Before and After: This Bathroom Embraces One of the Year’s Biggest Trends

updated May 3, 2019
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This “stuck in 1989” bathroom needed a lot more than just aesthetic improvements, as its tile, vanity, and toilet all had issues. Not unexpected after 30 years, but it was time for a makeover.

Graphic designer Malcolm Simmons of Mas Means More gave this guest bathroom a fresh, modern look that looks clean and welcoming for guests, and embraces one of the year’s biggest trends. The clear glass shower wall, interrupted only by a minimal handle, really opens up the room, and the classic bathroom palette of black, white, and gray is given a bit of toasty glam thanks to the brass accents.

There’s a great interplay between the petite size and delicate coloration of the marble hexagon tile on the floor and the sturdy bright white subway tile surrounding the shower. The marble is beautiful, but be sure to check out how Malcolm really feels about it.) Tiling the shower all the way up to the ceiling was a smart move, both making the ceiling feel higher and avoiding that awkward transition spot between paint and tile that never stays clean.

Check out Malcolm’s kitchen makeover → Before and After: This Kitchen Was 1.5 Years in The Making

Malcolm bravely took on all the demolition, only calling in help to haul away the debris. That’s an aspect of remodeling that isn’t often discussed, but it must pose numerous challenges, especially to folks who don’t own vehicles and/or have to coordinate permits for dumpsters on crowded city streets.

Just as gorgeous marble joins the floor and the vanity top, brass accessories link this side of the bathroom with the towel bar on the opposite wall. While mixing metals is a gamble that can pay off, the combination of black and brass has a dramatic pop that’s a clear winner.

Like many remodeling projects, this one started with a vision board. Malcolm shared his, as well as this intriguing insight: “The general vibe of the mood board stayed the same through completion, but just about every piece changed from this initial conception.” That seems like a very natural process—that as the actual work and purchasing began, practical concerns might make some choices impossible and others more appealing.

Thank you, Malcolm Simmons of Mas Means More!