One popular suggestion was to supplement with decorative tiles in the tub area. I love that idea. I have my eye on some beautiful and wildly expensive decorative tiles at Charles Rupert.
For example, these, which are so perfect and pricey they make me want to cry:
The trouble, besides our shortage of funds, is that the walls are tiled around the bathtub but not behind it. We're replacing the tub with a clawfoot, so the area that's behind the tub now would be bare. That bottom third is what we'll need to fill in, along with the other half of the bathroom, which isn't tiled at all.
The sink area and tub/toilet area are now separated by a wall and door, which we plan to take out or else widen the opening. I figure, what's the point of installing a clawfoot tub if you can't see it when you walk in the room?
(This pic was taken before we moved in ... the fluffy pink bathmat isn't ours, I swear!)
So basically, we have now 2.67 walls of tile that would stay. We'd have to add about the same amount of tile to finish out the bathroom. These plain white 4x4s should be cheapycheap from a big box store.
But I'm having trouble envisioning how to do the decorative tilework while keeping the tile that's there now. *sigh* I'm confused. I have such big ideas for this bathroom - for example, narrow built-in shelving sunken into the walls on either side of a pedestal sink - but I'm unsure how to achieve them.
A bathroom is scary and expensive and requires skilled work. Darwin claims he can do it all himself, but doesn't he always claim that? Fortunately, we have a functioning shower in another bathroom and another half bath, so if this ends up taking 100 years, at least we won't have to go around smelling like cave people.