Why This Room Works: Builder Grade Bathroom Transformation

I chose this week's "Why This Room Works" because a lot of us live with bland and beige builder grade bathrooms, and I wanted to show you how you could transform yours into a stylish space without a major reno or gut job.  

This bathroom was amped up by Gwen Hefner from The Makerista. You can see more images and a video of this bathroom transformation over at Gwen's blog here


Not hideous, but just your typical, bland bathroom.


Holla! Total transformation, right?

So, let's chat about this awesome transformation.


As always, we'll start with color. Choosing a color scheme and sticking to it helps make a space feel cohesive. Here you've got blues, whites, and hints of black. The blues in this small space really make a statement. I think it's interesting how Gwen painted the door and the trim the same color as the wall. I don't know if I would have thought about that, but I like it. 

The royal blue of the vanity totally transforms this builder grade piece and really makes the space pop. 

And the black and white floor gives this room a classic, timeless feel. 


The other element besides color that I always like to talk about is contrast. The royal blue vanity, white counter top, and black and white floor add some great and colorful contrast against the paler blue walls. Also, the plant on the vanity gives another little punch of color and contrast.


The details make this space. Did you notice that Gwen swapped out the hardware on the vanity? That is a quick and easy diy that you can do to any number of places in your home such as dressers and cabinet doors. 

The art makes a statement and is a simple diy that Gwen shares on her blog. You can find it here.

She also added a toilet paper holder that matches the hardware on the vanity. 

She put some bathroom essentials in pretty jars on the counter top, and added a couple of color coordinating accessories on top of the toilet. I'm a huge fan of taking every day items and finding a pretty way to display them for ease and practicality purposes. 

We already mentioned the plant, but I think it's worth mentioning again. Plants immediately add life to a space.

And last, but definitely not least is the decorative mirror that Gwen attached to the big builder grade mirror with command strips. I love that! You often see these beautiful mirrors above the sink in people's bathrooms, but removing and replacing a huge wall mirror may not be in your time or budget. Enter this quick, easy, and stylish fix. 

What do you love about this space? Does it give you some ideas for what you can do in your home?