Before and After: A Color-Overload Bathroom from the ’90s Gets a Calming, Beach-Inspired Redo

published May 11, 2022
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Credit: Patricia Prince-Taggart

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with colorful, maximalist rooms and homes. In fact, many people love them! But others prefer a more serene style. Scandinavian-style minimalist apartment or breezy California beach house, anyone?

In super small spaces, especially, minimalism is sometimes preferred over tons of colors and patterns. Case in point: this once-ultra-colorful bathroom in Patricia Prince Taggart’s home. Its closed-off shower — plus its vibrant color scheme — were making the bathroom feel smaller than it was. “This guest bathroom was the room where all extra paint [and] tile landed,” Patricia explains of her ’90s home when she first moved in.

In addition, the bathroom had half-open green cabinetry and “a door behind a door leading into a bedroom that made no sense,” Patricia says. She was looking for something more practical and something more simplified with white and wood tones that matched her mid-century modern style, so she used a beach theme as inspiration and got started with a complete overhaul of the bathroom.

Credit: Patricia Prince-Taggart

Patricia says her vision comes through in the “after” in the pebble shower floor, the wavy tile, organic shaped mirror from West Elm, and, of course, the Jaws poster.

Patricia hired professionals to help with the tiling, plumbing, and timing of everything, and the renovation took about three weeks. The closed-off shower kept its same silhouette, but the glass doors and white tile make the room feel much larger.

Patricia sealed off the extra door herself, and now art hangs there instead. “Sealing the door was easy,” Patricia recalls. “I learned to do wallboard and tape from my mom and dad.”

Credit: Patricia Prince-Taggart

The wall tiles were removed and replaced with khaki-colored paint (Sherwin-Williams’ Repose Gray), the old tile floors were swapped for cement, and the once-green vanity and countertop is now a more elegant wooden choice. “We found the vanity at a local outdoor market made by a local artisan woodworker,” Patricia says. The waterfall faucet and vessel sink on top are from The Bath Outlet, and they are two of Patricia’s favorite parts of the redo.

All of these swaps help to simplify the space and give it a much more organic and modern feel — in turn, making it feel lots more spacious, even though the footprint remains the same.

Credit: Patricia Prince-Taggart

Patricia says if there’s one thing she could change, it would be the toilet. She would have splurged and gotten a nicer one, she says. But overall, she loves the space.

“I love how it came together — love the tile, the mirror, the faucet, everything,” she says.