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Steer clear of these 6 bath design trends

Enormous bath tubs

For decades we all heard we needed to have an enormous, master bath tub for resale. While you may have never get into it, the next owners will. Unfortunately they won’t either and I seriously doubt being sans tub will be a deal breaker. If you are a bath taker, opt for a smaller profile free standing tub or a standard size drop in. Under no circumstance, add steps. The safest way to get into a tub is to sit on the edge and swing your legs over.

Large tub with step

Bright colors

Some people think intense colors are a great way to jazz up a neutral bath. Bright colors can feel overwhelming and can be reflected back onto your skin or cause issues with color matching. Choose a calming spa like color that works with your tile. Some of my favorites Sherwin Williams “Sea Salt” or Benjamin Moore “Silver Crest”. Consider an accent rug or a bright shower curtain if you are looking for ways to add color.

Bright color bathroom

Busy patterns

Wallpaper in a bath can be fabulous. Bold patterns work well in powder rooms where the occupant isn’t spending a lot of time. Master and guest baths though should feel subtle in texture or tone on tone patterns.

Busy bath wallpaper

Pedestal sinks

While they look attractive, pedestal sinks don’t offer any storage, especially in a bath that’s used for bathing. Their limited surface doesn’t leave much room to spread out grooming tools such a hair dryer or even a razor and shaving cream. The most versatile and valued solution is a vanity cabinet outfitted with an under mount sink.

Pedestal sink with no storage

Protruding wall cabinets

Wall hung cabinets make an already small space seem even smaller since they project into the room at eye level. Opt for a recessed cabinet with a mirror to make the bath feel larger or even open shelves for an updated feel.

Wall hung bath cabinet

Too much tile

Decorative tile is fine in small doses, but covering the entire bathroom is too distracting. Competing tile sizes and patterns create the same issue. Tiling a bath completely, which allows for easy care, can be attractive when large format tiles of the same pattern and color are used.

Bathroom tile

Mr. H says: If you forgo a bath long enough, even the fleas will leave you alone-Enjoy!

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Six Easy Powder Room Updates

A powder room makeover is an easy weekend design project that can create high style in a petite space.  These are six budget friendly tips for transforming a powder room.

Add a new mirror

In a small space, a mirror can be a an amazing focal point if it looks like a piece of art.

Currey & Company

Give the walls a fresh coat of paint

Welcome guests with a new paint color.  Even the slightest change makes a big impact.

Desert Domicile

Add a rug

This colorful kilim rug turns a neutral bath up a notch.

Room & Board

Change out the lighting

While a powder room need not be over-lit, most powder rooms suffer with only a single bar light above the mirror.   In this bath, a crystal ceiling fixture applied on top of the mirror is all glamour.

Martin Design Studios

Paper the walls

While a more expensive fix, hanging wallpaper can make a dramatic statement in a small space

Thibaut “Maryse”

Include some colorful hand towels

Treat guests to a color punch with these cheerful striped towels.

West Elm

Mr. H says:  Sometimes you can find poetry written right on the bathroom wall-Enjoy!

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Among the Ginkgo Leaves

The ancient Ginkgo biloba is a unique species of tree with no close living relative. Used as a food source and in traditional medicine the Ginkgo leaf has also become an on trend design motif

Kendal James

The symbol of Tokyo is a ginkgo leaf

This revered fan shape leaf is interpreted in a variety of home fashion

Ginkgo trees survived the 1945 atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima, Japan

Gingko pillow

Ginkgo bilboa is a symbol of longevity, hope and peace.

Artful Home

Mr. H says: Trees stand long after we are dust-Enjoy!

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Wallpaper is Hot!

Our Facebook question of the day was paint, wallpaper or faux finish on your walls?  I’m curious to see how many of my friends actually like wallpaper.   As a designer I encourage my clients to use wallpaper especially in baths and laundry rooms.

Check out this powder room on Daniel Island where we used a Seabrook wallpaper.  The subtle design complements the decorative tile.

Daniel Island Designer Wallpaper
J. Rhodes Interior Design

Photo credit: Rod Pasibe

One of my go to wallpaper companies is Thibaut

An elegant living room:

Thibaut wallpaper

A gorgeous bath:

Thibaut wallpaper

Mr. H says: White walls may seem like a relief, however please reconsider-Enjoy!