Before and After: An Affordable Black-and-White Bathroom
We love to ooh and ahh over bathrooms with our dream features like patterned cement tiles and brass fixtures, but sometimes the most inspiring makeovers are affordable ones. Toronto-based decorator Vanessa Francis recently shared with us the remodel of her 13-year-old daughter’s bathroom, and we felt a sudden urge to tear out our dated cabinetry and retile our floors. Shopping from affordable retailers like Home Depot, CB2, and Minted for most of her décor and being super selective about where to splurge, she was able to create a statement-making bathroom that’s totally Pinterest-dream-board-worthy.
Read on to hear about how this pretty space came together.
When Francis began the project, her main goal was to shed the bathroom of “its basic builder image” and make it “something that was more luxe yet playful at the same time, keeping in mind that this bathroom is for a teenager.” To that end, she added marble, an extra-long linen shower curtain, a quartz countertop, and artwork, which “all elevated its appearance.”
“My daughter and I were both drawn to bathrooms with a black-and-white color scheme, so I knew I had to paint her vanity black and add white in the form of the marble hexagon floor tiles and Caesarstone counter,” Francis says. “I had also been in love with the black faucet for ages.” The faucet, ringing up around $800, was perhaps Francis’s most expensive purchase, but it’s a beautiful finishing touch that gives it that “luxe” feeling, although most of the other elements were affordable.
One of the most statement-making elements is the F. Schumacher Agadir Screen Noir Wallpaper ($76/roll), which she hung on one wall. “I knew I wanted to add one wall of bold wallpaper behind the vanity to mimic concrete tiles that we are seeing everywhere,” she says. “I fell in love with this one, and it kind of tied everything together. It is definitely the showstopper!”
Budget, as is often the case, was Francis’s biggest challenge. To save money, she decided to keep the existing tub and shower tiles, as they were in good shape “and weren’t offensive.” She also kept the vanity, as it had plenty of storage, saving hundreds of dollars, but she completely changed its look by painting it black. To optimize the storage, she also added a pull-out shelf under the sink and acrylic holders to keep her daughter more organized.
Thinking about tackling a bathroom renovation of your own? Francis advises perusing Pinterest and décor sites to help determine your style and “what you truly love.” Then, she says, “Determine your budget and what you can keep or transform, and what must go.” Some great resources for fixtures and décor that she recommends are Home Depot, Crate and Barrel, CB2, Wayfair, and Decorator’s Best.