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Bathroom Renovation: Welcome To The Jungle (Video Slideshow)

Leopard Accented Bathroom Renovation by Luci Weston

As some of you know, one of my many hats is that of a decor consultant. I'd like to share with you the first bathroom renovation which started my tile obsession! What can I say? Some girls go crazy shopping for shoes, I love to help people shop for granite and marble...

This bathroom morphed from a cold, dated gray and white box into an inviting, current atmosphere hinting at old world charm. To achieve this natural look, we selected a creamy Jerusalem limestone for the floor and the tub surround (12 x 12 inch on the floor, 6 x 6 in. in the tub). To add interest and movement, the tub area tile was set horizontally on the lower half, then diagonally on the upper part.

The "stripes" in the tub - applied to separate the change in tile direction - were achieved with 1 x 1 Tile sample for leopard bath inch black mosaic marble tile; accented with quads (4 1 x 1's) of the mosaics. A handful of 2 x 2 inch Italian glass accent tile were randomly arranged on the floor to lend depth, color, and continuity with the black marble and the black vanity (not visible in final pictures, but see tile samples in picture on right).

The mushroom wall color reflected the deepest shades in the limestone. It was easy to add texture by using a carved wooden picture frame, natural window treatment (see reflection in mirror) and a basket-weave tissue box. The burgundy soap dispenser and pot pourri dish, along with a set of towels in a floor basket (not pictured) picked up a red undertone in the antiqued black vanity paint; this also gave a nice pop of unexpected color and warmth to the room.

To soften the hard angles of this bathroom, we used an oval shaped mirror which also mimics the sink shape. The final touch of the "jungle" shower curtain and towels, i.e. leopard print, pulled all the neutral colors together while adding whimsy and personality. The shape of the leopard print is similar to the abstract shapes in the Italian glass tile. 

If you have a bathroom that needs updating but don't know where to begin, then check out this quick slide-show for ideas and inspiration... Anything is possible! Sorry for the one blurry picture, but you can clearly see the dramatic before and after transformation.

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Luci Weston

Well thank you, Danielle! It's amazing who a few simple choices of color and texture can transform a bathroom.

Danielle

After our chat today, I sent straight to your blog :) good job!

Chris K

What a great job Luci!!! I'm remodeling my townhouse and starting with the family bath- great ideas!! I'll be sure to reverence your improvements!
Thanks- Chris

Luci Weston

@ps: You are right. The budget must be firm, and there has to be some room for adjustment when things go wrong or there is an unexpected complication (and there always is on projects!). It is also important double the time-frame expected from the outset... This usually occurs when an item is on backorder, or there are scheduling conflicts with the workmen.

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Bathroom renovation requires a lot of planning. It is not as easy at it seems. First, you must set your budget and try to stick with it the whole process.

Janine N

Wow Luci! What a transformation! Can't believe they are one and the same bathroom. Love the jungle print - really livens up the small space. I look forward to more of your decor projects. Thanks for sharing this project, I learned a lot just by seeing the before and after. The tile store can be overwhelming, this showed me a way to focus. I like how you added the elements of texture in an affordable way that anyone can do.

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