A Timeless Bath Idea, and an Announcement!

Megan Opel Interiors

First of all, I am very excited to announce that Megan Opel Interiors is now in business! One year after entertaining the idea, beginning coursework to refine my skills, and completing my first handful of freelance projects (thank you, thank you, thank you to the clients who believed in me!), I have taken the plunge. You can find a description of the my services for projects in Chicago and e-design services for long distance projects here.

In the future would love to create a proper website for design services but redirecting through the blog will do for now. I have a lot of work ahead of me and am still figuring out how to be a one-woman show while simultaneously raising a child and hopefully more children in the future (tips anyone??), but right now it’s crazy and fun and I’m trying to do it all by doing client meetings on nights and weekends and working as fast as I can during naptime. I’m proud of the progress I’ve made in a year and I hope that I can work on a more full-time basis when he and hopefully other children are in school in the future. Being a full-time mom, wife and decorator is what I want to be doing for the rest of my life, so thanks for riding along the journey with me. :)


Now, on to the good stuff.  Lately, I’ve been working one some bathroom remodels for some clients on a budget, so I’ve brainstorming ways to make a big impact for little cost.

For inspiration, I looked back to this adorable bathroom I saw at a cafe in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in Provence.

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We all know how clean and chic basic white subway tile is, but when paired with dark grout as opposed to white grout, it becomes totally modern, and statement-making with a touch of steampunk. Paired with black framed windows, wood accents, black and brass hardware (looks great with cool-toned hardware too!), the look becomes totally chic and timeless on a small budget. Plus, the dark grout is more forgiving to stains than white grout! Win win.

White tile black groutWhite subway tile, black grout and brass fixtures.Modern bathroom with dual brass shower heads against a backdrop of white subway tiled walls highlighted by gray grout and laid in a concentric pattern within the frameless glass shower surround. Gray stone tiled floors unite the room alongside a wooden vanity with vessel sink with wall mounted brass faucet below a mirrored medicine cabinet. Love the tile pattern!White subway tiles, dark grout. Black framed shower. Brass shower fixture and faucet, black sconcesBlack framed double hung windowBlack framed window, white tile with black grout, hotel-like polished chrome fixtures

Here’s an example of how it can look great with polished nickel hardware too:honeycomb/hexagonal floor tiles and white wall tiles with charcoal grout, chrome fixtures

Looks great in the kitchen too!

Brass hardware

Black cabinet, white tile with black grout

Here’s how to get the look:Subway Tile with charcoal grout bathroom


Tile / Shower Niche TileGrout / PaintSink Faucet / Console / Window / Shower Faucet / Double HookSlate Floor Tile / Medicine Cabinet / Toilet / Wastebasket / Hand Soap / Fouta Towel / Faux Potted Grass / Robe / Vintage Oushak Rug / Sconce



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