Who doesn’t dream of a bathroom with a great, big tub you can sink into and soak away the stresses of the day? It’s also an easily identifiable element of a Refined Romantic bathroom, but it’s not the only one. Read on, intrepid design fans, for tips on how to create your own romantic bathing sanctuary.
In this photo, a bathroom in Annie’s former Berkshire home, she used large white tile squares on the floor to set the clean, streamlined tone. She added fleur-patterned wallpaper and an antique chandelier, both in a soft lemongrass shade and with a vintage European-hotel feel. Annie brought in a bit of shine with the ornate, gilt-framed mirror and the polished chrome towel rack. Few people are lucky enough to have a fireplace right beside their tub, so Annie played it up with details like decorative molding, a central medallion, and tiles around the opening, plus a few simple items on the mantel.
This photo, featuring a design by Jill Kantelberg, originally appeared in the April 2007 issue of Canadian House & Home. This bath gets its romantic vibe from lots of provenance, in the form of reclaimed terracotta floor tiles, a vintage wall tapestry, a Gothic wrought-iron chandelier, a plank ceiling, and a distressed side table. We also love the reflective quality of the leggy, aged candleholders and the marble surrounding the tub, as well as the contemporary faucet and sprayer. Add in the floor-to-ceiling, glass-doored wall cabinet, and you’ve got the perfect blend of Old World and modern romantic.