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A Modern + Functional Kids’ Bathroom

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Here we are again, with yet another big design decision to make!

This time, we’re tackling the kids’ bathroom — which, by the way, will also be serving as our guest bathroom.

(We apologize in advance to our future guests for any mess our kids may leave behind… because they will.)

{The BEFORE}

Modern + functional kids' bathroom

The existing layout for the 2nd floor kids’/guest bath is pretty functional from the start and includes enough room to upgrade the single vanity situation to a double, while keeping the rest of the plumbing intact. My biggest design dilemmas and decisions involve finding child friendly, gender neutral finishes that will also be sophisticated enough for adults to appreciate and enjoy. In case you were wondering, it was NOT a hard decision to ditch the original 1960’s era shell shaped sink and vinyl flooring.

Oh, and lest I forget to mention, all this has to happen ON BUDGET.

Given the design direction for the rest of the house (stay tuned for more reveals!), I knew I wanted to keep with the colonial/traditional era of the construction but update it with a modern and slightly industrial edge. A neutral color palette was also an easy decision — accessories can do all of the work when it comes to adding color.

See, designing a great wardrobe and a great home are not that different!

{The DESIGN PLAN}

Modern + Functional Kids' Bathroom

Black Faucets (Vanity + Bath) // Accessories // Mirrors // Vanity (similar) // Lights // Floor Tile // Shower Curtain // Art

Some features to note:

Matte black hardware — Definitely not the most common choice, but I LOVE it. It provides great contrast against light toned walls, cabinets, tile and counters and it looks much richer and more expensive than many oil-rubbed bronze finishes. The industrial detail is also a nice finishing touch. To be perfectly honest, I have yet to meet a black I didn’t like.

Classic subway tile — It’s clean, it’s simple and best of all, it’s CHEAP. I’ll be grouting mine with a dark charcoal to pick up the tones of the floor tile and the hardware. It’s the little bit of “classic” holding all of the modern design elements together.

Natural wood tones — I know many of you have started to veer away from wood finishes and into solid or painted cabinetry territory. I’m guilty, too! However, when I saw the natural, light wood finish matched with all of the cool and modern elements of the space, I knew it was exactly what this room needed. It’s the organic element a hard surface room, like a bathroom, craves!

Single lever faucets — How cool are those faucets, right? They were actually a last minute switcheroo while in the plumbing showroom. Originally, I was considering wall-mounted faucets, but that would have required plumbing upgrades/changes, as well as the addition of vessel sinks. Children tend to be messy and splash water. Hence, the shallow vessel sinks were not ideal for my purposes… unless I was looking to wipe up puddles of water on the daily. Ummmm… no! Instead, I picked a single lever, modern black fixture and was able to keep the traditional undermount sinks. The single lever is also much more user-friendly for little hands. Win-win for the design and for the budget.

I’m hoping when all is said and done, my finished space looks even a fraction as good as some of my inspiration images below.

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So, how am I doing on my modern + functional kids’ bathroom?

Would you do anything differently?

Modern + functional kids' bathroom

(Images via 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5)

 

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