Friday Favorites: Bathrooms

Welcome to Friday Favorites where each week 2 Sisters bring you their favorite home design and decor pieces (complete with shopping links or in this case links to some of our favorite design blogs)!

Bathrooms, even if you don't want to admit it, are places we end up spending a crazy amount of time. All those hours sitting staring at the wall facing the toilet, daydreaming while brushing your teeth, throwing up after a bad bad burrito, or overindulging in a long, hot shower after a shit day? It adds up. Who wants to spend all that time in an ugly space? Us 2 Sisters I have always thought that decorating and styling bathrooms is a right up there with all the other major living areas. And while our exact styles may differ, we both agree to that keeping things friendly, DIY-able and maybe a tad unexpected is the way to go.

TRACEY'S PICKS

1. Zoe and Max's Gallery Powder Room

Via designsponge.com

Via designsponge.com

What I love: The chalkboard walls, large-scale gallery display, the colorful rug. The best part?That tiny little stool to put the toilet paper on.

Copy this style: I think any powder room with wood floors could pull this look off. These are essential to giving the room it's art gallery feel. Try those cool wood-look tiles. Be mindful of the scale of the art pieces used. Too many small pieces in a floor-to-ceiling layout like this would get crazy-looking.

2. Katie's Simple Scandinavian Bathroom

What I love: The elongated subway tile, those amazing faucet handles, the shelves that make the best out of a weird corner... and another tiny little stool (I'm sensing a new obsession).

Copy this style: Add super-utilitarian fixtures. Look at the sink and toilet! Stunning in their understated shape. Pair with stark white walls, dark flooring and a few rough-hewn wall shelves filled with apothecary-style bits and bobs.

3. Wild and Wacky Boys' Bathroom

What I love: The vibrant, pick-me-up coral wall color, the hodgepodge of textural and touchable art, the door-knocker-as-cabinet-pull and most importantly? The price. This was a $400.00 HGTV makeover

Copy this style: Embrace the nuttiness and paint the boldest color your can stand looking at. Update your builder's standard with a coat of white paint. Plunder your kid's artwork to frame, then your mama's house and your neighbor's house for awesome and unusual tchotkes to put on display. Plus... Hang more art on the back of your boring door. Genius!

4. Sexy Red Restroom

I found this on remodelaholic.com, but there's no real source for it. Bummer!

I found this on remodelaholic.com, but there's no real source for it. Bummer!

What I love: This is early 20th century style with a modern twist: red red red panel detail on the lower half of the wall, the gorgeous, brass legged console sink, and the skylight with a vintage chandy hanging down. I need to move to Europe.

Copy this style: A basic board-and-batten DIY painted this color will set the foundation, and laying down mosaic tile sheets yourself will go far. Finding an inexpensive console sink is the challenge. This pretty lady will set you back about $700.00. Ouch.

5. Modern Wallpapered Bathroom

This brilliant bathroom was updated by Emily @ gohausgo.com 

This brilliant bathroom was updated by Emily @ gohausgo.com 

What I love: All hail quirky wallpaper! The use of Farrow & Ball's Down Spout on the cabinetry, the unexpected artwork, and the updated hardware are also well done.

Copy this style: Though I'm not personally skilled enough to tackle a project of this scale yet, wallpapering can be a relatively cheap, high-impact solution for the brave DIY-er. Check out these cheap and cheerful wallpapers that would make any bathroom proud.

ALI'S PICKS:

1. Modern Playful Bathroom 

What I Love: The cool modern vanity, industrial chic pendant lights and mirror really drew me in. As did the adorable turquoise shelves above the toilet and charming whale print shower curtain. This room certainly needs more art and color but would be an excellent way to renovate a children's bath into something cool and not cartoony. 

Copy This Style: Spray painting a couple of Ikea floating shelves to mimic the ones seen here would be quite easy and a nice way to add some interest to a bathroom wall. And I'm dying to get my hands on those pendant lights for some room in our house. With a simple modern vanity and mirror from Ikea and Overstock and accesories from Urban Outfitters this would be a ramen noodle budget-friendly look to recreate. 

2. Sunny Yellow Bathroom 

What I Love: I know Tracey will love design too because YELLOW and GRAY. It's like her favorite combo. I just adore the white walls and gray flooring and how all the color just explodes with happiness and warmth. I want to get ready in this bathroom. I want to bathe my kids in this bathroom. I want to put on my make-up at that sunny little vanity table under the window. So pretty. 

Copy This Style: This bathroom proves once again that when you choose neutral finishes for big spaces and you can't go wrong. The white walls, classic subway tiled shower and painted gray floor will match ANYTHING. So it's yellow now, maybe it's kelly green in a couple of years, and red a few years after that. You could even swap out décor seasonally if that's something you have time to do (and if you have time to do that may I have some of your free time? M'kay?) But finding a vintage desk or vanity and painting it a really lovely color and carrying that color throughout the rooms accessories? So smart. Also...polka dot shower curtain. 

3. Turquoise Tub

What I Love: Seriously? That tub is everything. Under a sunny window, all turquoise and inviting. And the floor tile is killer. But I love perfectly uncluttered and yet comfortable this room seems. 

Copy This Style: Someone remind me that if we ever buy a new house or a claw-foot tub to paint it turquoise, okay? The tile makes such a bold statement that the room needs little else in the way of decoration or fluff and I just love that about this room. 

4. Map Covered Powder Room

What I Love: As I may have mentioned before I have somewhat of an obsession with vintage globes. As such I'm kind of in love with vintage maps too. Using an old typographical world map to wallpaper a powder room? Wow. The graphic punch is incredible and colorful but still sophisticated.  The vintage gold mirror and excellent console sink are just icing on the cake.

Copy This Style: As Tracey mentioned wallpaper in a bathroom is such a great way to add serious design-cred with a small investment. The World Typography Map Wall Mural can be found HERE and comes in both peel-and-stick fabric (great for rentals) and traditional wallpaper. Sure a floor-to-ceiling mural will set you back around $400, but if all you're doing to the rest of the room is trading out hardware and updating accessories, it would be money well spent. I'm seriously considering this for our downstairs half-bath...

5. Gray Floating Double Sink Vanity 

What I Love: This bathroom is truly all the things I'm coveting for when we eventually remodel our main bathroom. Love the floating vanity, they give such a modern and sophisticated edge while also making the room feel bigger (that little bit of space at the bottom is such a good trick of the eye). I poured over Pinterest looking for double sinks that are separated by counter space with under-mount sinks, and here they are. And that marble counter top? To. Die. For. And the woodgrain ceramic tile, excellent deco-y mirror and midcentury hanging pendants? So much of my wish list in one spot. I want this bathroom. Now. Minus the too-sweet coral accents. It would have to be turquoise or yellow for me...

Copy This Style: If you're going to remodel a bathroom why not go for a floating vanity as opposed to a traditional cupboard? There are a bazillon Ikea options and hacks for using kitchen cupboards as vanities too. Though marble isn't cheap, doing a bathroom counter (as opposed to say an entire kitchen) is a bang-for-your-buck moment if you use one of the Ikea composites made to look like natural stone.  Wood plank ceramic tiles are all the rage right now and are not only easy to install and care for (or so the interwebs say) but are 1/2 the cost of hardwood in a moisture-friendly material. Throw in extra large mirror and THESE hanging pendants from West Elm and you're set. 

How about you? What are your requirements for an excellent place to flush and wash and be on your way? Serene or colorful? Modern or traditional? Where are you on wallpaper, hell yes or not a chance in hell? What are you favorites from our picks? We'd love to hear back from you!

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