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This guest bathroom had potential that was hard to see under that New Yorker cover wallpaper, vinyl flooring and boxy enclosures. The "after" proves that less is more when it comes to bathrooms.

bathroomWade Freitag

When you see how soothing this Portland, Oregon guest bathroom turned out, it's hard not to look at the before photo and go "yikes." The large enclosures around the sink and bathtub ate up a significant amount of floor space and created an awkward layout. The homeowners noted that the vinyl floor covering was impossible to clean. And then there's the matter of the New Yorker cover art wallpaper, a busy pattern that made the room feel smaller and, well, chaotic. All of these elements had to go.

The biggest difference, of course, came from paint (Antique Gold by Benjamin Moore). But the new double-hung window (which replaced the aluminum sliding window), smaller mirror and hexagonal floor tiles subtly enhance the space further. And here's something interesting: The tile wainscot was replaced with subway tile, not only for stylistic reasons, but also because existing tile that's 10 years or older can be impossible to match just right.

To find out more about this renovation, visit Style 1900.

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