Main Bathroom Idea Board

In an effort to keep you guys informed with the design process I’ll show what I have planned for the main bathroom so far.

The main bathroom is just that. The one everyone uses. We have a ranch style house and there is no powder room on the “public” side of the house (ie. living room, dining room, and kitchen) so this room gets used a lot. In the future when we hopefully have kids this is the bathroom they will use also. So it goes without saying that this room needs to be very tough and low maintenance while still looking good for any guests that are over.

Keeping with the plans for the master bathroom we’re going for a vintage feel in the room. If there are two things that described the many inspiration pictures I had for this room it is: marble and wainscoting. Originally, I wanted basketweave marble tile for the floor. That was vetoed by Flannel Man but we both liked the marble hexagon look. So for the longest time that was the plan along with white subway tile in the shower. Classic and ever so popular right now. Fast forward to a year later (remember this remodel got delayed) and I got real with myself. Marble floors are oh so pretty but how are they going to hold up with all of the major traffic that room gets? We take our shoes off in the house but when you gotta go you gotta go and this is the closest bathroom to the front door so it will be seeing some shoe wear. I can only imagine Flannel Man walking on the marble floors in his work boots! No, I just can’t be worrying about babying that floor to keep it looking like new. Lots of other people have those gorgeous marble floors (good for them!) but they just aren’t practical enough for us.

With real hexagon marble floors out of the picture the next closest thing was solid white porcelain hexagon tile. With a solid white floor we thought maybe some real marble subway tiles on the shower walls would look good. The only problem is that we want to have a shower curtain in this room so if the curtain is closed you’d never see the pricey marble tile. So I started all over and looked for a porcelain tile that looked like marble. I was very skeptical of what these tiles would look like in person. I didn’t want something that looked “in your face fake.” After a lot of searching I think I’ve found the best faux marble tile out there people……drumroll please……it’s American Olean Catarina Coliseum White!

The matte finished floor tiles look a lot like real marble (I’m not going to say it looks exactly like the real thing because it doesn’t) whereas the glossy wall tiles have a darker colored veining and perfect gloss finish that makes them look less like real marble. With this new discovery we’re planning to use the matte marble looking tiles on the floor and on the shower walls. There is no reason you can’t put the floor tile on the wall! The best part is this tile is a fraction of the price, is more durable, and doesn’t need to be sealed like real marble. We’re looking to use the big 18”x18” sizes on the floor to limit the amount of repeated pattern and to hopefully make the room feel bigger. In the shower we’re going to go with 12”x12” tiles because they will be easier to work in a smaller space.


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    (1) Kohler Bancroft tub or something with a similar styled front. No boring flat fronts here!

    (2) American Olean Catarina Coliseum White tile in a matte finish on the floor and shower walls.

    (3) Custom built dark wood vanity and linen cabinet with shaker style doors (similar to this style only wider and with drawers).

    (4) White wainscoting made out of exterior composite trim. No worry of warping from humidity or ever needing to re-paint like real wood wainscoting.

    (5) A soft blue/gray/green color similar to this custom blend I had made up for our study.

    (6) Schoolhouse inspired sconces by Hudson Valley. I love the curve these arms make! Most schoolhouse sconces have a right angle bend instead.

    (7) Pivot rectangular mirror. This one is from Pottery Barn but we’re going to be looking for something cheaper. I like the vintage feel this has and that since it will be a kid’s bathroom we can angle the mirror down slightly for them to see in.

    (8) Single hole, double cross handle faucet like this one from Mirabelle. This is a modern spin on an old style. I hoping the single hole is easier to clean around too.

Still to determine:vanity top, sink, shower head and tub spout, toilet, exhaust fan, cabinet hardware, and towel bars/hooks/bath accessories.


9 Responses to “Main Bathroom Idea Board”

  1. 1 Laura February 1, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I love the tile and sconces! Great choices!

  2. 2 kitliz @ DIYdiva February 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I love how you’re doing these very classy styles that also have a vintage look. I think the blue and white are going to be a great combo along with the wainscoting.

    I’m going to do some wood planks in our “main” bath using some 1x rough sawn cedar we ordered in the wrong size. It’s stained right now and I’ll prime and paint it, but I love your idea of using the exterior composite trim. Can’t wait to see how that works out.

    Love your fixtures too, by the way!

  3. 3 Holyoke Home February 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Ooooh! I am looking into exterior composite trim as we speak. When I read you were using not real marble, I have to admit, I scoffed and thought of laminate floors, but the product you’ve chosen is really great. Thanks for the info.

  4. 4 Roeshel March 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    You’re design board is full of beautiful products and the overall look is going to be gorgeous. I love white with the light blue your chose and the rich warm tone of the dark wood. Looking forward to seeing it all complete!

  5. 5 Carrie @ Hazardous Design March 18, 2011 at 6:49 am

    I love, love, love the color scheme you’ve chosen for this bathroom. Such a classic combination that will never go out of style. I’m excited to watch the progress.

  6. 6 Revive.Restore.Renew May 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I love the paint color and light fixture! Can’t wait to see it when it’s done!

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