If you love seeing before and after pictures of home renovations, you will love what a New York designer did to glam up an old bathroom. It’s in a narrow space too!
Before diving into the details, here’s a look at the old bathroom design.
Who lives here: A marketing professional and her dog
Location: Brooklyn Heights, New York City
Size: 53 square feet (5.3 square meters)
Designer: Joe Human, owner of designs by human
Challenge: The space can’t be expanded and the designs have to go through approval by the building’s co-op board and architect.
As can be seen from the picture, the bathroom looks old and dark as compared to the updated look below. No one will want to spend their time in the old bathroom for long. The new design looks brighter and inviting, resembling a chic hotel bathroom.
One major change to the bathroom was lowering the ceiling down 2 ½ inches. Human then added recessed lighting and reinstalled a recessed shower curtain track. He also explained that by dropping the ceiling lower and adding more light could make the small room feel bigger.
The room is also full of right-angles, from the floor tile to the bathtub and vanity. Human said it was intentional.
“Our hashtag/motto in our office is #detailsmatter, and this is one of those background details that really pushes the space from an everyday bathroom to a designer bathroom,” Human says.
To help make the overall design look elegant, he used a square-edged marble on the vanity countertop and bathtub surround, and floor tiles outlined in black marble.
The shower was updated to resemble a sophisticated 1920s theme. This was achieved by choosing fixtures with a natural finish without lacquer, instead of brass. “In this case, we chose it not to be trendy but to make a simple statement and also put back what might have been in the apartment originally,” he says.
For the shower walls, Human chose white subway tile with white grout because they add sophistication. He considered dark grout but decided it was too trendy and too rustic for this New York apartment.
When it came to the vanity table, Human was worried that the water from the shower would ruin the vanity. He decided to install custom wood vanity cabinets and sprayed them with a matte lacquer finish. For extra protection, he topped the cabinets with a marble slab and added a waterfall edge.
Human even transformed an underutilized closet outside the bathroom door into a glamorous vanity area where his client could sit and get ready for the day. The cabinets and marble-topped vanity were custom-made. The stool gave a nice touch of glam and luxury.
Since the whole place is white, Human added brass drawer pulls onto vanity drawers for added drama and elegance. The new bathroom definitely looks much more inviting and comfortable!
What do you think?