Room Tour: A Small Dated Bathroom Gets a Fresh, Natural Makeover
Natural textures and neutral tones have given this small washroom a lighter, softer look
Natalia preserved the footprint and layout of the old scheme, but replaced just about everything else, layering neutral tones and natural textures and focusing on subtle details that would look fresh but stand the test of time.
Who lives here? A family of five
Location Danville, California, USA
Room dimensions 7.7 sq m
Designer Natalia Avalos of Natalia Avalos Interiors
Photos by Jessica Brydson
The old bathroom had a double vanity unit and, above it, a long mirror; here, you can see in its reflection the shower-bath combination and toilet niche.
That arrangement worked well for the young family, but the finishes hadn’t been updated in some time. What’s more, the solid wall between the bath and toilet blocked much of the natural light coming in through the frosted window.
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After removing the old finishes and fixtures and installing a new, clear glass window, Natalia turned her attention to giving the room the timeless, calming and relaxing feel her clients requested.
The herringbone-patterned floor consists of 10cm x 30cm tiles in soft, neutral tones that have a little bit of movement. Atop the floor is a neutral synthetic rug that has the look of a timeworn antique.
Natalia found a white oak vanity unit online that could be customised to have the reeded fronts her client requested. She topped it with white quartz with a thick edge for a modern look.
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“It’s just one of those important details that I wanted to make sure was implemented,” Natalia says.
Wall behind vanity unit painted in Pale Oak; other walls painted in Simply White, both Benjamin Moore.
On the right, you can also see that Natalia replaced half of the solid wall between the bath and toilet with glass, a move she calls the most dramatic change in the room.
The glass shower door swings in or out to open completely, which helps when a parent is bathing the children.
A handheld shower would also have been nice for bath time and when cleaning the bath – but hindsight is 20/20. “At that moment, they were trying to be very budget-conscious,” Natalia says of the homeowners’ decision to forgo a hand-held shower. “But then at the end they regretted that they didn’t do it.”
A stool Natalia found at an antiques fair is a nice detail with multiple functions, including holding towels and offering a place to sit. Like the rest of the bathroom, it’s subtle but full of character.
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