The master bathroom and the master bedroom are among the spaces in the house that saw the most dramatic changes during our remodel. Mostly it’s because we expanded and completely reconfigured these spaces, moving walls, moving plumbing, etc. To get a sense of the structural changes we made you can look at the floor plans here. However, I’m pretty sure it’s more fun seeing Before & After photos of the master bathroom transformation.
To give you a sense of what we started with, here’s a before shot:
This is what it looks like now:
We never had an en suite master bathroom in our previous houses and felt seriously spoilt at the prospect. I pulled together some inspiration images to give my design a direction. Then I decided that our master bathroom would be the one room where I would splurged a little: soaker tub, double vanity, chandelier, marble tiles. Bathrooms are fixed elements and I wanted to create a clean, serene space that would stand the test of time. In order to gain space, we absorbed two closets. We also got rid of the two small original windows, so that the vanity mirror could sit uninterrupted. The huge mirror allows the light to bounce around and gives an illusion of greater space in an otherwise long and narrow room. We then brought natural light back in through a bigger window over the tub, and through the last minute addition of a skylight next to the shower. BTW- I love my skylight, it makes a HUGE difference. Without out, the shower would be a much darker space.
I loved the rain drop chandelier. I’d seen it for sale in a few places but never thought I could justify spending the money, then I found it for sale on ebay at a fraction of the cost (we’re talking 75% less) and snatched it up. Our electrician cursed me as he unwrapped every crystal drop and hung them one at a time.
The only place where I got more creative was in the floor tile pattern. I chose to stack 12″x12″ honed carrara marble tiles and in between I put in an accent line of polished carrara marble mosaic squares. You can’t really tell in the photos, but the polished mosaic adds a slight shimmer between the honed tiles. I didn’t want everything to be polished, especially in a bathroom where things can get slippery. But the hint of polish is unexpected. The rest of the tile are standard subway tiles with a chair rail accent.
On the vanity I added a little tray to corral all the bathroom products. It’s magic! Just by containing the items in a tray everything seems to have a purpose.
In terms of paint, we went with Benjamin Moore’s Aura paint in Sidewalk gray. The Aura line of paints has a great flat finish but is good for bathrooms. Also, because the bathroom is adjacent to our master bedroom, I wanted to keep the color scheme similar, so that the spaces would flow from one to the other with ease. To see our full house pain palette go here, it provides a good visual overview of how all the colors work together.
Quite a transformation wouldn’t you say?