October 22, 2013
I love designing bathrooms. It is an opportunity to create whatever is your heart's desire, whether it be a rich jewel box, a soothing spa retreat, a traditional, handsome, Tudor historical style or a funky, vintage, quirky bit of fun. You’re only limited by your imagination. Here are a few ideas about how I approach the design of one of the most important rooms in your home.
When designing bathrooms I use a multi-pronged approach. The first thing is to get the layout of the interior design right: the adjacencies, storage, the bathroom fixtures and all the required functions that need to be addressed. Next, we ask what kind of atmosphere, style, period, mood do you want to achieve? For instance, in the many bathrooms that I have designed there is usually a defining element that anchors the bathroom. Examples include the gold leaf cherry blossom mural in an oriental inspired bathroom for a young couple, or the toile wallpaper in a client’s French inspired condo, or the intricate, mosaic floor tiles and vintage open sink in another client’s powder room. These elements, as different as they are, make each of these bathrooms distinctive and original. Bathrooms, especially powder rooms, are a great opportunity to have fun and make a statement. I’ve designed very traditional ones and simple minimalist ones but the key to success is to address the functions and target a mood or atmosphere that you want to achieve.