If ever there is a space that deserves a little extra luxury, it's the primary bathroom. It's the perfect private spot to flex your personal design style and amp up the functionality to make busy mornings more efficient and quiet evenings more relaxing. Here are our top tips for creating a bath that is beautifully yours.
#ProjectCobblersKids | Photo by Stylish Productions
Warm it Up with Wood Finishes
With so many slick finishes, most bathrooms are desperately in need of texture and our favorite way to do that is to introduce wood cabinetry. But I am not talking about prefabricated wood cabinets here! These are custom pieces made of top-quality wood ( I see you, white oak) with details and finishes that rival high-end furnishings. As beautiful as they are, the best part of bespoke cabinetry can't even be seen in photos, it is the completely customized storage that is created uniquely for each client. A place for everything and everything in its place!
Design by Nicole Davis Interiors | Photo by Stoffer Photography Interiors
Make a Unique Tile Choice
Part of our goal in redefining timeless is to take classic elements and use them in a fresh way, or seamlessly incorporate trends with traditional elements. In a bath, I often lean into a timeless, elegant design, and give it a fresh spin with of-the-moment finishes. For example, we specify subway tile often, but rarely in plain white. We are loving the multitude of colors and sizes we see on the market, which fit easily into even the most traditional of spaces. Handmade tile is another option that brings an old-world elegance that feels authentic and approachable. Especially when paired with natural stone and warm wood tones, hand-crafted tile brings a note of European luxury that is hard to beat!
Design by Kate Marker Interiors | Photo by Stoffer Photography Interiors
Combine Metal Finishes
Using more than one metal finish is a trick-of-the-trade that helps a bath feel more collected and special than a one-note speculative build. It can be a little tricky to do it in a way that feels natural, but the general gist is to repeat finishes on common items. Here, the light fixtures are all warm brass, along with the cabinet hardware. The plumbing fixtures are all polished nickel. Brass and nickel pair well together because they share a warm undertone and each feel timeless in their own right.
Design by M.Elle Design | Photo by Nicki Sebastian
Consider a Floating Vanity
Floating vanities are a trend were are excited to try, and the options are endless for iterations that feel timeless and interesting. A custom cabinet is an excellent choice, but if storage is plentiful elsewhere (or simply not needed such as in a powder or guest bath), fabricating a stone vanity and sink is an absolutely show-stopping choice. Either a deep apron or tall backsplash with a wall-mounted faucet will really show off the stone, and the rest of the materials can be kept somewhat understated.
#ProjectAlwaysWright | Photo by Raquel Langworthy
Accessorize with Vintage Items
My favorite way to add warmth and personality to a bathroom is to add a vintage runner instead of bath mats. There is no mistaking the character and color they offer, and they are surprisingly durable (though I would recommend stepping out of the bath or shower onto a cotton towel or mat). Small vintage bottles or containers, a cool antique stool or chair to hold towels, and an interesting vessel to hold a few stems of your favorite flower will give even the shiniest new bathroom a style that is all your own.
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