Before & After: This Bathroom Looks Great, But Wait Until You See the Floor

Before & After: This Bathroom Looks Great, But Wait Until You See the Floor

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Nancy Mitchell
Nov 16, 2017
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This "Before & After" involves a beautiful Brooklyn brownstone with a bathroom that had seen better days. While certainly not as dire as some "before" bathrooms we've seen it had an uninspired design, a clunky sliding metal door that broke up the space, and a distinct lack of storage — especially for a bathroom of this size.

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Before we focus in on the other charming aspects of this bright new bathroom, let me just say: I love that floor. Some modern renovations look stark, with all white or black-and-white spaces, but this cement floor tile (Dandelion in Lawn/Milk, by Marrakech Design) adds warmth, pattern, and color, all in one fell swoop. It's the perfect finishing touch to a space that, with all its bright, shiny white finishes, might otherwise feel a bit cold.

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A double vanity, with double the drawers underneath, and triple the medicine cabinet space above, takes care of storage. (Plus, sometimes double sinks are nice to have in a shared bathroom.) The gold sconce to the left of the mirror adds a bit of drama to a very modern space.

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The shower, now outfitted with an elegant frameless door, feels bright and modern instead of cramped and institutional. The subway tile surrounding the shower, which continues through the rest of the bathroom, is laid in a herringbone pattern, rotated from the typical 'V' configuration to resemble a stairstep. Everything feels very bright and modern and clean and shiny... and then, of course, if your eyes ever tire of all that white on white — there's that gorgeous green tile floor.

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Kavi and David found their contractor on Sweeten, a free service matching homeowners with local general contractors. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.

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