Bathroom decor: Sophisticated charm
For most people, bathroom style is all about the tubs, the taps and the tiles, but Vancouver designer Andrea Johnson prefers to think outside the big bath stores. “Bathrooms can often be so stark and utilitarian,” she says. “Although they need to serve a purpose, I love the idea of adding extra decorative elements to make them feel more beautiful than functional,” she says.
So when it came time to renovate her own master ensuite last summer, Andrea’s inspiration went beyond the clichéd spa look. “I wanted it to feel like an extension of my bedroom,” she says.
Soft accents like the drapery and the
graphic rug add to the
feminine boudoir charm.
One of the key design elements that takes the space from banal bathroom to luxe retreat is the herringbone-patterned floor. "I love this tile because it looks a bit like wood," says Andrea. "As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to lay it in a herringbone pattern. It's a great way to customize a basic tile and make it look more expensive."
Instead of splurging on a custom vanity, Andrea ordered this standard big box version online and replaced the existing hardware with antique-look brass handles for a one-of-a-kind feel.
Including warm metals to the vanity with this vanity tray soften the space. "You're looking at a lot of hard surfaces in the bathroom, so bringing in curves gives it a feminine quality," says Andrea.
Tiled shower patterns
"I used basic white subway tile for the shower walls but added a Ming green marble accent to give it a special feel," says Andrea. "It's an inexpensive way to bring in some colour and pattern."
Warm metals, like the gold-framed side table, add glamour to the bathroom without it feeling utilitarian. The vase, the jar and the book add a sophisticated element to the sanctuary.