Design Diary: Timeless Bathroom Combinations
When I enter a public bathroom I always think of ways of improving the space because I wish for them to feel cozy, classic and sophisticated. More often than not, communal bathrooms feel very cold and the lighting situation is never the greatest. Wouldn't it be great if you felt like at home when in a public space? Today we're not discussing public bathrooms, no, but we'll be showing you our favorite combinations for timeless bathrooms that will put the "rest" in restrooms.
First, lets establish that we're not big fans of grout lines and it seems they're everywhere, right? Sure, at times they are quite difficult to avoid, so we've quickly gathered our favorite tricks to make the best of them so that they at least seem less daunting.
The best way to Embrace Grout Lines
We're not big fans of grout lines because they tend to overcrowd a space with too much visual interest. To reduce the appearance of them, we propose grout colors to be either white or soft gray. This way, the grout lines become part of the design rather than an inevitable hurdle.
Consider large tiles to reduce the amount of grout lines in a space. If walls are covered in tile from wall to ceiling, imagine the multitude of lines everywhere, oh my. If your tiles are larger, you have the option of making the space feel larger at the same time.
Install tiles in the right places as this will result in them becoming more of a design feature, rather than just a functional material for bathrooms. Consider just tiling the wall behind the sink + mirror or the one behind the stand-alone tub and leaving the rest of the bathroom with painted drywall or a cool wall treatment such as shiplap, or grids.
Timeless Bathroom Combinations
Combination 1 - We love this classic and timeless combination because although the components are generally white, we thought to warm up the space with a rift sawn white oak custom vanity that features recessed pulls. The warmth is then heightened with a very popular School House Electric brass sconce above this rounded edge rectangular mirror. Like we mentioned above, we prefer less grout lines in sight, so we opted to use 6x12 Carrara marble tiles for the floors. To further warm up all the white, Benjamin Moore's "Simply White" is a great alternative to those seeking white walls that don't feel so sterile and crisp as this color has a sort of very pale creamy-yellow undertone to it. Behind the vanity, we envision a very cool rectangular patterned wall treatment made with moulding. Our favorite feature has got to be the wall mounted faucet from DXV because it feels quite traditional, though with everything else leaning towards the modern side, we think it is a great balance.
Combination 2 - Edgy never meant play it on the safe side, so with this design proposal we aimed to go a bit more modern and skip the white porcelain sink for a statement making black alternative. This bathroom design is very moody, sexy and it surely won't work for everyone, but if you dare to go on the dark side for a small powder room in your home, we know it'll make a great impression. We envision the walls having a vertical shiplap treatment, whilst painted Benjamin Moore's "Anchor Gray". To lighten all the dark, we chose a brass mirror, faucet with a white little button that coordinates with the white Carrara marble countertop, and finally a soft colored vanity painted B.M "Revere Pewter". We love the unexpected look this combination offers.
Combination 3 - Clearly we love brass accents and this bathroom design in particular is quite special because the vanity color Benjamin Moore's "Platinum Gray" is one of our favorite grays that features a lovely blue undertone. It also coordinates so well with brass and touches of white. This design is kept conservative, though edgy with the more modern sconce from Rejuvenation. You can't go wrong with a widespread faucet and this one from Kohler is a very popular favorite. Again, countertops can either be Caesarstone "Pure White" or a soft Carrara Marble. As for floors, a herringbone design is such a timeless, classic choice so it was an obvious contender. We chose the Builder Depot's 1x3 Carrara Venato Herringbone tile in a polished finish.
If you happen to consider any of these combinations for your next bathroom please tag us on Instagram @synonymous__ as we'd love to see your recreations!