Before & After: An Oppressive Beige Bathroom Gets a Dose of Color

Before & After: An Oppressive Beige Bathroom Gets a Dose of Color

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Nancy Mitchell
Oct 22, 2017
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There's no denying the appeal of vintage bathrooms — but Rachel and Michael's vintage bathroom had seen better days. The tilework, though charming, was badly chipped, and the tight, walled-in enclosure made showering a bit of a claustrophobic experience. The original vanity, mirror, and lights had been replaced with ones that didn't quite suit the style of the room, and then on top of it all, there was the color of the walls: a very bad, oppressive beige.

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Rachel and Michael wanted to update the bathroom in a way that would be true to the vintage spirit of their apartment, but also brighten and open up the space. And they wanted to replace the beige with something better — a little bit of color.

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Post-renovation, the bathroom shines with bright white subway tile, which has a classic feel but also helps to lighten up the space. (If you look very closely, the tile has a subtle crackled finish, which adds just a touch of texture.) Above the subway tile, the all-beige walls have been transformed with a coat of slate blue paint.

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Although the wall color is fairly staid, elsewhere in the bathroom there are doses of bolder color. Bright blue mosaic tile creates a bright patch in the shower, which feels considerably lighter and larger thanks to the removal of one of the enclosing walls. A built-in nook, backed with the same bright blue tile, keeps shower necessities off the floor.

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After much debate over the replacement, Rachel and Michael chose to switch the old clunky vanity for an open console design, which fits in nicely with the new bathroom's vintage style — as well as helping to open up the space. The white hex floor tile is another classic touch.

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Rachel and Michael are quite pleased with their new bathroom, which retains the classic style of the old bathroom but feels much bigger and brighter. And, most importantly, it's not beige.

Rachel and Michael 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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