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Features in bathrooms such as tile, sinks, faucets, shower fixtures, lighting, hardware and decorative accents.

Bathroom Wallpaper Classics

bathroom wallpaper - Thibaut Tanzania wallpaper, black on cream - Jessica Claire via Atticmag

Some designers favor bathroom wallpaper for its power to add color, pattern and a specific style to a bath.

Bathrooms are often difficult to decorate because, on average, they tend to be smaller than other rooms and their functional elements often chop things up. But an overall wallpaper pattern can be a unifying feature in a bath, in addition to adding visual interest.

I’m often surprised — though I shouldn’t be — at the sheer numbers of wallpapers on the market.When I see one I particularly like it’s often impossible to locate the source, at least online. And wallpaper is an area where young designers are weighing in with new patterns — most recently I received images of 3D wallpapers generated by a design group in New York.… Continue Reading

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French Door Shower

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In a vintage-look bathroom, a French door shower partition was created from a salvage door.

Renovated baths can get interesting when the owners are vintage furniture dealers and stylists like Brady and Tiffany Ross, of Frisco, Texas who posted photos of their home on houzz. The shower partition [top] garnered instant buzz due to the appealing look and the budge-wise approach. A salvaged French door, with divided lights, was painted, waterproofed and installed as a fixed partition.

Because details are important when you want to “steal” a look, the owner was generous enough to explain that the shower measures 60-inches long by  30-inches wide — a standard size for a small bath.… Continue Reading

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Steel Bucket Bathroom Sinks

steel bucket bathroom sinks - steel bucket used as a sink on a polished concrete counter top - Studio Carver via Atticmg

My list of attractive and affordable building materials includes steel bucket bathroom sinks.

Among the favorite posts here on Atticmag was my piece on a Connecticut farm house Washtub Sink Laundry Room with hidden appliances and a oval galvanized steel bucket used as a sink. So imagine my Eureka! moment when I came across three steel bucket bathroom sinks — the same idea used in bathrooms.

A quick search for “galvanized steel buckets” yields a variety of old-fashioned milk-pail shapes and sizes ranging in price from under $10 to $200. That’s great news for anyone who is budget-minded and has the means to drill the bottom of the bucket so it can be properly fit with a drain.… Continue Reading

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Traditional Bathroom Fireplaces

traditional bathroom fireplaces - vintage fireplace in a renovated European bath - housetohome via atticmag

I always enjoy seeing traditional bathroom fireplaces — in older homes or in new homes.

I also wonder when baths like the renovated gray and white beauty [top] were redone and how that room was used in the past. But practically speaking, it doesn’t matter. The idea is to consider the baths as we find them and understand the ideas that make them notable.

Telltale signs of a European location in the white and gray bath are clear. First, there’s the style of the toilet with the tank on top. The seat also is one seen in France — a photo in Allison’s Tiling with Pennies post noted that the commode had been imported.… Continue Reading

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Brass Revival Bathrooms

brass bathroom fixtures - John Derian's bath with white tile, dark grout and brass sink and shower fixtures - elledecor via atticmag

Brass bathroom fixtures belong to a warm family of metals that includes copper, bronze and gold tones.

The default white tile bathroom was first revised when the fashion for using gray, black or brown grout (in place of white grout) came over from Scandinavia and England.  Another logical way to progress the look is to switch from the usual chrome and nickel to brass bathroom fixtures in the sink and shower. A metal with a warm tone, brass (made from copper and zinc) is a living finish that will patina. It’s nearly indestructible (hence its used as the base metal for high end faucets) and it was out of fashion for so long it was a logical choice to rebound. … Continue Reading

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Bathroom Accent Wall

bathroom accent wall - cement tile mosaic in a border - hotel de gantes via atticmag

No element gives a bath more individuality or style than well designed tile.

The concept of an accent wall is familiar in a bedroom, living room or dining room. There, no one hesitates to use contrasting paint, wallpaper, stenciling or even an arrangement of pictures to create a focal point. A bathroom accent wall is a different story because it would likely be tile. That requires a special design and makes it a more costly than a wall of big box subways. It also requires an aesthetic plan to justify the additional outlay.

Tile design is a little known specialty often ignored both by professionals and DIY practitioners.… Continue Reading

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