What is it about bathrooms? For some reason, these small spaces make the interior designer in all of us feel like we can really push the decorating barrier and channel our inner Picasso. The biggest design risks I took in my own house happened to be in our powder room (pink ceiling!) and basement bath (hello, turquoise). In fact, I wish I had more bathrooms in this house to tackle because there is design inspiration EVERYWHERE these days. Since I’m out of bathrooms to renovate, why not pull together 12 of the coolest bathrooms to grace our Pinterest feeds over the past few months? Because somewhere out there, one of you has the design guts and gusto to really go for it. Hopefully, these will inspire you to push the creativity envelope in 2018! And if you do, we want pics.
1. Floor-to-ceiling tile is a great way to make a smaller bathroom feel larger while reflecting light. For a fresh accent, place a houseplant next to your sink or hang a pot from the ceiling. Not only will the greens add warmth to the cooler tile tones, they are proven to boost moods, increase creativity, decrease stress and anxiety, and naturally filter indoor air toxins. Bonus: a number of houseplants thrive in the warm, humid bathroom environments which make caring for your plant even easier!
2. The powder room is the perfect place to experiment with wild wallpaper of any sort. Since the room’s door is most often shut, there isn’t any pressure to match the aesthetic of the adjacent rooms. Take a chance on something a little off-the-beaten-path like this flamingo pattern above. Who knows, the powder room might be your new favorite space. New guests are almost always delighted (or at least surprised) when they open the door to our powder room for the first time!
3. Unless you live independently, most people have to consider the taste of their partner or roommate when redesigning a room. Especially a room used as often as the bathroom. So, if you don’t think your partner will love flamingo wallpaper as much as you do, maybe aim for a more classic contemporary aesthetic. Bright white tile styled against slate-colored tile gives a bathroom the perfect balance of yin and yang energy.
4. Growing up, my mom would always tell me that if I needed to let out some steam, I should go to the bathroom and take a minute to cool off. It usually worked and even as an adult I have found myself sneaking off to the powder room whenever I need a second to clear my head. Research shows that the color blue has inherent calming abilities, actually slowing your metabolism and producing a feeling of relaxation. Pair a bright blue wall with cool and collected pattern floor tiles to create a truly therapeutic spa-like haven, perfect for taking a minute to relax and unwind.
5. The earthy tones and verdant vibes of this bathroom give off a feeling of zen warmth, making it my favorite amongst the list. Warm wood or sandalwood bring life to a room lined with natural brick or cement. The clawfoot tub and oversized round mirror elevate the level of luxe without contrasting the overall feel. Before you know it, you’ve got yourself a little bungalow escape in your very own home.
6. Despite my strong childhood distaste for the color pink, there is no denying that pink has been having a moment for some time now. And I now find myself gravitating toward all shades of this color at every design turn. The sleek lines and color blocking executed in penny tiles feel modern yet retro all at the same time.
7. There is something about free-standing tubs that just declares luxury. The luxe in this bathroom doesn’t just stop there, the book-matched marble flooring paired with gold light fixtures elevates the room into something special. *Queue relaxing music, candles and a glass of wine*
8. For those of you who have been in the housing market and visited your fair share of older homes, you may recognize this pink bathroom tile as it was the most popular color of the 1950s. The First Lady at the time, Mamie Eisenhower had such a deep love for the color that the pastel shade was eventually named after her, Mamie pink. The color is conservatively estimated to have been used in over 5 million homes across America. YGG (you go girl), Mamie Eisenhower! Also, if you have one of these pink bathrooms, PLEASE DON’T DESTROY IT!
9. This moody bathroom seems to pull inspiration from a number of decades. The extreme modernity in-step with the array of retro colors makes for a bathroom different from any you’ve seen before. Rust, copper, teal, and pastel pink work very well together in an unexpected way and still seem to have a calming effect.
10. Terrazzo marble is something I have seen in person before, but never like this – how amazing is this bathroom?! Invented by Venetian mosaic workers in the 15th-century, Terrazzo marble is known for its durability and low maintenance, it is said to easily last decades or even centuries with proper care. To keep the focus on the beautiful marble, style the room with neutral appliances and simple decor.
11. This bathroom feels very Wes Anderson to me and I love it. It almost has a vintage lockerroom feel too, but with the right colors, it’s artsy and charming. Details are crucial when working in a small space like a bathroom. A minor change, like choosing to install a black faucet and hardware, can make a world of difference!
12. Did I say pink was having a moment? Yeah, it’s obvious that I can’t get enough here. The baby doll pink paired with the clean white walls give this room a positive energy, the perfect place to get you in the right state of mind before a busy day. Warning: Terrazzo marble can be very slippery and cause falls, so you might want to reconsider if you live with small children or elderly.
BY Kate Arends - January 11, 2018
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.