The only thing Chase and Lauren Daniel knew they wanted in their master bath was color.
The couple was almost finished with a total overhaul of their 1960s three-bed, two-bath house in Austin, Texas, and the main bathroom was the only room left undone. They had designed the rest of the house to feel “modern, warm, and inviting,” and the two creative types ended up with a palette of mostly white. Chase—a photographer and designer—and Lauren—marketing manager at eco-friendly clothing company Raven + Lily—knew the bathroom was their last chance to play with color and pattern, and the pair went all-in.
Photography by and courtesy of Chase Daniel.
Above: Chase and Lauren chose Fireclay Tile‘s new six-inch triangles in Frost, Salton Sea, and Rosemary. The tile is handmade in California using 70 percent recycled materials; $35 per square foot at Fireclay.
Above: There is no master bath, so this bathroom serves all three of the house’s bedrooms. “It needed extensive work,” says Chase, “so we took our time with the design and made sure all the elements worked together.”
Above: The Daniels removed the existing built-in tub and replaced it with a smaller clawfoot tub for added style and space.
Above: They sourced a floating vanity and mirrors from Ikea and paired them with a brass towel bar from CB2 and wall sconce from One Forty Three.
Above: Chase and Lauren decided to randomize the tiles to avoid a too-tidy look. To them, the rich green tiles fit well with the rest of their home’s design. “The bathroom certainly has more color than the rest of the house,” says Chase, “but the muted tones add the perfect touch.”
Above: The couple’s shower fixtures are from Rejuvenation.
Above: Chase found the clawfoot tub at a salvage yard, and the wood stool at an antique mall; he refinished both himself.
Above: The couple chose the dark green tile, Rosemary, to serve as a wainscot at the entrance of the bathroom and behind the toilet. “We wanted the tri-colored walls to read as accents, so we chose the richest color of the three to serve as a high-contrast wainscot against the white walls.”
Above: Lauren and Chase wanted color in their new bathroom, but a different color than the existing peachy pink.
Frequently asked questions
What was the old bathroom like?
The old bathroom had plain white ceramic tiles and a white bathtub. It was functional but lacked personality.
What changes were made to the bathroom?
The bathroom now has green tiles on the walls and floor, a black vanity with gold hardware, a new bathtub, and updated lighting fixtures.
What inspired the green color scheme?
The homeowner wanted to create a calming, spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom, and green is a soothing color that brings the outdoors in.
Why was black chosen for the vanity?
The black vanity provides a striking contrast against the green tiles and adds a touch of sophistication to the space.
How long did the bathroom renovation take?
The renovation took three months from start to finish, which included demo, plumbing and electrical updates, tiling, and installation of fixtures.
How much did the bathroom renovation cost?
The cost of the renovation was not disclosed, but the homeowner notes that it was a significant investment.
What advice would the homeowner give to someone considering a bathroom renovation?
The homeowner suggests taking time to plan out the design and find inspiration before starting the renovation. It's also important to work with a trusted contractor and allocate a sufficient budget for the project.