Kids’ bathrooms usually get the short end of the stick—and often for good reason. Come bathtime, parents are rightfully more concerned about controlling the chaos than they are about whether or not the texture of the copper faucets undermines the understated appeal of the leather pulls on the vanity. Andrea West, however, seems to have uncovered a compromise. Fitting for both water fights and personal spa days, the dual-entry bathroom that the Utah-based designer recently completed for two young boys features a major tile moment.
“I’m pretty sure the tile guy was not my biggest fan,” laughs West. Snuggled in between two equally playful bedrooms, the joint shower-tub area is framed by a statement tile configuration that seemingly melts up the wall and onto the ceiling.
“We said, ‘Okay, this room is really small, but we want some color, we want some pattern, and we want a wow-statement bathroom,’” says West. “I personally love to design with high-contrast.”
The visual impact doesn’t stop there. Ahead, the designer shares her bed and bath design tips for kids and kids at heart.
Lead with the things you love
While mom and dad ultimately had the final say, West sourced much of her inspiration from the vivid imaginations of the 8-year-old and 12-year-old boys who call these bedrooms home. “The boys are full of personality and were really excited about the process,” shares West.
Soaring peaks and faraway galaxies spoke to the youngest boy, whose only must-have was a mountain mural. The couple’s oldest son, on the other hand, was more keen on emerald green and Star Wars. Far from childish but ever so cool, West incorporated their current interests through bold wall coverings and artwork—two elements that can easily be swapped out down the road.
“The parents wanted these rooms to speak to what the kids like now but didn’t want to turn around and redo them in, say, three to five years,” explains the designer. “We wanted to capture their interests and likes but also make sure that it was a space they could grow with.”
Fill in the gaps with accents that can go anywhere
After landing on a hand-painted mountain mural and glow-in-the-dark star wallpaper for the youngest child’s room, West searched for a sophisticated balance in the details.
“With some of the items that we picked, if you took them out of the room as a whole, you’d see that they could go in a master bedroom or family room. But together in this space, they flow really well with the theme.”