A Stylish Family Bathroom with Seaside Charm

A careful update by designer Sarah Barnard gives a family bathroom beachside ambiance.

A mistake that many homeowners make is to keep a specific color scheme and design palette from one bathroom to the next, but that isn’t necessary. In this home, a Moroccan-influenced powder room stands alone from a relaxing cream-colored guest bath and the ocean-like child’s bath, which features organic glass flooring and an oval-shaped soaking tub.

A Stylish Family Bathroom with Seaside Charm

Royal blue, taupe and turquoise stones embedded in the child’s bathroom floor reinforce the ocean feel. (Photo: Charles Metivier)

“This home belongs to a mother and her young daughter, so the mom anticipated that the child’s bath would also be her bath for the first few years since she’ll be in there with her daughter a lot,” Sarah says. “So the child’s bath, albeit for a 4-year-old, was really rather sophisticated because the mom will be using it for herself.”

The guest bathroom features a floating sink, which was an innovative way to maximize a very small area. “Keeping the vanity off the floor gives the illusion of a little more space,” Sarah says.

A stone floor meets tiled walls in the powder room—a design mix that many homeowners might be nervous about making, but shouldn’t be, Sarah says. “I understand many people are afraid to take risks like mixing textures,” Sarah says. “If someone is cautious about making brave design decisions, a powder bath is the best place to go crazy because not only can you afford more expensive materials since you need less of them, but also if you want to make a dynamic statement that will resonate with the guests, you’re sure the powder room is someplace that every guest will visit and it’s not a place anyone stays for any length of time.”

The pebbled floor keeps the Moroccan-influenced powder room stylistically in step with the rest of the home. (Photo: Charles Metivier)

Kid Corner: How to Craft a Stylish Family Bathroom 

The child’s bathroom in this home is so sophisticated that it’s easy to forget a child is the primary user, but it maintains just enough of a whimsical quality that it feels comfortable for the little girl who uses it. The key, Sarah says, is to avoid themes when designing for kids. “That’s a common trap that parents fall into because kids request themes,” Sarah says. Instead of themes, let the children contribute a special item to the bathroom after the adults have already selected the décor, she suggests. “Make sure the bones of the space are palatable to everyone in the house, and then layer on the kids’ preferences after the fact,” Sarah says. “For a bathroom specifically, if the child wants a Dora the Explorer theme, I’d design the bathroom and then add a Dora area rug so it can be taken away as the child grows without consequence to the space.”


Written by Torrey Kim

Styled by Sarah Barnard

Photographed by Charles Metivier




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