Have you seen the July 2017 issue of M Magazine? One of our beautiful master bathroom remodels is featured on pages 56-58!
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It’s time to take the principles of “classic style,” a topic we’ve covered in the past, and apply them to the bathroom. How can you create a bathroom that stands the test of time and offers flexibility to tie in with changing trends? Simplicity and quality products are the key. Bartelt shares tips and examples to create a classic look.
For a clean and elegant look, basketweave, hexagon, or herringbone tile patterns are timeless, adding texture to the floor. Keep it simple with black and white or all white with a contrasting grout. Choose a creative mosaic pattern. Select a classic Carrara or Calacatta marble or maybe a travertine. There are many opportunities to showcase your style through these time-honored options.
Simple drywall will never go out of style, but if you’re looking to add some character to your space without getting too trendy or ornate, there are many options. Subway tile, beadboard, and wainscoting are just a few examples of architectural details that add interest, but don’t overpower the room.
Many homeowners either opt for a furniture-style vanity or no vanity at all. First, let’s examine what we mean by “furniture-style.” These vanities often look like freestanding pieces of furniture, featuring details such as legs, feet, varying heights and depths, inset drawers and doors, and base molding with a recessed toe kick. They can be a new, custom piece or a reclaimed piece of furniture. Another classic look is a pedestal sink or wall-hung lavatory. Above the vanity, recessed medicine cabinets can be a nod to a bygone era as well as wall-mounted faucets.
To create a classic look, use historic finishes. Polished nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze are often popular choices for plumbing fixtures and knobs. Marble, travertine, white painted woodwork, and dark wood tones are also examples of finishes that stand the test of time.
There are many options to create a timeless, yet modern shower – frameless shower doors, subway tile, marble, a bench, built-in niches, and a series of hand sprays and shower heads are just a few selections. The bathtub is another opportunity to insert a classic flair. Freestanding tubs, especially claw-foot tubs, remain the hallmark of a classic bathroom. They add an air of luxury and are available in many shapes and sizes to suit your style. Add water supplies and tub controls on risers that come off the floor for a complete classic look!
For your light fixtures, consider restoring an antique chandelier and sconces or choosing lights that mimic the style of a vintage fixture.
We have reached the final section of our three-part discussion on timeless design. After focusing on your remodel’s layout and flow, it’s time to concentrate on the details. Although there are many style possibilities for your home, one that seems to be the most approachable is a classic style. It’s an option that stands the test of time and offers flexibility, allowing you to change your home’s look with accessories and fixtures.
When a home has too many ornate details, it can quickly become dated. Consider using clean lines and understated architectural details. For instance, a timeless kitchen often features inset doors rather than raised panel doors (traditional) or flat panel doors (modern). In a classic home, you may also see elements that add interest without overpowering the space, such as coffered ceilings, wainscoting, furniture-style toe kicks, and crown molding.
Opt for a neutral palette.
“Neutral” is not necessarily a synonym for “boring” or “bland.” Actually, neutrals often have a strong presence in a classic style home. Beiges, grays, whites, off-whites – they are all common options and can be spiced up with trend colors through accessories or other items that are easy to adjust, if desired. You can also combine different neutrals or play with textures to create interest. Using the kitchen as an example again, many homeowners will mix white perimeter cabinetry with a stained island to keep it classic, yet add some variation.
Use quality, classic materials.
Classic style has “staying power,” so you want to ensure the materials you choose were made to last and won’t look passé in a few years. Here are some examples of classic products and materials for two popular rooms in the home:
In the kitchen:
In the bathroom:
Check out two of Bartelt’s recent bathroom remodels in the “Dwellings” section of M Magazine’s June 2013 issue. Both Matt Retzak and Mary Sweet are quoted, discussing the features of the updated spaces.
See the “Dwellings” section, pages 75 – 79, here.
Bathrooms have become much more than a simple place to bathe, brush your teeth, and use the commode. They have evolved into luxury spaces, a ‘getaway’ for homeowners looking to unwind. Learn how you can create a personal retreat in the article “Bathe in Luxury” starting on page 14 of 30West magazine where our designer, Mary Sweet, is quoted again.
See the article here.