Chic Kid’s Bathroom Renovation

You know that even the smallest decisions can frequently come to be the challenging design dilemmas if you’ve recently been through a toilet renovation. I still have a few finishing touches left to do, however, the boys’ and girls’ toilet renovations are complete, and I wished to reveal a couple.


Like many people, we’re working within a budget and also together with the mindset that this renovation will (hopefully) have us through many years. For those reasons, and since the home is pretty traditional, it was important that my design choices were timeless, giving us the greatest bang for our buck. But, boy, can it be tempting to do anything very daring and perhaps even a bit over the top in this crazy sport of “Pinterest one-upper.”


I finally decided on two classics: subway tile and chrome. There are so many great patterned tiles available right now and beautiful brass fixtures, but… These are our kids’ bathrooms. And again, I didn’t want to invest in components that I’d be “over” at the next five decades. But just because you go classic doesn’t mean you have to predictable–directly?


From the girls’ bath, I opted to get a 3×6″ white subway tile using a navy “stripe” going all of the way around. (Those tiles are 1/2″ x 6″, in the local tile shop.) It looks navy in the photos however definitely reads grim in person. I wished to keep away from doing too much black and white than I desired, since that can at times look a bit bit more retro.


Finishes could be catchy, and I know metal is all the rage. However, I just feel like chrome–especially for a kids’ or guest bathroom–is here to stay, especially when paired with mainly white. It’s a combo which works. My designer buddy Rebecca recommended the Cassidy shower thoughts and that I loved the design and shape right away. A design in a traditional end is a nice compromise. (I still used brass bits–drawer pulls, mirrors, and light–and will reveal to you that later.)


The shower head is flexible, by the way. It took me a couple of weeks to figure that out. And, in case you’re wondering, I have snuck in a few showers at the girls’ bathroom and you do get plenty of water.

Hope that this helps some of you that are knee-deep in renovation decisions. What toilet design elements do you consider “classic?”