We originally intended to make the master bath on the second floor a very utilitarian space. Our downstairs bath is a a little showy (for various reasons), but I wanted to take a more practical approach to our upstairs bath. We anticipate that it will be a high traffic area, requiring a more inventive use of space to juggle the routines of a few people. Cost was also a consideration; from prior experience, renovation costs can add up quickly, so we made a conscientious effort to comparison shop and keep certain expenditures down.
My default "color" choice is white, but I always imagined our master bath painted in an inky hue. Once I started designing the layout, I moved away from dark walls and decided that whitewashed wood plank walls would be better for the small space while adding texture. There will be quite a bit of white in our new bath, but I have noticed I've been interested more and more in noirish details to punctuate the space.
Affordable fixtures. When I started looking for the perfect bathroom fixtures, I fell in love with Kohler's Purist collection. We have a Kohler fixture in the downstairs bath and it is one beautiful, shiny piece of chrome. I wanted to scale back the budget on the upstairs bath renovation (fully anticipating that, as always, we would spend more than projected), so I found a "budget" version from American Standard that fit the bill. I also opted for standard white porcelain socket fixtures, which were a buck fifty each. When it comes to lighting, I am loathe to spend more than two figures. I typically prefer my lighting to blend in and be almost unnoticeable, so the cheaper, the better.
Recurring themes. Open shelving, subway tile, and leftover tile from our last bathroom project. These workhorse elements have worked well for in other rooms, so why quit now?
Plants. For the first time in my life, I am successfully taking care of indoor plants (seven plants are alive and well in my home at the moment). I want to keep this surprising and positive trend going, so I'm going to source a maidenhair fern and other shade loving plants to add to our bathroom.
For the most part, we are looking at very clean and simple lines for the main elements of the bath (fixtures, toilet, bath, sink), while adding depth and texture through other accessories and certain finishes. I'm actually a little surprised about how excited I am at seeing the space when it is finished.