After we nailed down our kitchen design, we moved right on to the master bathroom. We had several tile choices to make in the master. Time for some master bath inspiration!
All of the bathrooms in our past homes were builder basic and beige, beige, and more beige. The one exception was the bathroom we DIYed from scratch in our last house. That bathroom with white walls, a white subway tile shower, and blue-gray vanity was a huge inspiration for our new master bathroom.
It’s exciting to finally make our own finish choices for a master bathroom. We wanted to recreate the light and bright feeling from our windowless DIY bathroom in our new master bath, which is also windowless.
Below are the main design elements we want to include in the master bath. To see all of our bathroom design ideas, check out my Modern Master Bathroom Ideas board on Pinterest.
Fun tile is at the top of my list for the master bathroom. I love patterned cement tiles and all the patterned porcelain and ceramic tiles inspired by cement tiles.
In our last three houses, we had boring beige tiles in the bathrooms. This is my first chance to choose a tile we love.
While I love the look of colorful cement tiles, I didn’t want to choose a dark floor for our master bathroom. The room is windowless and only gets natural light from the doorway. I wanted to stick with a light floor that will reflect light.
I found I’m drawn to white/gray geometric designs.
Spoiler: We chose a floor tile that’s almost identical to one of these pictures. Can you guess which one? Hint: It’s the tile pinned most often on my bathroom ideas board.
We have long-dreamed of a spacious walk-in master shower and NO bathtub. We’ve had the jetted tub and the garden tub and we pretty much only used them to bathe our kids. In this house, the kids bathroom will have a bathtub and ours will not.
The walk-in shower dream came true instantly when we found our builder—their standard bathroom features a large walk-in shower in lieu of a tub/shower combo (which is an upgrade).
The next thing on the shower wish list was double shower heads. We have an adjustable hand-held shower head in our apartment bathroom and the boys love it because they can adjust it to their height. So, I think we’ll go with a standard shower head plus a handheld.
The other two tile choices we had to make were in the shower—the wall tile and the floor tile.
I knew for budget reasons, I wanted to see if we could make the builder’s included tile work for the shower walls (and spend the big bucks on the main floor tile instead). The included tile is either 6”x6” white or gray ceramic tiles. I know that doesn’t sound very inspiring, but you have to see these inspiration pictures.
These are all basic square tiles installed in offset patterns. Totally makes the boring square tiles look amazing. These pictures made me want the builder basic tiles.
White, White, and More White
Once we decided on white cabinets for the kitchen, I knew we’d continue the white in the bathrooms. I love how clean and bright an all-white bathroom looks.
To finish off the bathroom, I want a pair of big round mirrors. We asked the builder to delete the mirror in the bathroom, so we could add our own.
I love round mirrors in a bathroom because there are so many other straight lines, it’s nice to add a different shape.
I want the mirrors to be framed in walnut. I’m telling you, this house is going to have a touch of wood in every room—it’s the midcentury way!
I like this mirror from Ikea. It’s super affordable and a great size. Does anyone have this mirror in a bathroom? How’s it holding up?
Midcentury Modern Vanity Lights
We love all the lighting choices Fox Homes makes with their midcentury renovations.
After following FoxHomesMN on Instagram, we realized their favorite source for lighting is Dutton Brown. So, I started following them on Instagram too. Their lights are available in a rainbow of colors.
I think it’s safe to say, Dutton Brown lights will be popping up a few places around our house. (We’re actually planning to visit their Minneapolis showroom when we visit Minnesota this month. I cannot wait. They’re walking distance from the AirBnB we rented.)
I’ll be back soon to share our actual master bathroom finish selections and a 3D tour of the bathroom layout.
We purchased the round IKEA mirror for a bathroom renovation after seeing that same post from Thrifty Decor Chick. It is HUGE! It ended up being too big for the space, so we returned it, but it looked really nice in person. We ended up with a different mirror from Target that looks like it’s made from a wine barrel and worked better size-wise.
Thanks, Jenelle. I will definitely have to verify the measurements to make sure they’ll fit centered over the sinks.