I had a reader ask recently where and what should they shop for to renovate a home bathroom.
Tim and I bought and renovated a home all within two months of our wedding. I do not recommend doing all of that at one time (although it all came along swimmingly). We spent a considerable amount of time shopping for fixtures and finishes.
Our master bathroom was a HOT mess. It had no door, a random counter and CARPET.
(If you’re a guy, you’re sitting there thinking, “Hmmm, carpet could be nice coming out of the shower.” STOP IT)
We went with one of my favorite tiles from Arizona (Metro Leather), painted the lovely oak cabinetry white and got a remnant of Tropic Brown Granite.
Here are my tips:
Go simple. Don’t reinvent the wheel. If it’s not your “forever” house I would do something timeless that will help your resale value. I’m a huge fan of subway tile (which Home Depot carries for $1.84 a square foot, Lowes version here). I would use it in your shower stall with white grout.
If you’re feeling bold, use dark grout.
From there I would go with a nice dark tile (so easy to clean, kids. Our Metro Leather NEVER looks dirty).
I also think this hex tile from Lowes is adorable:
If you want to spend a little cash, go for a herringbone marble look:
If you’re working with a contractor, ask them to look for a remnant of natural stone for your counter-top. Our vanity was small enough for this to be a possibility and saved us some serious cash.
There you go. Clean, Simple & Pretty = Money Back.