Modern Half Bath Plans

Jan, 07, 2019

We’re kicking off 2019 with another room makeover and I’m pretty excited about it. Even though it’s a small room, I’m using it to stretch my creative boundaries a bit and try something different. So today I’m going to share with you my Modern Half Bath Plans.

Our half bath on our main level gets used daily and ever since we replaced all our flooring, it’s been sitting there unfinished. Eloise probably uses it the most, but with no sink currently, it’s becoming a bit of an annoyance and I can’t take it any longer.


My in-laws decided on this interesting tile pattern and my FIL put it in years ago. To say it needs an update is a huge understatement. Because it’s floor to ceiling tile and ripping it all out would be a major mess, we’re going to just tile right over the old stuff.

We waited on this room because I had no idea what I wanted for it and didn’t want to jump into something right away. So I just let it be and felt pretty indecisive for a while until I had a light bulb moment. I love the look of breaking up a bathroom with two different wall treatments like board and batten or just tile on the bottom and paint on top and vice versa. I don’t do a lot of dark walls in our house but one I did that I still love is Hawk’s room.

So I thought to myself – what if I recreated that in the half bath but with tile?? I was hooked and on board 150%. And to break it up I would still do a shelf which I knew would be possible since we did something similar above our bathtub.

Stylish and Functional Fixtures in a Modern Vintage Bathroom, brass fixtures, brass faucet, champagne bronze

I also wanted to try a different tile pattern and decided on skinnier rectangular tiles stacked vertically. In my head I loved it but I’m a very visual person and seeing it in a photo helps reassure me it really is what I want. So I searched and searched for green stacked tiles and finally came across this beauty that Fireclay tile shared from AND Design.

Green Tile Stacked Vertically in Bathroom

Boom. Obsessed. Although we’ll probably use larger sized tiles since the space is a decent size – but this definitely helped affirm that this is the route I want to go.

Then of course I had to create a mood board to again help me visualize it all and this is what I came up with.


Mood Board for a Modern Half Bath

So the white will be on the bottom and the green will be on top with the wooden shelf breaking it up in the middle. I may go solid white on the bottom or I was thinking of possibly marble too.

I still have some decisions to make on specific pieces but this is my overall vision. Finding affordable dark green tile in the size I want is proving to be quite tricky. The ones from Fireclay are gorgeous but they are just a smidge outside my price range 😉 So I’m still on the hunt!

I went to our local tile shop the other day and brought some samples home and there is one that I love that is 3×12 and a little more darker grey with a hint of green that could be the winner. It’s the one on the very top.

I also have to decide if I want to do the half and half tile on all 4 walls or if I want to just keep it to this main wall and then do solid white or solid green on the rest. I’ll probably do a poll in my insta stories and see what you all have to say after seeing the space! Feel free to leave your comments here too!

For the vanity – I shared on instagram this beautiful vintage cabinet I scored on facebook marketplace that I already sanded down. I’m going to stain it and add new hardware and then we’ll have our plumber come over and help install the sink and hook all the pipes back up.

Vintage Vanity for Bathroom

I’m excited that I finally figured out what I want to do in here and can’t wait to find some tile I love so we can get started. Hopefully it’s soon so we can get a sink back! Luckily the laundry room is right down the hall so we’e been using that for now.

What projects are you kicking the new year off with??



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    Roy TerrY

    January 15, 2019

    Lovely and really amazing ideas. I will also suggest one of my colleague who was looking for this kind of ideas. The beautiful plan can’t wait to see the final picture. Thanks for the great share!

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    Sue crim

    January 14, 2019

    Love your ideas! We too often resort to wallpaper to give half baths some bling but a tiled accent wall is an idea I’ll keep in mind. I’ve been looking for pendant lights bright enough for bathroom lighting. Would you mind sharing your source? Anxious to see the finished project!

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      January 14, 2019

      Thank you! I’m excited to get it started! Rejuvenation and School House electric both have great lighting!

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    Janis Daugherty

    January 13, 2019

    Looking forward to the finished product ???? love the green!

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    January 11, 2019

    Beautiful plans! I cannot wait to see the final product! May I ask what program you use for your mood board? Or do you have recommendations for free mood board programs?
    Much appreciated

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      January 14, 2019

      Thank you Mari! I use Photoshop 🙂

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    January 10, 2019

    Can’t wait to see what you decide! I’m sure it will be stunning!!

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      January 14, 2019

      Thank you Karen!! Can’t wait to get it all started!

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    January 8, 2019

    Green is lovely but trendy, go with a classic and you’ll love it for years to come!! Use trendy colors for paint and easily changed surfaces ????

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    January 7, 2019

    Looking at the before, I would personally do white on left and right and green on ceiling and window wall. If I could do whatever I wanted. And yes to marble with green, I like!

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      January 14, 2019

      That could be cool!

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    January 7, 2019

    Love everything except the idea of the white tile below. I think it robs the green tile above that deserves the spotlight. And feel marble would do the same. Wondering if a solid white quartz or similar material is possible if drywall/paint or painted wood would be impractical over existing tile. Or tear out just that tile and resurface how you want.

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    January 7, 2019

    Beautiful design!!! Love the idea of carrying the split tile look around the entire space. I think it will keep it from feeling choppy and visually expand your space. Can’t wait to see this!!!

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      January 14, 2019

      Thank you Meghan! I think I’m going to do the half and half all the way around!

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    January 7, 2019

    I also love this bathroom and I am trying to recreate it without spending over $40/Sq ft on that tile. Cle tile has some rectangular tiles in a couple different shades of green and they’re more in the $20/Sq ft price range and then we are almost considering going hexagon which is even less. Just a heads u that Cle has a few good greens 🙂

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      January 14, 2019

      Yes I looked at Cle tile too! So beautiful but still a little pricey for what I want to spend on this bath. Love hexagons too though!

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    January 7, 2019

    I love what you’re planning! I didn’t know you could tile in tile. Pretty cool. Also we live in my in laws house too so that made me chuckle. Hopefully in the next few weeks we’ll have our refi done and I can finally do the BIG RENOVATION I’ve been planning. It’s a 70s rancher with original shag carpet in all the bedrooms. Ugh ???? 45 year old carpet is grossing me out. Anywho good luck and I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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      January 14, 2019

      haha I feel your pain! And yes, I’ll be explaining how you can do tile over tile more!

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