This post is by Kate Arends, a creative and marketing consultant and author of the design blog Wit & Delight. She is a member of the 2018 Delta Design Trust, along with fellow design authorities Noa Santos, Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman and Sabrina Soto. We thank Kate for sharing her design insights and expertise.
As a longtime lover of all things Delta, I am fortunate that the majority of the kitchen and bath fixtures in my home and studio are by them. So, when a Wit & Delight team member expressed she had been wanting to give her bathroom a refresh, I jumped at the opportunity. Bridget Borden, Shop W&D’s merchandising director, owns a town home in Minnesota with a basement bathroom in desperate need of an update.
When we first sat down to discuss the redesign, Bridget walked me through the current state of the bathroom and some of her hopes and wishes for the project. The “outdated, large-sized” bathroom wasn’t being properly utilized and needed major DIY loving. In addition, the room served as the only access to a back storage room.
Step one was to gut the space, removing the original flooring, shower, cabinets and fixtures, until we had a blank slate. Since the bathroom has no windows, we needed to be strategic about the color palette to keep the room as light and airy as possible without being bland. We opted for different gray tones—a nice way to incorporate a bit of color while keeping things light.
We replaced the original beige floor tile with a light gray that would align beautifully with the rest of the house. For the shower, we went with a 2-by-6-inch light gray subway tile for the walls and a herringbone pattern for the floor.
End result: a basement bathroom you never thought could be this dreamy!