In between my girls’ bedroom and their craft room (that reveal coming next week!) is a shared bathroom separated by sliding pocket doors. When we were designing this house, they were so little and not ready to bathe on their own. But we planned ahead for their future ages knowing they’d be much more independent by the time we moved in. Here’s a reminder of the design plans and see below for a look back at our progress on this room…
When planning the girls’ bathroom, we designed it for long-term use as they go from kids to teens while still making the bathroom unique for them. This glass tile really laid the foundation for the mix of vintage and glam inspiration. The room is feminine and warm, but also sparkles with texture and pops of color! Most of our house has brass accents, but this room stands on it’s own with rose gold/copper fixtures instead.
When you see the rest of our house soon, you’ll see how we incorporated terrazzo tile throughout. It’s been a material I have always loved. And, while it’s recently had a resurgence in popularity, it’s also so classic and durable over time (you’ll often see terrazzo floors in schools and airports!). We worked with Concrete Collaborative to create this custom color based off one of their stock colors and brought in shades of pink, rust, and grey to add texture and warmth to this bathroom.
As we prepped for kids who were getting older and more independent, it was important to make items in the bathroom easy to reach and easy to put back so they could learn to fully bathe and shower without our help. I love the fun pops of color from these coat hooks which hold their bath towels located right near the shower/tub. Having them in varying sizes, heights, and positions adds a playful touch! Coco’s hook is lower than Ruby’s since she’s smaller and younger. I also love the addition of the simple towel bar for their hand towels and to access and use when simply washing hands.
The tub/shower sits at the end of this rectangular space by a nice, big window. My kids mostly shower now at their age but still enjoy a bubble bath every so often. I love how the small bathtub feels very seamless and integrated and serves as a fun focal point in the room. When the sun shines through, the colors on the shower curtain really glow, too. We used the same glass tile here as in the rest of the bathroom and added contrast peachy color in the soap niche for another fun surprise.
Things to consider for a kids’ bathroom?
Working on kids’ spaces has taught me to think about them as long-term and trying to future proof as much as possible. If you’re planning to update or redesign your own kids’ bathroom, that’s one thing I would keep in mind upfront. Just because it’s a kids’ bathroom doesn’t mean it can’t feel special or use nice materials. Think about what will last over time to make the cost of updates and renovations most worth it!
Is there anything I would do differently?
My kids are constantly bickering when they are sharing the sink. Especially when brushing teeth, we’ll often hear them yelling…”Gross! She spit toothpaste on my arm!” Most “Jack and Jill” bathrooms do have two sinks, but this bathroom didn’t have the space for it. Plus, I personally think kids need to learn to share so there was no reason to push for it in an already small bathroom. So while that’s one area that could make things easier in the future (especially when they are older and require more space and time in the bathroom), I am happy with how it’s all working out. Plus, the lower cabinets were designed with lots of drawers to hold their (future) stuff so they’ll each have a side of their own for storage then.
If you have any other comments or questions, let me know!
Reveal photos: Bethany Nauert
Progress photos (shown in slideshow): Lily Glass
Design: Joy Cho with Cleo Murnane of Project M Plus
Styling: Cleo Murnane of Project M Plus
Architecture: Project M Plus
Construction: Boswell Construction
All furniture and materials sources noted within captions below photos. *Indicates an item that was designer discounted or gifted to us in exchange for coverage on Oh Joy. All opinions are my own. Please leave a comment if we missed anything you would like to know the source of!