Hit Refresh: Dreaming of a New Bath
We’ve made the decision to makeover our bathroom so now comes the fun part—dreaming of what it might be. But where to start? I had a few (thousand) ideas in my mind and many things to think about: the “feel” of the space, the color, the finishes, the textures and shapes. Let’s face it: it’s a lot!
I started by looking back at the gorgeous baths we’ve featured in CTC&G. I started to rip out pages that I liked and created “The File.” Into it went pictures of fixtures that I liked from catalogs and press releases. But that was only the beginning, I visited the Instagram accounts of designers I admired. I looked at my images from big industry shows like KBIS and Eurocucina. I looked at photos from homes that I had scouted.
I was not alone in looking; both my husband and daughter looked and shared what they liked. And the inspiration came from many places. Sometimes it was a picture of a great dress in a fabulous color; other times it was an image in our countless art books in the living room; or maybe it was a picture from our travels. After a week or so we had so many ideas that my eyes glazed over. So I did what I do best: edit and look for common threads — and toss the rest!
General Design of the Space
I tend to be drawn to clean lines with nothing too fussy. My husband prefers something more traditional yet with interesting detailing; and Adaire just doesn’t want anything too crazy. I knew that I wanted sculptural shapes so maybe a wall-hung sink and toilet? I also wanted to have some of the latest technologies that are becoming standard in bathrooms.
I have always been attracted to strong color. The two rooms off of the bathroom are saturated in warm yellows, reds and greens so it would be odd to walk into a pastel or muted bathroom. Here was a space where I could add a more sophisticated tonality of a saturated color. I started thinking of those beautiful Georgian houses in England and Ireland so I went deeper and smokier to create interest.
Marble and stone seemed out of place in this bath. Ceramic tile struck the right note; it’s both functional and can be playful. I also wanted something dramatic on the wall in the shower and ceramic tile can deliver. In addition, I wanted a mix of material finishes and thought painted wood would soften the look and add some detail and warmth.
The sky is the limit these days when it comes to finishes: everything from titanium and black stainless to crystal and rose gold. I have long admired luxurious nickel so that’s what we chose; it always looks fresh and never dated. As someone who spends lots of time in the bath industry, I know almost too much about product and the endless choices in the market. I had to keep in mind that this bathroom is only 5×10 feet. And it’s in an antique farmhouse. And three people had very strong opinions about what they liked. And we are on a budget.And that’s when dreams met reality.