Home Decorating Every Detail Counts: The Trained Eye Guide to Designing a Spa-Like Bathroom

Every Detail Counts: The Trained Eye Guide to Designing a Spa-Like 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:

Start with a calming palette If you want to create a spa-like environment, weave in a soft color. A natural colorist, Annie opted for watercolor blues and gentle whites in this bathroom to create a sense of calm. A hint of color is more refreshing than a sterile all-white room, but still feels light and bright.

Layer in organic finishes To balance sleek surfaces like the Caesarstone countertop and the high-tech TOTO toilet, Annie leaned into organic finishes from her Tile Shop collection. The Artisanal Sky Ceramic Wall Tile has a crackle finish that appears handmade, while the Grey Pebble Small Mosaic Tile on the floor of the shower enclosure mimics river stones.

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Trick the eye to expand your space Annie used a host of small-space design tactics to make her office bathroom feel more expansive. A frameless mirror that stretches wall to wall really opens up the space while the long narrow tiles in the shower broaden the horizon.

Design for simple maintenance To maintain that spa-like feeling, it helps to design with cleaning and staying tidy in mind. Annie’s TOTO toilet is fully skirted, meaning there are none of those pesky nooks and crannies to wipe down. The handheld Brizo Odin handshower makes rinsing down the walls a snap; while the undermount sink and simple Brizo Odin faucet fittings are a breeze to clean.

Build in stylish storage If you’re starting from scratch with your bathroom, a built-in shower ledge (sometimes called a “shampoo box”) is a must. These handy storage spots are fairly simple to frame out and tile and remove the need for a clunky shower caddy. Measure your collection of in-shower products before finalizing the size: Annie went extra large in her bathroom.

Add art for a finishing touch Even the bathroom deserves wall art! Here, Annie hung Palm Reflective Pool art piece to personalize the space. Just be sure to avoid anything that is fragile or precious, since the bathroom is more humid than other rooms.

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