While we acknowledge that our firm has a distinct aesthetic, we strive to interpret it differently with each client and to express their individual style while meeting their practical needs. That said, we certainly have a list of our favorite vendors, materials, and even pieces that we know will deliver the right combination of style and function every time. From tile to plumbing fixtures to lighting and more, here are a few materials that we reach for over and over again in bathroom design because, well, they just work.
We can't talk about bathroom counters without talking about durability and Quartz is second to none. It'll stand up to just about anything with literally no maintenance. But, that's not the only reason we use it over and over (though it's certainly a selling point!). It comes in as many iterations, colors, and styles as we can dream up, and when you combine an exceptional product with creative and competent tradesmen, we know we'll be able to deliver a one-of-a-kind look with practicality that can't be beat.
Even in the tiniest bathroom, the key to having enough storage and function is custom cabinetry. When we remodel a space, we painstakingly work with our clients and tradesmen to make sure every item has a home and the cabinetry is designed to take function to the next level! But of course we want to make it beautiful, too! We've done all shades of beautiful painted finishes but at the moment, textural wood tones have our heart, like this stunning oak vanity, above. We used this oak into the adjacent custom closet, so even though it isn't a huge room, it functions like a dream and feels like a chic boutique hotel.
Tile takes up so much of the visual space in a bathroom and we love using it to make a big design statement. We're all enamored with handmade tile at the moment, which is just the thing to give a space a tonal, textural moment. Natural stone mosaics, rectangular tile laid in interesting patterns, or tile in a bold or unexpected color (especially in a kids' bath!) are all ways to make a statement with this versatile material.
Polished Nickel Plumbing Fixtures
It's hard to get more time-tested than a polished nickel faucet, and we're here for it. The finish is created by plating nickel over brass, which gives it a really warm appearance, even though it is silver in color. This sophisticated metal looks beautiful with most countertops and wood tones and pairs nicely with other metals like brass and bronze. Though it is considered a traditional finish, it's available in plenty of modern profiles and is truly the jewelry of the bath!
Nothing brings personality into a room quite like wallpaper, and a small space like a powder bath is the perfect spot to take a design risk. Especially when paired with a wainscot, it can be super affordable, too, and in a powder, there's no need to worry about excessive moisture. We've also added paper in several kids' baths, where we can have fun with whimsy and color.
One of our most-used mixed metal combinations is polished nickel and brass. They both have a warm undertone so they look nice together, and brass looks great whether the profile is sleek and modern or more traditional. If the plumbing fixtures are polished nickel, we might add brass in the mirror, lighting, or cabinet hardware.
Adding vintage or one-of-a-kind accessories gives any space instant soul, and that's especially important in a new bathroom that's full of brand-new, slick finishes. I love adding a vintage rug for color and pattern (just do your best to keep wet feet off it) but vintage art, pottery, and trays are also wonderful additions.
Marble is definitely not for everyone, as it is more high maintenance than its manmade counterparts. But if a client insists, we usually try to steer them toward using it in the bath, where it's easier to maintain. There's no denying the luxury factor that marble brings, so it's a go-to for our clients seeking a serene, spa-like bath.
Mixing metal finishes can be tricky to pull off, but it can mean the difference in a room that is a bit one-note, and one that feels layered and interesting. Typically, we stick to one finish for all of the plumbing fixtures, then mix in another for the lighting and accessories. Depending on the size of the room, we may use a third finish in a small dose.
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