Project Description

The challenge for many homeowners contemplating a makeover for their hall bathroom is how to update the space and make it feel relevant aesthetically while holding costs down, since most of the time this bathroom is used by kids (a.k.a. Destruct-O-Bots). In this scenario, we encourage the use of bolder colors (for folks who like that sort of thing) used in ways that both appeal to the youngsters using this bathroom and don’t offend adult guests who may also use this space.

In this particular Northwest Austin hall bathroom, we selected modernized, larger format subway tiles in glossy white for most of the bathtub/shower surround, with a random mix of teal blue, tangerine orange, and ambiguously gray accents. Coordinating with these colors is easy in the future…towels or accessories in any saturated color (turquoise, navy, lemon yellow, hot pink, luscious purple) will feel right at home here, since the rest of the bathroom is as bright white as your favorite Instagram influencer’s whitened teeth.

Modern kids' bathroom featuring elongated subway tiles in teal blue, tangerine orange, gray and white, with a white lacquer bathroom vanity and porcelain sink/countertop.

Modern kid's bathroom tub & shower surround design, featuring teal, bright orange, gray and white elongated subway tiles.

Modern tub surround tile design featuring teal, orange, white, and gray elongated subway tiles.

Modern tub surround in hall bathroom, featuring elongated subway tiles in teal blue, tangerine orange, gray and white elongated subway tile.

To that end, we’ve incorporated a budget-friendly white lacquer bathroom vanity cabinet that came with a porcelain countertop and integrated scoop sink, and kept things simple for young hands with a sleek, modern single-hole bathroom sink faucet in brushed nickel. In fact, all of the elements in this collection of plumbing fixtures—from the handheld shower head to the tub spout—feature contemporary lines without a lot of frou-frou.

White lacquer bathroom vanity cabinet with porcelain countertop and integrated sink. White framed mirror, contemporary bathroom vanity light fixture.

Modern handheld showerhead in brushed nickel, surrounded by elongated subway tiles in teal blue, white, and gray.

Modern handheld shower head, surrounded by mostly white elongated subway tiles, with random accents of teal blue, bright orange, and taupe-gray.

Contemporary tub spout and tub/shower controls in brushed nickel, surrounded by modern, elongated subway tiles in teal blue, bright orange, and white.

For the bathroom vanity light fixture, we chose a piece with simplified forms as well—just three bulbs-within-bulbs. A white framed mirror that came with the vanity cabinet completes the look.

Contemporary 3-light bathroom vanity fixture, featuring clear round globes and rectangular mounting base.

Photos by Claire Barrett Patrick.