I’m completely smitten with this grey and white bathroom design concept, and fingers crossed you’ll love it, too!
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I fully realize that a black and white bathroom, or a grey and white bathroom may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you like tea, as I do…then stick with me. Because the inspiration for this space is a place where they LOOOVE some tea…
London. And specifically, London on a gray, rainy, foggy day. Here was our starting point. The BEFORE situation:
Can you relate to this BEFORE pic? Over the years, I’ve heard from quite a few of you who have similar bathrooms at home. Nothing wrong with it, right? Just dated. And builder-grade blah.
The SPACE though is FANTASTIC. It’s the largest bathroom we’ve ever had. But the vibe? WAY too totally 80’s/early 90’s-overalls-and-oversized-plaid-shirts-and-side-ponytails for me to handle. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE a good throwback. Check it:
YES, those are K-Swiss I’m wearing with my faded overalls and oversized plaid shirt. And Oakleys. And Big League Chew. What’d I tell you?
We made some easy, inexpensive…i.e. FREE updates to kind of bide our time until we had the budget for a full-on bathroom renovation. A couple years back, I wrote a post about our $0 master bathroom makeover. It’s still one of our most popular posts…which has always kind of surprised me.
But I think the appeal is probably in that we ALL need budget-friendly solutions sometimes. And I’m a sincere believer that you can make major impact on even the smallest of budgets.
Here’s how the bathroom looked after our freebie makeover…
Better, right? Best part to me are these 10-minute DIY curtain rods we made that helped divide the room a bit (as well aided in covering some of the awful-almond-anything-but-joy tub surround.
After 5+ years of living in this home, I am ECSTATIC to say the time has come for us to renovate the master bathroom. AND, what makes it even MORE exciting is that this already large space is getting even larger. We are planning to steal about 40 square feet from the old master bedroom closet that is next to this space.
Old crappy pic, but hopefully you can see that it’s a pretty big space. It’s by far the largest closet we’ve ever had. But now that we’ve migrated our closet space into another room off our master bedroom that used to be a place to pile all the abandoned junk we had no other spot for…
we can steal that old closet square footage to make the master bathroom even BIGGER. BTW, have you seen the closet reveal yet?? You gotta see it. I’m SO over the moon about it!!
And NOW, it’s planning time for the new and improved bathroom. Here’s the mood board:
“A typical day in London” grey and white bathroom mood board
The concept? London on a rainy/foggy day. Too depressing a “theme”? I can see that…but here’s the thing. I know I’m a bit odd, but I LOOOVE a good, rainy day.
I think it’s because I’m such a homebody at heart. And I’m sure there are some of you out there that can relate (I hope!). To me, the BEST days are the ones that are cold and rainy. Or just kind of dark and rainy. Brooding. Melancholy. I adore those days. Sweatpants days. Days your kids stay in their pjs morning to night. Days you gather on the sofa together and watch a Harry Potter marathon. Or Star Wars. Or something a little less dorky if you’re not down with the Hufflepuff crowd.
Anyways, that’s the thought process, and I’m COMPLETELY enamored with some of the finishes we’ve chosen. Here’s a partial source list for items that are definitely going to be a part of the space, thanks to several sponsors, build.com and hayneedle.com: