Usually the smallest room in the house, bathrooms tend to be out of sight, out of mind, but decorate yours right and it can be your personal oasis. Picture yourself drawing a bath at the end of a long day, taking the time for some deep breaths, a glass of wine and a good book or starting your morning by putting on makeup in an atmosphere that could put even the busiest of people in Zen mode.
“The master bathroom in a home is a very important room, and you want to feel like you’re in a spa or in a great hotel,” said Gail Tarasoff of Anne Tarasoff Interiors, who designed the bathroom for a Hampton Designer Showhouse.
Tarasoff shared six tips on how Long Island Pulse readers can turn their bathrooms into a fresh, modern space for some well-deserved R&R.
Think outside the tiled box. With silver leaves and bits of branches on a beige background, the walls are subtly glamorous and completely calming. It’s not your typical wallpaper. “We had someone hand paint the wall,” Tarasoff said. “It added a touch of uniqueness. It’s relaxing.” The tub deck, a thick slab of wood instead of a tile that matches the walls and floors, adds another element of pleasant surprise.
What’s Old Is New Again
Tarasoff recommends Calacatta marble for a countertop. It’s all over Italy and is a trendy choice in the U.S. today. “I think it brings the old world and new world together. It’s old world in its look but has become very modern and well-used,” she said.
Get Some Sun (And Privacy)
A little sunlight at the right time can give your bathroom an elegant feel. It’s also a great way to give any plants you may have in the room a little TLC. A chrome bar allows the windows to swing open and shut, and a blue-black-and-white striped treatment is ready for when it is time to unwind with a bubble bath.
Let There Be Light…When You Want It
It’s great to be able to get a little sunlight, but of course that’s not enough.
“It’s important to make sure that you’re well-lit,” Tarasoff said. “It’s not a powder room, so you do need good lighting in a bathroom. You’re going to put on makeup.” There are lights on either side of the vanity mirror to help with primping and one over the bathtub for when you’re reading and relaxing. You can turn on or off as many as you would like. Consider getting dimmable bulbs so you can set the ambience. “You don’t want it bright all the time,” Tarasoff said.
Tarasoff always reaches for white towels, and who can blame her? It adds to that ideal great-hotel vibe. “These have a little accent of color, which I love,” she said. Buy in bulk, of course, because white towels tend to get a little dirty pretty quickly.
A couple extra trinkets can go a long way in making your master bathroom your own personal sanctuary. There’s a Buddha on the tub to promote tranquility, and framed paintings of orange flowers to give the mostly neutral room a pop of color. “The mannequin in the toilet room was a dressing room piece that added interest,” she said. As far as mirrors go, Tarasoff has been installing a bunch of hotel magnifying mirrors on walls lately. With LED lights and one side magnified for potential use during makeup and skincare applications, it’s “great to have in a bathroom,” she said.