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Black Hex Bathroom Tile

Remember the black hex tile I showed you on Wednesday?  And remember how I was thinking about possibly using it as an accent above our stove?  Yeah, I changed my mind.  After sketching it out, I wasn’t quite sold on how it looked.  So I took to Pinterest in search of inspiration, and I think I have a new plan of attack: use it in the bathroom.  Because, you guys, I need that tile.

For a long time, I’ve actually been debating using a black hex or penny tile for our bathroom floor, but I wasn’t too certain about it.  The reason I was second guessing myself is because we are going to be painting the clawfoot tub black, and although it has silver feet, I was afraid it would all blend together.  But then I saw this picture:


Gah. I know right?!  Stunning.  Here’s another view of the bathroom:


This bathroom was remodeled by Mandy Milk of House and Home.  Didn’t she do an absolutely fantastic job?  While I’m now convinced that a black tile floor and black clawfoot tub can coexist, I’m not completely sold for our bathroom.  It totally works in Mandy’s bathroom because the brass is a completely different hue than everything else in the bathroom, which makes it pop.  I’m still a little afraid that if the legs and other shower trim were silver (like in our case), the result wouldn’t be nearly as striking as there isn’t the same level of contrast.

Not only do I worry about the lack of contrast, but I’m on a huge mixing black + brown kick.  I’ve also considered installing wood looking tile (which will accent the wood window trim and door currently in the bathroom), and complementing that with a black clawfoot tub and black vanity.  Sort of along the lines of what Tracy did for her bathroom makeover below.


Yeah, I’m smitten with that combo.  The only downside I see to that option is I don’t know if the wood tile will look really fakey as it would butt up to an actual hardwood floor in the hallway.  So that’s where I’m at right now.  Even if I do go the faux wood tile route, there are still two other bathrooms where the hex tile can live in our house: in either the master bathroom or the powder room.  And maybe, just maybe, the master bathroom could end up looking something like this:

There I go again with my black + brown.  But in all seriousness, I’m drooling over that last image.

So what do you guys think?  Are you as in love with hex tile as I am?  Would you mix the black hex with a black clawfoot tub?  Or would you opt for the black clawfoot + wood look?

client project: bathroom reveal

I’m so excited to announce that the two bathroom remodels are finally done!  It’s been an absolute whirlwind, but I couldn’t be happier with the results.  The first bathroom we remodeled was the boys’ bathroom.  Before it was a dark and gloomy cramped space, and after it is bright, fresh, and airy.

In the after picture on the right, the paint is a little washed out.  In reality, it’s a shade or two darker, but still very soft and bright. The biggest difference came when the mirror was installed.  Although the space is still small, the room felt 10 times bigger  just by adding that mirror.  Ready for another comparison?
We ended up removing a closet that led into the hallway in order to gain more storage space in the actual bathroom itself, and when we did that, we installed a custom built-in shelf


In the original bathroom, there wasn’t even a shower.  They had a handshower that could be used as a makeshift shower, but it wasn’t very conducive to showering.  Even the bath that previously existed was tiny.  During the remodel, we installed an actual shower, and we also included a 5.5′ soaking tub.

 After photo by Katie Mueller Photography

Last but not least, we have the toilet area.  Oooh, the toilet.  This doesn’t need much explanation.  I think we can all agree this was a vast improvement, don’t you think?

 So, that’s a wrap! If you want to check out pictures of the other bathroom I just completed, head over to Facebook, as they were posted there today.  Otherwise, they will be posted on the blog next week.  Have a great weekend!

crazy about clawfoot (and color!)

During our house hunt, we come across some pretty strange things (especially since we’re wanting to buy a fixer upper).  Take this bathtub, for example:

Yikes, huh?  Although I would never have a tub that looks like that in my bathroom, there are two things I learned from this tub: 
1. I want a claw foot tub if at all possible in our new home 
2. You can paint a claw foot tub?!? (mind officially blown)
So..can you guess what this post is going to be about today? Mhmm…colorful claw foots. 
Now I’m not usually a red fan, but that bathroom above may just change my mind.  But let’s be real, something along the lines of the bathroom below is much more my style.
Image via Marie Claire Italy
I love how the subtle hues play off the natural wood tones in the bathroom above, giving it a natural, earthy feeling.  And then you compare that one to the stark contrast and the pop of color in the image below.  

Image via Emily Henson 

Image via Design Sponge

What color would you choose to paint your tub if you could paint it any color?
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