Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
We are finally down to tile, trim, faucet selections for our Guest house renovations. To make sure the project is a good real estate investment we can’t go over the planned budget, so the challenge has been how to create Luke’s desired Great Gatsby/Art Deco luxury vibe using basic building materials. Here are some of the things I did to make it look more expensive and create character without going over budget.
To start off here is the DESIGN PLAN:
CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR SCHEME
Creating a luxurious color scheme doesn’t cost anything so I always start with that as the right colors are key. We painted the walls a bold bright gold, Hollywood Gold by Benjamin Moore, to add some 1920’s vibe. Instead of going with basic white for the trim, casing and moldings we painted them black (Onyx by Benjamin Moore) and bought black windows. I like the contrasts and it gives it a richer look.
The rest of the bathroom is all neutrals white/grey/beige/black with gold metal accents.
ADD LOTS OF MATTE GOLD ACCENTS
To add a luxurious feel and 1920’s I used a lot of gold accents. The ceiling light fixture and the sconces are all inexpensive basics but all in the matte gold.
The faucets are modern and masculine in a champagne finish by Delta.
Here is the MOOD BOARD for that:
USE BASIC TILES IN UNUSUAL PATTERNS
I used plain matte white subway tile from Home Depot but installed it in a pretty pattern with a row of black on top and bottom. The intricate pattern makes it look expensive.
The shower floor has a basic black pebble which gives it a more masculine twist.
I fell in love with this look below for the bathroom floor but it all the small tiles and some marble would put us over budget so I looked for these three colors in something with a similar pattern.
I found these matte chevron tiles from Home Depot and figured if I laid them in double rows we can accomplish a similar look.
We tried it the way tjat seem to be the best way from inside the room…
…but laying it the other way it gave it a better visual. The bathroom and closet is one of the first thing you see when you enter the upstairs.
Javier’s team was here and had some trouble installing it, but it was worth it in the end.
This was a Thanksgiving puzzle!
I like the neutrals with all the gold.
Today the custom cabinet came in.
I kept the design simple and modern and will let the hardware add the extra touch.
REUSE EXISTING OR OLD DOORS
You enter the bathroom via a walk in closet. The closet walls are dark green and will have grey built ins to match the grey tile in the bathroom.
We widened the opening from the living room in to the closet so I could reuse the pretty old wine cellar doors I kept from when we removed the wine cellar when we renovated the main house. It cost a little more to fit it but when this get painted and some black trim it adds invaluable character and I love adding something that is original to the house.
Check back in a few days I’ll share some more renovation and design updates.
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