Before and After: This Bathroom Tile Floor Totally Steals the Show

updated May 3, 2019
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We’ve enjoyed a few bathroom renovations which preserved the vintage tile—dreamy blue and seafoam green—but know this right now: This is not going to be one of those situations. Don’t worry, though, because the results and the story behind this 1939 home are absolutely amazing.

The designer behind this remodel shares the story of this family home:

My client has lived in this home since she was 12 years old. She bought it from her mother and has raised her family in it. The home was particularly meaningful to her, because it is in a neighborhood of Denver where affluent African Americans were first able to purchase and own homes. The original 1939 bathroom was quite charming, but the client was ready for a change and did not look back when it was time to design and demo. This is a very small family bathroom.

Oh my goodness. The exposed brick! The gloriously colorful floor! The fact that the bathroom now feels twice as big! Laura Medicus of Laura Medicus Interiors designed this bathroom, and it looks absolutely gorgeous, especially in a historic home.

We used Kohler’s Brockway double sink to clear up floor space (with Kohler’s faucets in chrome that go with the sink). We ended up exposing a wall of original brick (a happy accident find) and fell in love with some bold, patterned floor tile by Somer Tile (Egeo Naxos). Except for the splurge on Kohler’s Brockway, this was a budget friendly remodel.

Laura wrote in a blog post that, with all the updates this bathroom needed and tiles that would need to be replaced, keeping the original tiles (and filling in the gaps with another type of tile) was not an option.

Replacing the vanity with a floating sink opened up the space so much, and the sink Laura chose is perfect.

Argh, that brick wall is so perfectly imperfect. I would never have thought to pair it with the orange, pink, and green tile, but the combination is excellent and fills the room with so much warmth. It’s a great example of a way to make a mostly white bathroom also feel a bit cozy: Go with white fixtures and walls but add a colorful floor.

It’s wonderful that this house was able to stay in the family, and that it’s been updated so beautifully for many more decades to come.