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Our style is clean, unfussy, yet warm. I gravitate toward rooms that collect a blend of clean lines, natural materials like wood, and cool yet bright colors. Our goal for the bathroom was to keep it very clean and functional, with no unnecessary clutter or lines, and to bring in a lot of natural light. Here are some of the things that inspired us.
Searching for concrete inspiration for our bathroom turned out to be a little more difficult than I expected. There are plenty of airy, natural bathrooms out there, but I think I headed into it with such a clear picture already formed in my head I never found anything that quite matched.
One immediate source of inspiration was the simple hotel bathroom at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. I loved the plain white tile and spare vanity, but the overall look was just a smidge too rustic for us. I trawled through photo after photo (here's my edited Pinterest board for this project, plus my original massive collection of inspiration). I found myself bookmarking plenty of subway tile, penny rounds, and clear glass shower enclosures. I felt like I was trying to strip our inspiration down to the bare minimum, the essence of a small modern bathroom.
Another source of inspiration was our budget (more on that later). Since we didn't have much to spend, I leaned heavily on white and wood to give us a clean look without expensive finishes.