With its last update in the 80s, this 1960s home figuratively yearned for its next remodel. The bathroom was very confining: a door and a wall separated the tub/shower/toilet room from the vanity room, making both spaces feel dark and cramped. The homeowners needed an airy space designed for two, including fun colors, while also feeling soothing and tranquil. They also wanted an open shower and additional storage for a clothing hamper and linens.

As a matter of practicality, we removed the wall between the tub room and the vanity room. New, more contemporary windows that open fully for fresh air, a transom at the top of the shower wall, and open entry into the shower, all allow light and air back in, bringing a truly airy feel to the room. Window film applied to the new black casement windows added privacy. We increased the size of the vanity, added a new linen cabinet, and a cabinet above the toilet, allowing for more storage space. A new pocket door extends the newly spacious feel.

Vertical Sapele veneer was used to build the custom cabinetry, which incorporated flat slab doors and finger pulls for a more contemporary feel. The dark warm stain of the cabinets contrasts nicely with the blue walls, creating interest for the eye without taking away from the soothing feel of the space.

For a more continuous, seamless look, we used large format tile in a bamboo-look gray style throughout the bathroom which also provided a light, warm backdrop to the rest of the materials. To add more visual interest and color, the backsplash and shower storage niche incorporates blue and green recycled glass mosaic tiles. Painted in bright teal, the pocket door picks up these water-tones to coordinate with the glass tile. For interior privacy, we installed a film patterned as falling rain.