My Guest Bathroom...Analysis Paralysis

I am still sitting on my guest bathroom, doing nothing. I originally posted about the space here.  I have decided that my "analysis paralysis" needs some help...this is where It's Great To Be Home has come to the rescue!  I contacted Liz for a design consultation. She had me fill out a questionnaire, send her some photos and set a budget. These are the two amazing design options she sent me:

Option 1: Glamorous & Dramatic with a vintage feel that keeps the space soft and inviting.

Picture 1

Vanity.  I know you're a DIY'er, so this vanity project will be right up your alley!  With just a few coats of black paint, this off-the-shelf sink cabinet ( will be transformed into the perfect vanity for your guest bath - a little distressed paint technique will up the charm level even more.  Adding a pair of these sculptural wooden feet ( to the vanity will give it the feel of furniture, and these vintage-inspired knobs ( will add a touch of sparkle.  The marble countertop ( is a luxurious addition to the vanity that is sure to impress, and this single-handle faucet ( the look and feel of an antique.

Flooring.  Nothing says vintage like white hexagon tiles (, a classic design.  If you're feeling bold, deep grey grout will make each tile stand out and bring your guests' attention to the beautiful detail in the tiles.

Mirror.  The geometric shape of the floor tiles is repeated in this stunning mirror ( that will look amazing hung above the vanity, and make quite a statement with its bold graphic.

Lighting.  Above the mirror will be this sconce (, which has the appearance of vintage lighting.  Over by the shower, this sparkling chandelier ( adds glamour and sophistication to the space, as well as a touch of drama.

Wall Color.  Pale turquoise walls ( add a bit of life to the room and look beautiful against the black and white color palette - almost a Tiffany blue that is absolutely timeless.

Shower Tile.  The classic white subway tile ( is again perfect for this space with its crisp, clean lines.  To jazz it up a bit, this design calls for a thin line of black mosaic subway tiles ( at about shoulder height - it will add a beautiful bit of flair without breaking the bank.

Shower Curtain.  The color palette of black and white is repeated in this crisp shower curtain ( that has a luxurious hotel feel and a touch of personality with your own monogram.

Artwork & Accessories.  In lieu of the typical towel bar, a row of hooks ( on the wall opposite the toilet would be a charming way for guests to hang their towels - chrome hooks would be lovely, as well.  And above the toilet, this series of botanicals in shades of pink (, and is in keeping with the classic, vintage feel of the space.

Option 2: soothing color palette of white, silver and sage green feels spa-like and calming, the perfect retreat for any guest.  Little touches of sparkle add an extra layer of texture and interest to the space.
Picture 2
Flooring.  Your guests will feel cozy and welcomed by this honey-toned pre-finished oak flooring (  These woods floors are the perfect complement to your existing hardwood floors, and will allow this space to blend seamlessly with the rest of the house.    
Vanity.  This painted vanity with a granite top ( cottage charm written all over it, from the bun feet to the paneled cabinet door and drawers.  And even though your bathroom already boasts a great amount of storage for a guest bathroom due to the linen closet, this piece provides oodles of storage and extra countertop space which is a total added bonus.  The final touch is this elegant faucet which coordinates beautifully with the other silver accents in the room.

Mirror.  The intricate carvings of this unique whitewashed mirror ( will be a stunning focal point above the similarly-toned vanity.

Wall Color.  This soft sage green (, available at Lowe's) is the perfect counterpoint to the warm wood floors, and will allow the white and silver accents throughout the room to really shine.

Lighting.  This streamlined sconce ( a classic choice, and has beautiful details that will be a welcome replacement for the basic sconce currently located above the vanity.  However, the real lighting star in this design plan is the glimmering capiz chandelier ( will look fabulous hanging from the ceiling in place of the existing light.  The wide top of the chandelier should cover any potential damage that removing the light may cause to the ceiling - if, however, any damage can be seen, a traditional ceiling medallion would be the perfect choice to camouflage the ceiling while remaining stylish and true to the design of the space. 

Shower Tile.  A classic white subway tile ( laid in a staggered brick pattern is a classic and totally affordable way to upgrade your existing tub surround.  You will be able to enjoy the subway tile as long as you own your home, as it will never go out of style.  

Shower Curtain.  This classic toile shower curtain ( is the perfect choice for this bathroom, with the sage green pattern tying in beautifully with the muted walls.  The luxurious, spa-like feel of this bathroom could be amped up even further by hanging the shower curtain from a curved rod.

Accessories.  In addition to a chrome towel bar on the wall opposite the toilet and a towel ring by the vanity, a few accessories will add some personality to the space.  These capiz floor vases ( with sprays of silver dollar (écor/HomeAccentsDécor/tabid/508/CategoryID/136/List/0/catpagesize/25/Level/a/ProductID/4236/Default.aspx?ProductName=Artificial-Lunaria/Silver-Dollar-Spray) and placed in the corner by the shower opposite the toilet will really take the spa-feel of this bathroom over the top.  Finally, this gorgeous tulip print ( hung in a silver frame above the toilet will provide a punch of lady-like color to the space.
Let me know which one you like best (Option 1 or Option 2) and then head over to It's Great To Be Home and get Liz to help you with your design dilemmas!



Shannan Martin said...

Number One! Number One! (Number two is really nice, too...) Number One!!

TitansFan said...

Thanks for the info. I just talked to my wife and she wants to install one of these Steam Shower Units....What can I surround one with?

Haven and Home said...

Those are two wonderful choices!

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