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A Small Bath Remodel becomes A Stunning Coastal Powder Room

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Transform Your Small Bath Remodel into a Coastal Powder Room

Successfully completing a small bath remodel is rewarding. With that in mind, we’ll share a striking coastal powder room that our design clients rave about.

Even better, if you are planning a DIY home improvement you’ll want to read our weekly articles with tips and ideas for your next project.

Now join us for a quick tour of a stunning small bath remodel filled with coastal ambiance. Using six small bathroom remodel ideas, the Mod Daily team walks you through the design challenges and solutions. (Read our related article: Home Decorating | The Ultimate Guide to Get the Results You Want)

Here’s how we did it.

Coastal Powder Room Increases Home’s Value

Design and product choices work together to create a coastal powder room that enhances the home’s ambiance and increases its value. As a result, the renovations were so successful, our clients now call their home a staycation!

Small Bath Remodel Requires Decorating Planning

A designer begins each project with a client’s wish list. Naturally, the list is often long and includes a handful of challenges. But in truth, designers are trained to solve the myriad of challenges remodeling a home represents. (Read our related article: DIY Decorating Planning | How to Organize a Useful Project Planner)

Before and after of small bath remodel becomes a stunning coastal powder room. Completed project includes blue grasscloth white vanity and brass fittings.
Left: An example of a Sketchup rendering. Right: This image shows the powder room before the home improvement was started.

Home Remodeling is the Shortcut to Your Future Lifestyle

Each new home remodeling project is an opportunity for a fresh start. Generally speaking, home improvements can be the shortcut to your future lifestyle. So, if you would like to transform your bath into a stylish coastal powder room continue reading.

Small Bath Remodel Idea #1: Direct Powder Room Traffic Away from Common Areas

Challenge: Having a kitchen that is a breezeway into the powder room leaves no privacy at all. By redirecting traffic flow, the home remodeling project will help improve privacy.

Solution: Because the bathroom door was visible from the kitchen, we converted a portion of the hallway into a large kitchen pantry. Next, we added a new wall and coastal bathroom décor for a California vibe.

Rather than recommending a coat of paint, we suggested using textured wallcovering on the hall walls leading to the coastal powder bathroom. With this welcome change the It’s just so welcoming and Zen. What a difference!

Before and after photos of walkway leading into small bath remodel. Space is converted into a pretty hall with grasscloth to enter the Coastal Powder Room.
Before and after photos of the newly renovated hall that leads to the small bath remodel.

Small Bath Remodel Idea #3: Bathroom Vanity with Sink Designed for the New Door Swing

Challenge: The existing oversized vanity isn’t designed to accommodate the new door swing.

Solution: Design a wall-mounted vanity with sink that allows for the new door swing.

Granted, the vanity is much smaller than it was previously. However, during the project planning, we confirmed that our clients did not use the storage.

Bathroom Vanity with Sink Designed for the New Door Swing
Our white coastal power room vanity includes a bronze vessel sink, blue stone tile and faux grasscloth wallcovering.  Removing the heavily grouted floor tile and wainscotting helps to improve the overall aesthetic.

Small Bath Remodel Idea #4 for a Modern Coastal Bathroom

Challenge: The toilet and a small window are disappointing focal points.

Solution: We used a floor-to-ceiling feature that was striking enough to draw attention away from the toilet and window.

Textured Tile Evokes the Feeling of Sun-Kissed Surf

A uniquely textured tile evokes the feeling of sun-kissed surf and transforms a dated space into a modern coastal bathroom.

The rawness of the tile was contrasted with the refinement of the polished vessel sink, faucet, and sconces. As a result, this curated collection completes the now stunning coastal powder room.

Design Tip: Consider adding a trim piece along the edge of thick tiles like the one shown here. You can buy matching trim from the tile manufacturer or use Schluter®-Profiles.

Unique Coastal Décor Elements for a Small Bath Remodel

We chose a golden bronze vessel sink that mimics the horizontal lines of the wall tile. Interestingly enough, the sink has been handcrafted using sand casting methods.

The gleaming finish also reflects light into the room and harmonizes with the lacquered burnished brass finish on the lavatory faucet and the antique-burnished brass finish on the light sconces.

Why We Recommended a Wall Mounted Faucet

Choosing a wall mounted faucet requires careful plumbing consideration. Working with your plumber or general contractor to ensure this is possible is highly recommended.

As you can see in the project photographs, the vanity dimensions are specific to the door swing and the scale of the vessel sink. As a result of installing a wall-mounted faucet, we were able to keep the vanity dimensions to a minimum, allowing us to install a larger and functional piece of art (aka sink).

California Coastal Aesthetic and a Beautiful Small Bath Remodel

The collection of products, including the gorgeous, blue-hued Oceano quartzite vanity top, has helped create a cohesive California aesthetic.

A slab of quartzite called Oceano because it resembles ocean waves. It is being installed in a Small Bath Remodel Stunning Coastal Powder Room
We replaced the outdated granite with a beautiful quartzite aptly named Oceano.

Small Bath Remodel Idea #5: Wall Sconces Are So Much More Than Light Fixtures

Challenge: Find damp rated wall sconces narrow enough to flank the vanity mirror and include a complementary finish.

Finding the perfect wall sconce with the ideal dimensions, finish, and rating for use in a damp setting was time-consuming. On top of the long list of requirements, our clients craved fixtures with alabaster stone.

Our team managed to locate the ideal pair of sconces. These jewel-like wall sconces met every requirement, and they are beautiful. The Covet Short Clip, designed by Kelly Wearstler, is a perfect example of art and function merging seamlessly.

A pair of sparkling light sconces installed in a coastal powder room are part of a small bath remodel
These jewel-like wall sconces are designed by Kelly Wearstler and are a perfect example of art and function merging seamlessly.

Small Bath Remodel Idea #6: Walls & Flooring Finishes Small Coastal Powder Room

Challenge: Select wall coverings and flooring to lend to a quintessential California coastal aesthetic.

Solution: We removed the outdated wainscotting, baseboards, and tile flooring. Moving on, the common areas now feature flooring with a rich, dark hue. Furthermore, we maintained continuity throughout the entire first floor by installing it in the hall and powder room. Ultimately, the hand-scraped WPC flooring offers durability that is ideal for bathrooms.

Next, we selected a vinyl grasscloth wallcovering in a shade of blue that works well with the wall tile. Not only does it compliment the trim, it also lends a sense of continuity throughout the space. Additionally, this particular baseboard brings the structural elements together. And the finishing touches that are imbued with coastal décor, include framed art painted by the homeowner.

One-of-kind finishing touches infuse your home with your style making it a true reflection of your personality.

A Small Bath Remodel becomes A Stunning Coastal Powder Room

We hope you have enjoyed our tour of this small bath remodel and come away with an idea or two to use in your own space. Why not infuse your home with any of the six timeless coastal powder room ideas above and make your life more enjoyable.

Like what you see? Feel free to comment and share your tips and experiences with home improvement project below!

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Question: What is a vessel sink?

Answer: A vessel sink sits on top of the vanity, unlike the more common under-mount sinks installed under the counter.

Question: Door swing. What is the swing of a door?

Answer: It’s the way the door swings when opened, also known as the handing.

Question: What does damp rated mean?

Answer: You may only use lighting fixtures, and fans marked “Suitable for Damp Locations” or “Suitable for Wet Locations” in damp areas. Consult with your general contractor or electrician, and meet all building code requirements. Read more at Lumens.

Question: What is WPC flooring? 

Answer: The wood composite flooring, alternatively known as WPC flooring, is a type of vinyl plank or vinyl tile flooring. It is made with a rigid core made of recycled wood pulp, plastic, or polymer composites that are expanded with air.

Question: Bathroom Safety | What does push to enter door mean?

Answer: Push to Enter doors are hinged and have a lock on the inside, so you are not able to become trapped inside a bathroom.

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Gigi Day
Gigi Dayhttps://themoddaily.com/
Gigi Day is a designer and writer. Her blog, The Mod Daily, is full of life-enhancing home décor, lifestyle tips, and advice to optimize life at home.

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