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Bathroom Makeover: Sleek Shades of Gray

A dated Southern guest bath goes from sullen to stunning

Sometimes a bathroom is so wrong that you have to rip the whole thing out to even have a chance at making it right. And that’s precisely what Olive & Tate blogger Stephanie did to make the weird little bathroom in her South Carolina abode worthy of guests—and its primary user, her baby son.

The entire home required a full-on renovation, but the guest bath needed a lot of TLC. Aside from dated finishes, the space suffered from bizarre angles and an illogical layout. Moving the home’s water heater, reshaping the hallway and stealing some space from the guest-room closet fixed the footprint and gave the bath some breathing room.

The end result is almost unrecognizable. The dim, dated bathroom with the strange, tight layout is now open and airy with room to grow—a must for a kid’s space. Careful minimalism tilts the transitional design toward modern, but also forces you to appreciate the bath’s well-thought surfaces. In the bath stall, white Moroccan-inspired arabesque tile provides elegant curves; matching white grout keeps the whimsy in check. On the floor, variegated gray ceramic tile in a running bond pattern reads coolly geometric. Icy silver walls, Cararra marble on the vanity, an ashy wood mirror and a Delta center-set Dryden faucet in stainless steel layer on the grays so the color scheme never feels flat. Organic elements like fresh flowers, blue-striped linens, and some cheeky antlers above the commode keep the look from swinging too cold and industrial.

Ready to gasp at the before and after photos? Head to Stephanie’s blog for the full renovation gallery.