A Murray Hill Bathroom Turns Over a New Leaf

Black tile + luxury fixtures = the perfect fit

Tiled window ledge for a white bahtroom window and indoor plant after renovation

Editor’s Note: You would think that keeping the existing footprint of your bathroom during a renovation wouldn’t result in much of a difference, but Pallavi and Keyur’s remodel proves that anything is possible. This post, which originally ran in mid-2015, reveals an absolutely stunning transformation from an outdated washroom coated in a thick layer of grime to a luxurious bath with clean lines, sleek tile, and high-end fixtures. Don’t believe us? Keep reading and see the change for yourself.

Project: Renovate a bathroom with a small footprint in Murray Hill in Manhattan

Before: Pallavi, a sustainability consultant, and Keyur, a software engineer, came to Sweeten after a few failed attempts at finding contractors through online directories for their Murray Hill apartment renovation. Initially, they planned to leave the bathroom in its original state, but as the project progressed, they decided to work with their Sweeten general contractor on a complete bathroom remodel to parallel the space-efficient, clean-lined haven they were creating elsewhere in their home.

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White bathroom with bathtub and shower curtain and white subway tiles and vanity mirror before renovation

After: Pallavi had a traditional black-and-white color palette in mind, playing on the bathroom’s original uniform tile and natural wood elements. She sourced and layered materials in different shapes and sizes and accented the geometric white and black contrast with warm wood features.

While all of the fixture footprints were kept in place, the contractor’s team ripped out the worn floor tiles—remnants of the building’s earliest residents—and replaced them with oversized black floor tiles. As an accent, small, square-shaped tiles now line the tub wall and shower niches and also found their way over to the window, creating a wraparound effect for the bath. To outfit the narrow space (so typical of so many NYC bathrooms), Pallavi opted for the Duravit Starck tub and Toto toilet. Both offered slender profiles and simple footprints to keep the space as efficient as possible.

The contractor installed a custom-built wood vanity with a Duravit Bacino sink and Kohler Purist wall-mounted faucets to save counter space. He also hung red Kontextur Hanging Lines in lieu of a standard towel rack and toilet paper stand and replaced the rickety shower rod with a ceiling-mounted shower rod.

The balance of modern, minimalist materials against the natural wooden door is a perfect combination that highlights the contrast of colors and textures. Black is still the new black and is surprisingly stunning paired with original and new wooden touches.

White bathroom with white tub covered by a shower curtain and white toilet and black floor tiles after renovationWhite bathroom with black floor tiles and a red trash can after renovation
Black and white bathroom with brown door near white sink and wooden vanity after renovation
White bathroom tiles with gray grouting and recessed shower shelf with black mosiac tiles after renovation

BATHROOM RESOURCES: Black Alta porcelain floor tile and Seta ceramic accent wall tile: NemoTile. Starck tub and Bacino Washbowl sink: Duravit. Purist Wall-Mount Sink Faucet: Kohler. Kontextur hanging lines and toilet paper holder: Amazon. Ceiling-mounted shower rod: TRAX. Toilet: Toto.

High-end fixtures, like a rain showerhead and Toto toilet, elevate the experience of Terri and Brett’s master bath.

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