7.31.2011

the loo

Bathrooms are a vital part of any house and should be just as fun and interesting as other rooms. Whether it be a gut renovation, minor repairs or decorative accents, below are some fresh ideas to update your space.

My advice: try to keep bathrooms as neutral and simple as possible to get the best "shelve-life" out of them. You can always buy new towels, re-paint and add accessories to update your look, but replacing tile every few years can get pricey. Make sure the style you select works with that of your home. And most importantly, make sure the space is functional for you and your family.

Here is a simple table converted into a sink base. You can also turn an old cabinet into a sink base for a one of a kind statement for a bathroom. Ask your local carpenter to help or try your luck with a drill. www.ehow.com


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wallpaper in a powder room. There are so many companies that make sophisticated and reasonably priced wallpaper that really make a statement! If wallpaper isn't your thing, try a stripe or stencil! Etsy has tons!


This is my favorite color palette on the planet for every room...but especially a bathroom. Try to keep bathrooms in colors that remind you of water and the ocean. Its appears more natural and clean if you stay within this palette.

This is so fun for a kids room. I cant tell you the number of fishy or frogy bathrooms Ive seen done for children...not good. This fun mirror in coral and sophisticated aqua curtain are off-set by the neutral wainscoting. And its something your kids can grow older with.

Love this tile-work. Its sort of traditional with a fun twist. Also, its just done on the floor rather than the whole room which can help keep costs down!


Really love how light and airy this bathroom is. Why not put a chandelier in bathroom? (although its illegal directly over a tub!) I like the mixture of metals: gold chandelier with stainless steel finishes. Also, if storage isn't an issue consider a vanity top sink like below.


This is a very well done modern bathroom. I like the striped pattern done with mosaic tiles, crisp shower doors and clean cabinetry. Also, the above-the-counter sink works with this space (and contains water a lot better than you would think!) Toto and Kohler have some fabulous models.


Claw-foot tub+chandelier+mantel=fabulous bathroom! A fun idea for claw-foot tubs is to paint the base an interesting color. I promise it will be a show stopper!
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Ariana

3 comments:

lucy@fourwallsandaroof said...

What a great round-up of bathrooms. I love all of them. It can be hard to get the right balance of functionality and glamor in a bathroom without going OTT - but these all succeed.

Oh, and I'm with you on the wallpaper - I'm doing Cole & Son's Rajapur wallpaper in our new powder room...

Lucy

Ali @ A Serendipitous Life said...

Any idea where that coral mirror pic is from??

Ali said...

Hi Ali, not sure where the mirror is from. It could just be an older mirror that they painted that color? I'm doing that right now for a mirror in my nursery.

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