Before & After: A Kid-Friendly Bathroom Reno Packs In Major Style

Inside Jenny Komenda's bright, white, and modern makeover project!

A Kids' Bathroom Gets A Chic and Modern Makeover

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


The little ones may not be able to fully appreciate a well-decorated bathroom, but that's no reason to put up with an unappealing or outdated decor scheme. Phoenix-based interior designer Jenny Komenda opted for a bright and timeless design aesthetic when it came to renovating her daughters’ bathroom.


To mesh her style with a design that was kid-friendly, Komenda started with an all-white base that could evolve with her daughters. “It's so easy to change up the top layer of accessories going forward because everything (no really, EVERYTHING) looks great in an all-white room!” says Komenda. “I can use more playful art and accessories now while my kids are young and if they ever want to change it up to something a little more grown up, it wouldn't be hard to do at all.”

 Jenny Komenda's Bathroom Makeover

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


But before bringing in the accessories, the first order of business was getting rid of the dated fixtures and to start entirely fresh. Most of the bathroom’s fixtures were an unsightly almond color and the brick veneer floor did nothing for brightening up the space. Komenda tore everything out, from the framing and drywall next to the sink to the pony wall.


“There wasn't much that could be salvaged in here,” says Komenda of the old bathroom. “The short "privacy wall" didn't actually provide any privacy and only managed to make the space feel smaller and more closed off, so we took out the framing when we removed the old vanity and other plumbing fixtures. I was really hoping to add a second sink in the vanity, so even the cabinetry needed to go.”

 Inside a Chic and Modern Kids' Bathroom Makeover

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


 After: bathroom makeover for kids

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


In addition to updating the feel of the space, budget was another priority in the remodel. By settling on tiles that were easy to maintain and inexpensive —Komenda is planning a kitchen renovation later this year— the family was able to stay budget-conscious. At 21 cents per tile (!) Floor & Decor’s subway tile seemed an obvious choice for a modern design. For the flooring, Komenda chose a bright white herringbone tile that complements the wall tile pattern and rings in at only about $2.99/foot.

 Before: bathroom makeover for kids

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


 A Bathroom Makeover That's Chic + Inexpensive

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


The subtle details of the new bathroom bring everything together. A warm gray grout color contrasts nicely with the all-white floors and walls and works well with both the blue-gray cabinetry and the vintage kilim rug on display in front of the tub.


For Komenda, the combination of the brassy sconces and wooden mirror is a small detail that packs a bold punch.

“Wood and bright brass always play so well together. And I think incorporating stained wood is so important for warming up any space, even if it's just a small touch like with these mirrors,” she says.

 Inside A Children's Bathroom Makeover

photography by JENNY KOMENDA


Another favorite? The shiplap detailing above the subway tile. “I love all the subtle pattern play. I think the shiplap and the tile together might have been too much if I hadn't painted the shiplap white, but the consistent, complimentary tones in the whites really work together,” adds Komenda.

To read more about Jenny Komenda and see her other design projects, be sure to visit her blog, Little Green Notebook.

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Published on May 30, 2017 - 6:00am EDT

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