i was ahead of my time. ha ha.
i now heart matt damon. big.

since the creative portion of my brain is on hiatus ...

we are FINALLY getting close to gutting and remodeling our basement bathroom so that for the first time since we bought the house we'll have a second functioning shower. given six of marc's family will likely be heading up for thanksgiving, marc's been told this project is now at URGENT status. as in, october or die.

but now my brain is incapable of making design decisions. my favorite thing to do when i'm bored is mentally redecorate my house ... or any other house, for that matter. but i just can't get it together on this bathroom. for various reasons. one of which is i am seriously limited by space, which limits what i can do.

here's the thing: the room is about 5.5x7.5 feet. it's just big enough for a small sink, toilet, and shower. with a little space to stand and dry off/use the sink. and there's a window next to the shower, which demarcates where the shower has to be.

i toyed with the idea of 12x12 tiles on the shower surround, 1x1 slate tile on the floor (fell deeply and madly in love with the tile, and am now convinced that it has to be used), and paint the walls. then i realized that, because of where the window is, that won't work. or else we'll have to build out a section next to the window on which the shower curtain rod would be mounted. and that seems dumb.

so now i'm thinking about running subway tile around the room ... like a wainscot behind the sink and toilet, around the corner, under the window, and then up the wall to start the shower surround. and then use the slate tile on the floor.

here is a pic of sink/mirror we'll have, and the slate tile i already bought plan to am thinking about using:

IMG_0151 Rsz-tile

now, imagine this: put the slate tile on the floor, replace the circle tile behind the sink in the photo with 3"x6" subway tile, and paint the upper part of the wall a mocha brown color. and put a white quilted shower curtain on the shower. good? not good? subway tile + slate tile = totally not going together or = different and very visually pleasing? would biscuit tile be better than white? i like the idea of white opening up the room, but maybe it wouldn't be right with the slate ...

and is mocha brown paint with the mirror too much? would you ixnay the mirror and go with something frameless or framed with silver/brushed nickel to match the lights?

i would totally go a different direction if the basement wasn't one large room. the bathroom really needs to flow with everything else color-wise and style-wise, in my opinion. the basement walls are a sandy beige because it had to look good with the carpet we inherited from the previous owners. the couch is deep wine-ish red, the curtains are chocolate brown. marc's office is the one difference - it's a greyish blue. which, with everything else, is what makes the slate floor perfect.

ugh. i hate this. it's a room smaller than many people's closets. why can't i figure this out?!

what would you do?

eta: now that i'm looking at the sink and tile next to each other, what about using the 1x1 slate as the wainscot and shower surround, and one of the large 12x12 ceramic tiles pictured above with the slate as the floor? would that be too dark in a room that size? or would it make the space feel cozy and spa-like? especially if the walls were a light but warm color like the floor? the only light will be the one window and the two light fixtures by the mirror and possibly a vent in the ceiling with a light ... and i'm having a storage cubby added between the shower and the wall that will stop about 4.5' up and i'll have a small lamp on there as well. doing that would at least double my tile expense, but maybe it would look nice ... ? oy.

Comments

davinie

My hubby is king of tile and has tiled both of our bathrooms. I'm not familiar with some of the tile style names you said, but with our upstairs bathroom, we put a large tile on the floor... I *think* it was 16 inch. And then we put a smaller tile on the walls, again, I *think* it's 14 inch. The larger tile makes the bathroom look bigger. We went about the same height as that photo you have. And then we used a somewhat similar small tile, ours was more broken tiles than your small squares, and then topped it with more of the smaller tile. Hard to explain. I'll try and take a photo and show you. Send me an email.

davinie

My hubby is king of tile and has tiled both of our bathrooms. I'm not familiar with some of the tile style names you said, but with our upstairs bathroom, we put a large tile on the floor... I *think* it was 16 inch. And then we put a smaller tile on the walls, again, I *think* it's 14 inch. The larger tile makes the bathroom look bigger. We went about the same height as that photo you have. And then we used a somewhat similar small tile, ours was more broken tiles than your small squares, and then topped it with more of the smaller tile. Hard to explain. I'll try and take a photo and show you. Send me an email.

Anne Washington

Is the bathroom dark or filled with light? Any question I have is the slate really slippery when yet or is it treated? All slate I have experienced wet has been slippery.

Anne Washington

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april

i'm purposefully not reading the other comments so as not to taint my answer :)
okay, my first thought is: have you had anyone from the tile store come and look at your space? They have see so many tile jobs, they could probably make the best design decision.
Secondly, I love the idea of the little 1x1 tiles as wainscoating. Definitely use the big slate on the floor. You'll like not having a ton of grout to clean. I'm not sure about painting the walls dark brown...remember people need to be able to fix their hair and put on makeup and that will distort the color they see in the mirror. (I have a 1/2 bath that is dark on purpose, but I would never use it for make-up) Maybe use the same taupe from the other room and I would do an off-white curtain (unless your sink/toilet is white)
hope I've helped :)

Amanda

Hey there! I'm a newbie at SC and followed you here! Well.. I love home decorating.. but I am probably the worst decision maker ever! hee hee.. maybe that's why I liked reading about YOUR indecision. ;) I too have a small bathroom to do in our upcoming house that we are building.. powder room I guess they call it. They're tricky. One tip. Get a framed mirror.. they look so much better. Good luck with all of the decisions!

Heather

Ooh, I love dilemmas like this. Since I have 3 brown bathrooms (two that look awesome and one that's not as great), here's my 2 cents: I would think about using the biggest tiles on the floor (12x12 or bigger) as this will result in a smoother surface and fewer grout lines to get yucky and needing cleaning. Plus I would choose a grout that is the same color, if not a little darker to improve the continuity of color. You could then use the tiny slate tiles to create a band or border on the floor (either an outline of the room/hugging the walls OR an outline of where an area rug might go) I think a 2x2 border would look great.

Then you could use 6x6 tiles that match the floor in the shower surround and use the small slate tiles as an accent. As other ideas, those little slate tiles would be fantastic as a backsplash or maybe just for the shower floor. Don't do all these things together--just pick a few places to use them as an accent.

I did a brown framed mirror in my bathroom and it was too much with the brown tiles, brown walls and brown granite--sounds dumber now that I write it out. (However since I used superglue to stick the frame actually on the mirror, I'm a little stuck ha-ha.) I think you're right to consider the brushed nickel frame or something that accents the fixtures.

So there you go--can't wait to see how it all comes out! Good luck!

Rita Oliverio

No advice, but I love the pictures of the tiles!

Erin B

here's my two cents....we redid our master bath when we moved in...it too is a small space with just shower, sink, toilet and minimal space. We tiled the shower walls and halfway up the wall with the toilet and sink with 1x1 green glass tiles. I have 4x4 while tiles on the shower floor and 6x6 white tiles on the bathroom floor. I painted white and have a sleek glass shower door. We LOVE our bathroom.

I'm all for using small tiles on walls and I love those little slate tiles...I also adore subway tiles. I know someone who did subway tiles in white halfway up her walls, in shower and around her sink and chocolate brown paint on the walls. She has silver mirrors and fixtures. It's gorgeous. Bigger tiles on the floor is my vote too.

Good luck and have fun!

Ally

Looks like many have said what I would about the size of the tiles. When I tiled my home, I learned that the larger the tile, the more expansive the space will feel. So, since it is a tiny room, you actually want to go with the larger tile or slate for the floor.

I'm a very visual person, so I had a challenge following all the choices, but another thing that struck me was the idea of a dark color for the paint. Again, since it is a tiny space, I'd go lighter versus darker. I like the mirror though.


Ann-Marie

I am not much help..these suggestions sound good..love that slate tile..I like that mirror..keep it.
Be sure to post the finished product and watch my blog for my master bedroom makeover.:)

Shelly

My only thoughts are about the mocha paint. I think you need some contrast especially with that beautiful sink and mirror, you want those to pop. So I'd make sure that the paint is a few shades lighter.

I didn't think about this, not having tile, but I think the thought of having larger floor tiles makes sense.

Mostly though...You can do this! You're awesome at this. Take a few deep breaths, you'll get it.

Jen Z

Ok, first question: can you send me a ton of those little tiles for my bathroom?

No, no, ok, I understand if you can't. But definitely use them on the lower walls.

Anyway, totally agree with advice above about large tiles on the floor. Our old bathroom floor (soon to be gutted - hallelujah!)has tiny tiles and oh god, cleaning is really a big old pain in the butt, whereas occasionally scrubbing the grout around 16X24" tiles on the kitchen floor is no biggie.

Small space, esp in a basement: choose lighter colours to make it look bigger. I love that mirror and sink... but I do think maybe your idea to go for a brushed steel to match hardware/lighting would work really well if your walls are anything other than very light. Does that little cabinet have a knob? Make it match that, too, to draw it all together a bit more.

Not a big fan of subway tiles, myself; I also think they'd be all wrong with those little slate tiles, anyway. But I love those, so you have to use them. :-)

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