Pink Oasis Bathroom Design

When you have a client who has had a really small white bathroom for 40 years, your first impulse is to paint the walls a color.

But you also realize that there is so much more that has to be done.

When I design a space for a client, I don’t just think about the possibilities, but I also think about what would be the BEST option for them. There were many decisions I made in this bathroom design. Before I walk you through them, I want to show you what it looked like when I first saw it.

This is the old school version of a "double vanity"

This is the old school version of a "double vanity"

The part that you put your makeup on...

The part that you put your makeup on...

The side that you go to the bathroom and take a shower....

The side that you go to the bathroom and take a shower....

As you can see- it's pretty rough (here is a link to the rest of the house). However, that is going to make the design so much more of a dramatic change!

Bathrooms are like any other room in that you have to determine what type of feeling you want when you go into it. My client insisted that she wanted something that was simple, not fussy (meaning no molding/fancy lighting/lots of curves) and easy to clean. 

These inspirational images each had a concept that I was trying to capture in my design that also reflected my client's preferences.

This photo uses one long mirror and one long counter- both were something that this client needed and wanted. 

Since there is green shag carpet in the hallway (and the rest of the house!) I wanted to bring a complete change to the space with a pale pink tone on the walls. 

Since my client is elderly, contrast between the cabinet and counter and then the floor is important. As your eye ages, you need more contrast (and light) to be able to see easily. 

The other things I wanted to keep in mind with my design:

  • Lots and lots of light (both by the mirror and on the ceiling). 
  • Cost. These clients care more about living their lives than what their home looks like. I needed to make sure the design was beautiful but reflected that.
  • Accessibility. My client has had many types of surgeries and since her restrictions will probably only increase over time, I needed to incorporate grab bars and other items that would help her age in place.
  • Simplicity. The client's style is pretty straight forward- nothing ornate and nothing to "frilly". At the same time, we wanted to stay away from being "plain". 

This is what I came up with: 

This is photo of what it would like from a front view- the lines on the wall indicate where the current wall is now that divides the two areas.

This is photo of what it would like from a front view- the lines on the wall indicate where the current wall is now that divides the two areas.

This gives you a better idea of the layout

This gives you a better idea of the layout

When you walk in, this is what you would see if you looked towards the shower

When you walk in, this is what you would see if you looked towards the shower

I am going to go into more detail behind the selections in the post where I show off the "after photos" of this sucker- but I want you to be a part of the process as I go along. 

I can't wait to see it in person!!

You might be wondering how long it takes to do something like this. All of it depends on how fast you can pull together the team and the materials. 

In this case, my contractor was able to order everything and we got it in about a week. Then we did demo (about 2 days) and now they are installing everything. The big time restriction is the vanity. 

We are getting it made by a cabinet company and it takes about 4 weeks to get in. SO, we will be in a holding period for a couple of weeks until that is in before we can really wrap it up.

So in all, it will be about 4 1/2 weeks (could be shorter if the cabinet was ordered earlier or we picked out a ready-made option). 

But the client will be able to take a shower/use the toilet during the waiting period (Which can come in handy :) 

What is your biggest question about re-doing a bathroom?