Bathroom Update & Tile Options


Alright!! Things are happening on our renovation front. OK, we've picked most of our tile. Ugh how slowly renovations move forward. It feels like months have gone by and nothing has happened. Of course, I am looking for the big 'design' moves while a lot of the essentials have been in the works - electrical, rough plumbing, TV hook ups, etc. It's been a beat since I shared an update on our home renovations, so I thought I'd give an update on the tile we picked for our bathroom renovations (if you missed my other updates, check them out here). I'll start with our original bathroom...the one and only for the year we lived in the house.

Upstairs Hall Bath

You may have heard me mention this a few times...but when we bought our house, this was our only bathroom - the hall bath - on the second floor.

bathroom before

We didn't plan on updating this.  After sharing the bathroom for a year, we decided it was just fine. Retro bathrooms are coming back, right?? But rotted support beams had a different thing in mind. Looking at it now, I am SO glad we are giving the bathroom an update (even if I did love the retro tile look!). The floor tile was cracked and a radiator had been removed leaving the floor with two holes we needed to repair regardless.

Since the bathroom is reminiscent of my NY apartment's bathroom where the sink and toilet were too close for comfort...the demo means we got to rework the layout a bit. We are removing the pedestal sink and doing a built-in cabinet, and the toilet will move into our old linen closet.

The tile selections for this bathroom are classic at best and budget friendly in reality.

For the shower walls, we are going with a white subway tile.


And for the floor, somewhere between a classic white hex and porcelain marble herringbone. We'll plan to bring the color to the bathroom with the painted cabinet.

What I would LOVE to do in this bathroom is ...patterned porcelain tile on the floor, but this one is our of our price range. It's so pretty though!!

Master Bath

I'm super excited about this next tile. It's porcelain with gray veining so it looks very close to marble except without the upkeep!

This will be on the floors and the walls and then in the shower, we are planning to do a marble hex. I've tried a TON of options here from budget friendly to expensive. Can you tell which is which in the below?!

Guest Bath / Powder Room

I want this bathroom to be vintage inspired, so I'm leaning on picking a marble hex for the floor. It's not a super big space, so I think this could work! On the walls, we'll do subway tile.


As much as I'd love to make some bold tile choices. I'm sticking to keeping the more permanent design elements simple and classic so the accessories can be switched out when I want to update the look!