIt’s funny how this space has been done for months, but wasn’t finished until I put things on the wall.  Now it is complete. Hope you enjoyed this latest installment of our house remodel.  If you want to check out more Before and Afters go here.  For paint details go here. Thanks for stopping by.  Drop me a note and let me know what you think.  Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook, I’ll be posting a DIY Bathroom Art Printable in the coming weeks.

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Michelle - Gorgeous! The floor tile is really unique, and I think it is perfect in smaller spaces like a bathroom or powder room. I also love the shower tile and the use of the smaller dark tile. Even though there is no color, it is still a vibrant space. Love it, love it!

Ann-Marie Pope - Love this look!! Is there a link for the floor tile, did I miss it? or could you email it to me, please?

isadorag - Hi Ann-Marie,
The tile I used is no longer sold by the Tileshop, however, it’s a porcelain version of Marmara marble tile. Perhaps you can find something similar? Good luck.

Lex - Hi– how is this bathroom holding up? I am doing a similar project (small hall bath, family home, to be used by kids) with a look that’s maybe a bit more modern. I was considering a grey limestone on the floor and the marmara on the walls. Would you consider using this marmara-looking porcelain on the walls, or is it too fake-looking? And did you get the polished or the matte? Thanks in advance!

isadorag - Hi Alexis,
The bathroom is holding up really well, when it’s clean and the sun is shining in, it looks like a brand new bathroom. The marmara like porcelain that we have looks very real. Most people think it is stone. Ours is a matte finish. Marmara is a slightly cooler grey, so my advice, when pairing it with another grey (e.g. limestone) make sure the greys work well together.
Good luck!

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