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When the owner of this quaint Brooklyn townhouse was searching for a designer to renovate her home’s two bathrooms, she stumbled across New York-based designer Eneia White on Instagram. “I have this ongoing joke when clients find me on Instagram—they know we like the color pink,” White laughs. “I think the client leads with that to make sure that I don't show up with a whole pink bag of samples and titles.”
On the upper level, White transformed an unassuming bathroom into a dreamy modern escape filled with trendy arches, hidden storage, and lively modern accents. "The bathroom feels fresh, light, and not too heavy even though we're blocking a majority of the natural light with that window,” she says.
To maximize space, White cleverly tucked the vanity in front of the window rather than placing it in the middle of the room. She acknowledges that “most people do not want to do a vanity in front of the window,” but White searched high and low for an option that would allow her client to access the window and still filter in some natural light.
“We measured the distance from the top of the vanity and the faucet to the bottom of the suspended mirrors, so my client would be able to put her hand on the window to open it if she needed to,” White explains. “Then we mounted the bar into the ceiling―so it's not going anywhere.”
Despite her client's initial hesitancy with the color pink, they eventually settled on a compromise: Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink, a lovely mauve hue to elevate and soften the room. “The most unexpected pivot was that she was willing to embrace the mauve that's on the wall,” she adds.
A common struggle White and fellow designers face while designing bathrooms in NYC is the lack of space for functional storage. Although White borrowed square footage from a neighboring room and closet, she still had to think strategically. How does one insert storage that is non-clunky and space-saving, yet still complements the "cute bathroom" aesthetic she created?
“Just move to a house in the suburbs,” she says jokingly. “On the back side of the arch when you're looking into the shower, there's a niche on both sides, so she doesn't have to look at her shower bottles, hair shampoo, and conditioner—and it doesn't have to hang on the shower head."
Another challenge White encountered was embracing the color black. “I [prefer] brighter—I like things to not feel so weighted,” she says. White eventually put her feelings aside and opted for a sleek black bathroom door. She effortlessly married the darker elements with her familiar lighter, more expected materials, like the base wall tile from TileBar and the floor tile from Zia Tile.
White’s advice to fellow bathroom renovators: “You don't have to go over the top with everything,” she says. “If you can just find strategic moments to introduce some personality in a way that's a little different, I think you can find success there.”
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