Stylish Blue-Gray Bathroom Renovation

We completely gutted this bathroom to give it a whole new makeover, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty!

At First Glance

In the “before” photo, you can see that this bathroom is a bit outdated.  It has old white ceramic shower tiles and white subway tiles on the floor. The brass shower door is bulky and could use a sleek design. The only lighting is above the vanity and the vanity itself could be more functional.  We kept the general layout of the bathroom to avoid having to install new plumbing and pipes.

The Lighting

Since the only lighting was above the vanity, we installed new recessed lighting which brightened the room.  A night and day difference… literally! The fixture above the vanity mirror received an upgrade as well. 

The Vanity

We added a new vanity that was more functional with a bit more counter space. We chose one with several drawers for improved organization. The square sink and new faucet gave it a more up-to-date appearance.  The generous white mirror above the vanity makes the space appear larger.

The Shower

This was our favorite upgrade to the entire bathroom!  The walls of the shower are gorgeous navy blue handmade tiles with glaze on them, THE color everyone is using right now.  We used 1 x 1 tumbled marble tiles for the shower floor to give it dimension.  All the brass on the old shower door was an eyesore so we opted for floor-to-ceiling solid glass panels for a crisp, more open design.  The only things visible were a few brackets, a couple of hinges, and a handle, all of the polished chrome.

The Toilet

We couldn’t leave an old toilet in a beautifully renovated bathroom, so we put in a Toto Toilet that has a special finish on it called Sani Gloss to help keep the bowl clean.  Plus, the style screams “hi, I’m new here!”.

The Flooring

The thing I love most about this tile is that it looks like marble but it is actually porcelain!  This is a much more affordable option but is absolutely beautiful.  It could fool almost anyone at first glance with the gray vein running through it all.  We chose to use 12 x 24 tiles because a larger tile makes the room appear more spacious. 

The Finishing Touch

The walls were a bit too ostentatious. We elected to paint them a more subtle color to give the bathroom a clean and hygienic feel.  The blue-gray color pulls together the navy shower tiles with the gray vein in the floor to complete this stylish bathroom renovation!

Shop The Look: Young Lady’s Bathroom

I’m excited to share with you the final product of a Young Lady’s Bathroom transformation that we completed just before Thanksgiving in 2021! 

The Before. 

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom before the transformation took place. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with it, it was clear that a little bit of TLC would truly transform the space. Here, I feel the vertical stripes on the walls made the already-small room appear much smaller than it actually was, creating a slightly claustrophobic atmosphere. 

The Colors. 

The color palette is much more important than you may initially believe when it comes to bathroom design. In this case, I decided to opt for a rather simplistic color scheme, combining a bright white shade with pastel blue hues. These shades are commonly featured in bathrooms – and for a good reason. This is because they give the room a clean and hygienic feel, which is perhaps more important in the bathroom than anywhere else in the home!

In this instance, we painted the walls in the stunning Lily White shade from Benjamin Moore. As the color white is light-reflective, this instantly makes the bathroom look bigger. 


My favorite part of this bathroom is, without a doubt, the tiles behind the vanity. Handmade by Marble Systems, they feature a simplistic yet effective blue and white geometric pattern that adds a new dimension to the bathroom. We also installed unique ‘raised’ shower tiles in the back wall of the shower, which added a further dimension to the space. 

It goes without saying that tiles are the perfect choice for bathroom decor since they are easy to clean and resistant to the build-up of moisture. This makes bathroom maintenance a breeze! In terms of maintenance, we also decided to install a glass shower door, removing the old shower curtain previously hung by the owner. Again, this is much easier to clean and gives the space a more modern-finish, perfect for a young lady! 

Mirror & Vanity. 

As mentioned previously, the vanity became the focal point of the room once we added the handmade tiles. Here, you can see the prep behind installing a mirror within the space. We used blue tape to measure out the exact location of the mirror and sconces, which were then installed upon the tile for a clean, professional finish. 

The vanity is painted white in order to match the rest of the space. However, it has a stunning marble countertop, which helps bring a bit of luxury into this bathroom and pairs nicely with the silver furnishings dotted around the space, such as towel racks and plumbing fixtures like the shower and faucets. The vanity is also on the larger side, with ten drawers meaning there are plenty of storage options for the user – whether she chooses to store make-up or toiletries in the space.

Once we had installed all of the fixtures, lighting was the step of the process. We chose to hang two wall-mounted lights in the bathroom, which are both sophisticated and practical. 

How To Design The Perfect Powder Room

Whether you are looking to increase the value of your property or win over your guests with a home with the wow factor, you can’t go wrong with introducing a powder room to your property. Not only are they highly practical, but they’re also a great way to put your creativity to the test as you’ll be working within a relatively small place. 

What exactly is a powder room? 

A powder room, sometimes referred to as a half bathroom, is a secondary bathroom space within your home that typically contains a sink, toilet, and some form of vanity. They are installed partly for convenience, due to the fact that you can use them whenever guests come over. If you have your powder room on the ground floor of your home, you no longer have to send guests upstairs when you need to clean the bathroom (which means you can get away with doing less cleaning before a big event). 

How to design the perfect Powder Room. 

Whether you already have a powder room in your home or have recently undertaken some renovations to install one, the difficult part of the process is deciding exactly how you want it to look. Not only do you need to make sure you find a way to maximize the space you have available to you, but you must also remember that having a limited room doesn’t mean having limited design options. You just have to be creative!

With that in mind, here’s a quick look at one of our most recent powder room transformations! 

The Color Scheme.

The first step to designing ANY room is choosing a color scheme or theme. Having made this decision, you’ll find it much easier to source the materials you need from the transformation, from wallpaper to furniture. In this case, we decided to go for a silver/grey/ taupe color theme, using white to complement these shades. This color scheme gives the powder room a sharp, sophisticated edge – like something you’d see in a fancy hotel. 

The Flooring.

Tiles are always an excellent choice for any kind of bathroom or powder room because they are strong, durable, and easy to clean. As a result, it’s definitely worth splashing out on luxury products as they’ll become a long-term fixture in your home. Here, we used Marble Herringbone Tiles to bring some luxury into the space, 

The Wallpaper.

When hanging wallpaper, it’s important that you make a statement. After all, this often becomes the focal point of the room and really ties everything else together. In this case, we installed Brunchwig et Fils wallpaper – which features a stunning nature-inspired design. The name of this particular design is ‘Bird & Thistle Wallpaper,’ and while we purchased this in the shade silver, there are various other colors to choose from, including aqua, green, blue, and red. This is great for those looking to bring a pop of color into their powder rooms. 

The Sink & Toilet. 

When choosing plumbing fixtures for your powder room, it’s important that you think carefully about the kind of products that you want to use. Remember, you have to make sure they fit nicely into the space while also matching the rest of your design choices. In this case, we opted for a pedestal sink – which is the most popular style of sink amongst consumers at the moment. We paired this nicely with a Toto Toilet.  

The finishing touches.

Once you’ve covered all of the above steps, it’s time to start thinking about the finishing touches that will help make the powder room truly your own. In this case, we hung a stunning gold mirror above the sink. Additionally, my client requested that we install this polished brass Woodpecker Door Knocker – which is a truly stunning (and unique way) to finish off the space!

Before and After.

It wouldn’t be a room transformation without showing you a before and after picture! 

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