Home Decorating Every Detail Counts: The Trained Eye Guide to Designing a Dreamy Bathroom

Every Detail Counts: The Trained Eye Guide to Designing a Dreamy Bathroom

A serial renovator who knows how to make any space more beautiful – and more livable – Annie Selke shares her tips and tricks for a successful space. As she embarks on a full-house renovation of her bougainvillea-covered home designed by Hollywood Regency architect John Elgin Woolfe in Palm Desert, California, we’ll go room by room to share her expert insights and product picks:

Center your design around a freestanding tub.  A statement bathtub takes a bathroom from an everyday bathing spot to an amazing spa-like retreat. In the past, installing a heavy freestanding tub was a challenge during renovation, but with new innovations, you can get the same look with a fraction of the weight. Annie chose a concrete free-standing tub from NativeStone, whose unique process also offers greater strength and sustainability than traditional concrete.

And don’t forget a spot for your drink! You’re going to want a place to rest a glass of ice cold water or even chilled champagne while you are lounging in your tub. Annie likes to pull up a small cocktail table, like the Thatcher Drink Table from Bernhardt, for a sophisticated alternative to something designed specifically for the bathroom.

Embrace high-tech features in the bath. People don’t immediately think of technology when they think of bathroom design, but bathing innovations are just as important as those in the kitchen or media rooms. In addition to the amazing technology that went into the Native Stone tub, TOTO’s water-saving toilet the Brizo freestanding tub filler were an especially important choice in an arid locale like Palm Desert.

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Select solid surfaces for easy maintenance. While Annie loves the look of natural stone, she always opts for an easier-to-maintain material like Caesarstone for bathroom vanity tops. The Organic White countertops of quartz looks and feels stone-like, but is durable enough to last for decades.

Bring the outdoors in with natural elements. Incorporate as many nature-inspired elements into your bathing space to make it a restful retreat. Annie chose accents like the Petrified Wood Side Table from Bernhardt to channel nature’s soothing power.

Add texture with tile. Bathrooms often feel cold and unwelcoming because there are too many smooth, slick surfaces. Texture is key to making the bathing space as welcoming as the rest of the home. Textured tiles like the Arctic White Brushed Marble Wall And Floor Tile from The Tile Shop are imbued with lively texture.

Pay careful attention to grout. The filling between the tiles often comes as an afterthought, but it shouldn’t. The right grout color can elevate the tile either through contrast (think charcoal grout outlining white hex tiles) or by almost disappearing, as is the case in Annie’s bathroom where she opted for pale grey to grout the Grey Pebble Small Mosaic Wall And Floor Tile from The Tile Shop. The finished effect is more natural and pleasing to the eye!

Choose big tiles for a streamlined look. Large-scale tiles is a bathroom design trend that Annie loves. Opting for oversize tiles like the 13 x 23-inch Annie Selke Argento Cream Ceramic Wall Tile from the Tile Shop give you a more modern look with fewer groutlines interrupting the tiles. (Bonus: They’re also easier to maintain and keep clean!)

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