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:
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.