I might think that bath would have “everything,” as the cliché goes. But in a New York apartment it’s literally a kitchen sink bathroom where a cast iron enamel farm sink is installed in the custom wood vanity. It’s rare to find a designer bath with a kitchen sink. But leave it to the Irish-born Clodagh, an interior and accessories designer based in New York. Clodagh also is a tile designer for Ann Sacks. “I like simple massive surfaces that people can put things down on,” was her comment about this bath [top].… Continue Reading
Bathrooms with contemporary and modern styles, shower, tub, sink and tile treatments and sanitary fixtures.
Some of the most appealing bathrooms I’ve seen are those open to the outdoors via a bathroom window wall.
A modern or minimalist concept for a house is usually what produces a bathroom window wall. Then, of course, there’s the view. So architects favor neutral color schemes and natural materials such as stone and stone tile. That way, bath fixture tend to be less important than the transparency and the views. However, that doesn’t mean these baths dial back on luxury.
To some extent, the ability to use glass walls in a bath is a function of climate. But the stunning bath in a New Canaan, Connecticut house by Specht Harpman [top] plays off the fame of Phillip Johnson’s glass house, now a museum, in the same town.… Continue Reading
Ours is an old-fashioned, hand-built wood burning hearth. But I’m fascinated by sleek, contemporary gas fireplaces I’ve seen on TV — notably on ABC’s Castle — and in magazines. These come in a variety of shapes and widths and can be placed in non-traditional spaces — like the center of a wall. Most impressive is a contemporary bathroom fireplace installed between the bedroom and bath, or in a wall over a bathtub. Because the bathroom remains such an unusual location, a fireplace will upstage even the most dramatic tub every time.… Continue Reading
Is orange also the new brass for colored bathroom faucets?
One gripe about minimalist décor is that it lacks warmth. That may be especially true when the walls and fixtures are concrete, black, white, gray or beige. And in this positively austere modernist bath, a few sunny shots of orange by way of the shower and sink fixtures look great. Chrome, or even nickel, faucets would fade into the walls of this bath which fits the “chic-drab” description. That’s my home decor equivalent of the French term “jolie-laide,” which translates roughly as so ugly it’s pretty.
Traditionalists sometimes use the terms “stark” and “cold” to describe modern bathrooms which tend to have sleek stone like surfaces and square lines. One way to warm things up is by introducing wood to certain areas. In a Southern California bath with white-painted paneled walls [top], designer Kathleen di Paolo reduced a vanity to a set of floating natural wood-slab shelves. The top one acts as a platform for the vessel sink and the partner below provides handy towel storage. In addition to minimizing space taken up by the sink, the shelves are neutral.… Continue Reading
One distinguishing aspect of mid-20th century bathroom design is the use of the same tile on the walls and floor. This may be for the sake of economy, or for looks. Small scale tile, such as the 1-inch mosaic dots used in a white bathroom in my Contemporary Bathroom Fireplaces post, can be very effective. And using a variety to sizes to create a gorgeous monochrome tile pattern like the one in my Gray Marble Bathroom post is something of an art form for traditional baths.… Continue Reading