By Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 10:24:15 AM.
The familiar furnishings, accents and surfaces in this space, right down to the flowered wallpaper, mark it as traditional. But its classic mien wouldn't be out of place in a preppy home either. Contemporary forms (that stacked sink!) and plenty of open space drive the design here. The space feels of the moment, and that's what contemporary style is all about. From the subway tile to the vintage‐style fixtures and pedestal sink, this bath would fit right in with a cottage interior. Beadboard wainscoting would be another ideal choice. This transitional bath blends classic lines and profiles with streamlined detailing and pared‐down accents. It wouldn't look amiss in a traditional or contemporary home, but it has its own distinctive appeal.
Ensure proper drainage. Not only will you guard against damage from standing water, but you'll also protect yourself from skidding on wet floors. Angle the shower floor slightly so that water flows toward the drain, and think about adding a second drain for doubly effective siphoning. Select surfaces that can stand up to moisture. Even with careful attention to an open shower's design, splashes and steam will escape. Outfit your bath with surfaces that hold their own against moisture: porcelain or glass tile, metal, stone, solid surfacing, engineered quartz and some woods. Avoid fabrics and other materials that are prone to mildew.
The dream bath: Greek island idyll. Is escaping to a private whitewashed cottage in Mykonos your idea of heaven? Re‐create the look at home with a pared‐down palette of blue and white, along with a few classically Greek details. American Clay makes real clay plaster that can be tinted in any hue and applied to your walls for a gorgeous textured look. Keep a small, potted herb garden in the windowsill for fragrance and beauty. Try thyme, oregano or mint. If you have enough sun and space, you could even bring in a potted lemon tree. Sinkside, choose handmade pottery to hold soap and toothbrushes. A classic Greek key print on the edges of towels or trimming window shades would be a nice finishing touch.