This bathroom was overwhelmed by giant tiles, beige, and cats, but a 4-day renovation completely transformed it. It's a small room and a big makeover . . .
The after is so elegant. Project Palermo did an incredible job on this powder room, fitting a lot of style into a tiny space. The dark vanity adds drama—the Before was literally wall-to-wall beige—and the play of the petite hexagonal tiles against the beadboard is so much more interesting than the squares+squares look was. The room's small style did have some challenges:
I reused the bathroom's existing sink: there are very few sink options available with such a shallow depth (14″), and this one was in perfectly fine shape. It looks so much better with a new black faucet and a new vanity. I customized an IKEA SILVERAN vanity with paint, tapered legs, and brass knobs. I also reduced the depth of the vanity to fit the sink...So, I am super glad I did not waste money on an expensive custom vanity (all of the quotes I got came in around $1k).
This makeover was done with major help from contractors, if you're feeling a bit intimidated by a makeover involving wallpaper, plumbing and electrical work:
I hired a contractor to do this renovation job. I considered doing some of the work myself (such as plumbing and beadboard installation), but ultimately chose not to because the price difference was negligible and I don't need to be a DIY hero. I thought it would be really nice to simply write a check and have it be done in 3 days instead of 3 weeks (or, more realistically, 3 months). Turns out I wrote a check AND did a lot of work myself.
Note how high the tiles go up on the wall—it seems like tile overkill in a half-bathroom (there's probably not a lot of splashing happening!), and is, visually, a lot. Those are already large-scale tiles to have in a tiny powder room, so having them march halfway up the wall is too much.
The wainscoting doesn't go as high as the tile did, leaving room for the addition of a window frame. Previously, the window just kind of hung there; now it is set off properly, and the frame provides the perfect spot for a little vignette.
Wallpaper in a Before & After is a rare treat! A half-bathroom is perhaps the perfect place for wallpaper: there's not enough humidity to damage it, and you can get major design impact with only a small quantity of paper. It can also sculpt the room in ways that paint generally can't:
Another choice that helps make the room feel taller is continuing the wallpaper up the sloped ceiling. The Cole & Sons wallpaper is so beautiful; it looks hand-stenciled.
The colorfully patterned rug works so well with the wallpaper's pattern and adds a welcome pop of color. The rug's hues also tie in nicely with the brass mirror, hardware, and duck (see original post!), adding warmth to the grey, white, and black room.