Light and Bright Kids' Bath
A playful paint job, crisp white wainscot, and salvaged fixtures turn an attic bath into a cheerful bathing spot for tots
Old houses often have just a single washroom upstairs for the whole family, and it's seldom kid-friendly: The tub's too deep, the sink's too high, and there's never enough bath toy storage. That was the situation at Marcus and Kristin Moomey's 1885 home in St. Louis, Missouri, and why they decided to build a pint-sized bath for their daughter, Ella, now 6. Problem was, they'd have to carve it out of the middle of the unfinished attic, reserving windows at either end of the top floor for bedrooms they'd planned. Plus, they wanted the space to have plenty of vintage charm. All on a budget.
Luckily, the couple, both designers for architectural firms, could put some tricks of the trade to work. "We decided to compensate for the lack of light with touches of bright paint colors, big mirrors, and lots of white," says Kristin. In buying the house, they inherited a corner kitchen sink and a 4-foot pedestal tub, which nailed the period look. The resulting space is bright and cheery, and a pleasure to spend time in. Says Kristin, "Now Ella reminds me when it's time for her bath."
What was empty space at the center of the attic is now a 75-square-foot bath that feels light-filled despite its lack of windows.
1. The pocket door saves space by eliminating a door swing and eases traffic flow around the sink.
2. A tucked-away toilet is hidden from view until you enter the room, allowing the tub to be the focal point of the bath.
3. A plate rail along the 6-foot-high wainscoting allows for
a changing display of daughter Ella's artwork.
4. Built-in cubbies exploit a void behind the 4-foot tub. The colorful storage recesses keep the room open and airy, and toys and towels handy at bath time.