Designers stamped this classic color palette with their clients’ personalities.
“A white bathroom is traditional. But to keep it from being sleepy, you need to wake it up,” architect Jason Urrutia says. He added key accents in black to liven up and update this mostly white master bath in a 1910 Sausalito, California, home. But first, the architect used elements such as a marble-topped vanity, a classic freestanding tub and polished chrome finishes to lay a traditional base.
Corine Maggio of CM Natural Designs knows that the stark contrast between black and white can skew too sterile. So she carefully homed in on subtle details to inject warmth and interest into this crisp transitional bathroom design.
Designers Tanya McLean and Nichole Skladan gave this 38-square-foot bathroom in Vancouver, British Columbia, classic bones, then injected a woodsy personality that suited the homeowner’s style. Cole & Sons’ Woods wallpaper creates a forest above the traditional white Shaker wainscoting. The accessories add to the forest feel.
“The acacia mirror and walnut shelves add warmth and a place for [the homeowner] to add her personal touches of nature,” McLean says. “The ravens, rocks, wood and feathers are from [her] collection and are a theme throughout the house.”
Deirdre Doherty Interiors gave this stylish Los Angeles couple’s bathroom a design that combined rock ’n’ roll and glam (the chic kind, not the hair band kind). The encaustic cement floor tile rocks out an intense rhythm on the floor, while the large circular mirrors, marble countertop and brass finishes bring the glam.
The rumble of a nearby train helped inspire the redesign of this bathroom in an Alexandria, Virginia, row house. “My clients were drawn to industrial style, black and white, and patterned floor tiles mixed with reclaimed wood,” designer Michelle Schmauder says. “And their row house is right next to the railroad tracks — you can feel the train in the house when it goes by.”
The designer repurposed a TV stand into a vanity by adding plumbing and vessel sinks. And when she found faucet handles that resembled train wheels, the homeowners were on board. Black mirror frames, light fixtures, P-traps and Schluter strips atop the backsplash add more industrial-style touches.