It seems like forever ago we were designing our house layout. When we first started I wasn’t pregnant so the upstairs area seemed like the room you throw all your random stuff in to and closed the door on. But things have changed and design decisions quickly became very intentional.
I’ve had a lot of design ideas floating around for awhile now, but wasn’t quite sure how everything would flow together. Pinterest, of course, was my main source of inspiration along with stalking a few Instagram accounts. At the end of the day, I decided I needed to see it all together in one place so I created a design board.
Originally we thought we’d place hardwood throughout the entire bathroom. After racking our brains on how we were going to make the ceiling beams in the living area without blowing our budget, my father in law decided to use some of the wood flooring material as a wrap. As I talked about in this Instagram post, we bought our flooring over two years ago and getting more if we didn’t have enough would be a long shot.
The solution was to use the wood flooring we would have used on the bathroom floor for the ceiling beams and to replace it with tile. I decided that if we were going to put tile down, then we should do a fun pattern at least. It took awhile to narrow down a tile that wasn’t crazy expensive, but y’all the searching was worth it. This tile was $1.58 a square foot!! Crazy, I know.
So happy that we went with tile by the bathtub. With this bathroom primarily being a kids bathroom, having a material that will hold up to bath time splashing was a must.
Eric and I went back and forth for the color of the cabinets. Originally we had thought gray cabinets like our kitchen and master would be nice, however, we decided a very neutral canvas would be ideal. That way we can change artwork, shower curtain, etc, as they get older to suit their tastes.
The separate sinks will be nice when we have another kid, each one will have their own space and the linen cabinet added the extra storage we needed to hold towels, etc.
We loved the idea of a black and white bathroom, but after seeing the price of some of the matte black faucets we decided that it just wasn’t worth the money so in came another trend: mixed metals. I found this budget friendly faucet and the best part – it’s fingerprint resistant! Perfect for a kids bathroom.
The entire bathroom is painted a neutral white. My first idea was to make the shower an accent by having white tile with charcoal colored grout, but now with the black and white floor tile, it was just going to be too much. The beveled shower tiles brings in some texture and the wood mirrors add warmth. I found the light fixtures at West Elm and thought they added some youthfulness.
Shopping around for a shower curtain has been no easy task! I got shot down on this fun fruity one for it not being “manly” enough for Henry, lol. I wanted something that was aesthetically pleasing, wasn’t too kiddish (but also not too adult), and we would be happy with until Henry decides to voice his opinion on how he wants his bathroom decorated. I think the striped shower curtain is the winner!
Henry’s bathroom is almost done, we just have a few little things to put up:
- Shower curtain rod & curtain
- Towel hooks
- Door knobs
I’m also on the hunt for kid friendly bathroom accessories. I really like these amber soap pumps, but I’m still debating on whether or not they are practical for a kids bathroom.
Now with the big construction projects for this space being done, I can finally start putting the decorative touches in. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, especially if you have decorated a kids bathroom before!
Stay tuned for the next phase!
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