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Old 07-16-2013, 10:18 PM   #1
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We are renovating our bathroom. It is very small, but completely gutted out right now. DH and I can't seem to agree on anything. What's in, what looks good, etc?

He wants to tile floor to ceiling, I think that may be too much. We are thinking neutral colors like tans/browns. I love the mosaic tile.

I was also thinking of doing one big mirror on the wall. We also can't pick out the sink, vanity, etc. For the tub, I want to get the glass doors that do not have tracks on the bottom, but they are pricey.

Give me some inspiration!
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:28 PM   #2
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I have a small bathroom that we renovated several years ago. There's only so much you can do in a small bath but I designed it top to bottom. You're main constraint is the measurements. We were locked in to very specific measurements for tub, sink and toilet because of space/safety standards.

I will say that tile from floor to ceiling is a very good way to go. Do all 1 type of tile and do the floor and tub/shower all the way up to the ceiling. The right tile will make your bath feel bigger. Neutrals are good. My tile is a kind of cloudy blue. It was the third tile we looked at and I knew right off that was the 1. Totally different than what I thought i wanted.

I never worry about what's "In" Go for something simple and tasteful that will stand the test of time.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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There really are no rights or wrongs here - just different tastes. As long as whatever you do looks fresh and new, and you are happy with it, that's the important thing. (And some will say resale value if you'll be selling.)

I prefer a variety of textures and colors in a room, but that's just me.

We did a bathroom gut and I stuck with classic whites, but I was coming from 60's mauve fixtures, so white was a welcome change. I use bold colors in small ways in that room and I like it that way.

I'd be careful about doing anything too trendy that can't be changed easily. Have fun!
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:07 AM   #4
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We are renovating our bathroom. It is very small, but completely gutted out right now. DH and I can't seem to agree on anything. What's in, what looks good, etc?

He wants to tile floor to ceiling, I think that may be too much. We are thinking neutral colors like tans/browns. I love the mosaic tile.

I was also thinking of doing one big mirror on the wall. We also can't pick out the sink, vanity, etc. For the tub, I want to get the glass doors that do not have tracks on the bottom, but they are pricey.

Give me some inspiration!
Floor to ceiling tile may run into the issue of not being level. Floors and walls settle so your tiles may end up looking uneven.

I would at least measure VERY carefully first before I ever decided to go with that option.

Deciding on a vanity, sink, etc...requires you guys compromise with a style. I can't help you there. I would tend to stick with simplicity there.

As far as glass doors without tracks, that would be worth it. I hate mine.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:29 AM   #5
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Going with beige/tan/neutral tile is smart! (Coming from someone who lived in different houses with blue and pink tile...)

If I'm reading you right, I'd tile floor to ceiling in the bath/shower area, but would hesitate to do so on the "outside" walls. Gives one the ability to paint/change it out now and then. JMHO, I also think a large mirror in a small bath is smart as it will reflect the light and make the room seem larger. If you belong to Pinterest, there are tons of small bath ideas there.

And, I'm probably in the minority here and this may not apply (as I have hard water), but I much prefer our guest bath with shower curtains and clear liner that I can wash in the washing machine w/towels (or just inexpensively replace it) to my master bath glassed in shower that's a pain in the butt to stay ahead of the hard water marks. Even using a squeegee or wiping with a towel doesn't seem to leave them streakless...
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we renovated our small bath last year, it was the orginal to the house (1950's I think, vanity etc updated in the mid 90's) and awful! We did beige tiles as well, basic white tub, toilet etc. We were trying to keep the budget as low as we could so nothing too fancy, just updated.

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OP, we just renovated our downstairs bathroom, and getting ready to redo our upstairs one. We searched and searched with options for our bath/shower. We went with the Onyx collection. They have a lot if different styles, colors, options. We had it done tub to ceiling, including a white panel on the ceiling. We couldn't be happier! Easy to clean. Most times I just use a glass cleaner to wipe it down. Upstairs we want to take the tub out and put in a shower base with a seat. Also the trackless door. Here's a link.... http://www.onyxcollection.com/ We stick with the tans/browns too. I like neutral colors, something that goes with pretty much anything!

Can't help you with the vanity as we couldn't find what we wanted either!! We do have a favorite furniture store in Lancaster, Pa that we have dealt with. We have bought a bedroom suite off of them, as well as had a custom made bar height table and chairs. They are family owned and are wonderful to deal with. So about a month ago we took a day trip out there to see what they could do for us. We had measurements and pics of what we are looking for. They presented them to one of the Amish woodworkers that they work with. No problem to make our custom cabinets, and even had some great suggestions from them. It will take 6-8 weeks to complete, but we are in no hurry.

A big mirror over the vanity would be nice. As stated before, it will reflect light and make your room look more "roomier".
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Going with beige/tan/neutral tile is smart! (Coming from someone who lived in different houses with blue and pink tile...)

If I'm reading you right, I'd tile floor to ceiling in the bath/shower area, but would hesitate to do so on the "outside" walls. Gives one the ability to paint/change it out now and then. JMHO, I also think a large mirror in a small bath is smart as it will reflect the light and make the room seem larger. If you belong to Pinterest, there are tons of small bath ideas there.

And, I'm probably in the minority here and this may not apply (as I have hard water), but I much prefer our guest bath with shower curtains and clear liner that I can wash in the washing machine w/towels (or just inexpensively replace it) to my master bath glassed in shower that's a pain in the butt to stay ahead of the hard water marks. Even using a squeegee or wiping with a towel doesn't seem to leave them streakless...
I just have to say that I have been having a lot of success staying ahead of with RINSING the shower after every shower. I have a hand held in my shower as well (for cleaning it), and my sister told me to rinse down the walls after your shower.

Now it does not eliminate it of course but it seems to be helping.

We have LIME. What is your mineral?
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:27 AM   #9
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... For the tub, I want to get the glass doors that do not have tracks on the bottom, but they are pricey.

Give me some inspiration!
"Frameless" shower door. For us, the frameless was $500 more than the old-fashioned kind -- well worth it.

My son's bathroom has the same Kohler set as cepmom.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:30 AM   #10
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I just have to say that I have been having a lot of success staying ahead of with RINSING the shower after every shower. I have a hand held in my shower as well (for cleaning it), and my sister told me to rinse down the walls after your shower.

Now it does not eliminate it of course but it seems to be helping.

We have LIME. What is your mineral?
I have no idea; if I didn't know better I'd say diamonds.

I've tried vinegar, the Pinterest formulas, Mr. Clean erasers, WD-40...I'm afraid the etching is in the glass forever. It's not as noticeable outside the shower, but when I'm inside with the light shining through, I see every mark. Maybe I need to shower in the dark?

OP, sorry for sidetracking your thread; but thanks, MM, for the suggestion.
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we renovated our small bath last year, it was the orginal to the house (1950's I think, vanity etc updated in the mid 90's) and awful! We did beige tiles as well, basic white tub, toilet etc. We were trying to keep the budget as low as we could so nothing too fancy, just updated.
Wow, your bathroom looks great. Would you mind me asking how much it cost? Did you hire a contractor? I am thinking of renovating my bathroom and decided to not put tiles on the walls after seeing your pictures. It looks great just in the shower area.

OP, I would recommend that as well. Lot less grout area to worry about cleaning and getting mildew stains. My bathroom gets so hot and humid when we take showers. The tiles get so wet. And we have a window and always have it open.

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:43 AM   #12
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We had ours done a few years ago.

The one little detail that makes my husband crazy: The contractor never mentioned the possiblilty of having a soap tray in the shower... and it didn't occur to us. As a result, I went out and bought one that rests on the tub base, but it would have been so very much nice to have one a bit higher up. For someone who does this for a living, I think it should have been something they brought up.

For that and a number of other reasons, a different contractor is starting work on our kitchen next week.

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Old 07-17-2013, 06:48 AM   #13
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Thanks for all the posts so far! I think we will definitely splurge on the frameless tub doors. We have to have a tub with 4 little ones!
Still not sure just how much we should tile. I saw a picture of a bathroom with square tiles on the bottom, then subway looking tiles on top, and I really liked it.
If we put one large mirror on the wall like I want, we are losing wall space for a vanity, so we'd have to get a sink with a nice amount of storage underneath. (Other option was pedastal sink.)
DH wanted to do a huge glass vanity and mount it into wall, but something with the wall behind it made it impossible so that's out.
I have been using Pinterest like crazy, and trying to put together everything I like, but it's hard to put the pieces together!
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Mirror! Use as large of a mirror that you can. It'll make it feel a bit bigger... plus, who doesn't love a huge mirror in the bathroom?!
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We had ours done a few years ago.

The one little detail that makes my husband crazy: The contractor never mentioned the possiblilty of having a soap tray in the shower... and it didn't occur to us. As a result, I went out and bought one that rests on the tub base, but it would have been so very much nice to have one a bit higher up. For someone who does this for a living, I think it should have been something they brought up.

For that and a number of other reasons, a different contractor is starting work on our kitchen next week.

To find styles you'll both like, start browsing at www.houzz.com
Oh wow! I thought I was the only one this happened to. It's your business. How do you forget!?
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