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Renovating a bathroom is a giant project! Blogger and stylist Christina Loucks sticks to the basics to help simplify the process. She chose calming neutrals, white paint and chic-but-simple accessories to make her renovated bathroom shine…

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In designing the space, it was important to me to keep it looking updated, but maintaining the character and personality of the 1956 era house. As a girl who loves neutrals — white and grey to be precise — I wanted the bathroom to flow easily with the rest of the house and display a sense of calm.

The design process was relatively easy since I had already known for the most part what colors and looks I wanted to achieve and I wasn’t changing the original footprint however challenging with the bathroom being only 40 square feet.

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I chose a 4″x8″ beveled white subway tile for the shower, designed an inset in the shower wall to house shelves for necessities, and lined that with rectangle mosaic Carrera marble tile. That little bit of impact makes the shower look a lot more expensive than it actually was. And it is just so pretty to look at! I chose grey grout and love the contrast. It looks good and is practical in that it won’t show stains as lighter grout tends to do.

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For the floors I chose a multi–grey color penny round tile. I am so in love with this floor. It has a retro punch in a neutral tone, and stays in keeping with the small tile they used in my era house.

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On the walls, there is no better color than white! I used Simply White, by Benjamin Moore. It is a nice frosty white.

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I played around with shower curtains in the final design phase, but curtains really blocked the whole view of the space and how the design all worked together, not to mention it made the already very small room look a lot smaller. A glass door was out of the question both for budget reasons, and because it is not baby-friendly. I chose to use just a plain clear liner and it gives a great effect at a much lower cost.

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And the final fun with the accessories. With the space being primarily white and grey, I needed some texture and shine. I love the eclectic mixes against clean modern lines and accomplished that by mixing metals. Brass accents, brushed nickel, and polished nickel and added texture with the fabrics and accessories I chose for the wall. The West Elm bath tray hung next to the hand towel monogrammed “hand” and a cardboard “B” I painted in high gloss white. And a pop of green with plants or fresh greenery added just the perfect balance of freshness, calmness and life.

See more of Christina’s work on her blog.

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Images: by Amber Fouts via Christina Loucks

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linda

April 11, 2013

Just bought a house with the same look. Love what was done with this. Clean and bright.

Karen Ehlers

April 11, 2013

I love the idea of hanging the tray. Can you tell me how you did it? And your bathroom is very ‘ahhhhhh’!

Andrea

April 11, 2013

Beautiful bathroom! I live in a home built in 1946 and have a half bath redo in progress (it is gutted). Our main floor bathroom has white tile with black accent tile and will soon be painted gray. I love the tile you used on the floor, are they metallic rounds and who was the manufacturer?

Erin

April 11, 2013

This is beautiful!

lisa

April 11, 2013

love! where did you get the subway tile and ceramic floor from…i want to do the same! love the circle mirror too GORGEOUS!

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