I am a big believer that your surroundings can enhance how you live and boost your mood. I’ve experienced it first hand in my own home. I think every room in your home should reflect your own unique style and feel personal. No matter what your budget, there are plenty of things you can do to accomplish this. This week, I shared the reveal of our bathroom makeover and this is a great example. Thank you for all your sweet comments on the blog and social. You sure do know how to make a girl blush!
Utilitarian spaces like bathrooms and kitchens are bred out of necessity, but often times get overlooked in the details. When you think about how often you use these spaces in your day-to-day, why not give them some personality and a dose of major style?
I am a sucker for a high-end space. The finishes, the fixtures, the decor. I like nice things, but I often search for items at thrift stores, flea markets, and online sites to score these objects for much less.
I got thinking…
A lot of the things I do to design a space come naturally to me, but then I thought…Hey! What if my readers don’t think like I do? Maybe they can benefit and apply some of these ideas into their own spaces.
So, are you game for some tips and tricks to create a cohesive look, get great storage, and some decorating ideas to really make your bathroom a jaw-dropper?! Oh, and I broke this up into a two-part series, because I guess I have a lot to say on the matter.
10 TIPS TO GIVE YOUR BATHROOM HIGH END STYLE • PART ONE
ONE | IT BEGINS WITH THE DESIGN.
One of the biggest tips I tell people who want a high-end look is to get inspired by SOMETHING and to JUST BE YOU. Don’t follow trends just for the sake of being trendy. Chose what you love and it will always be in style.
I usually start with one thing. Either a piece of decor, something I saw while out and about, or an everyday object. For our bathroom, it was the classic look of a Chanel No. 5 bottle.
Yes, I designed a room around the bottle. The simplicity of black and white lettering, the gold color of the perfume and wrapping, and the crystal of the bottle were the foundation for our bathroom design. This decided our base colors of black and white with touches of gold and clear accents.
Also, it is really important to keep in mind the flow of your house. I wanted this room to compliment the other spaces we have finished, so the Chanel bottle inspiration was the perfect jumping off point. I added in unifying pieces like the Carrara marble and modern gold fixtures to give it a cohesive look and flow to rest of the house. High-end style always works in natural materials. Selecting hard surfaces like natural stone, will add richness to your design. Even if you can only afford to use them sparingly.
Get your design selections down in the beginning. High-end spaces always have a solid foundation.
TWO | USE UNEXPECTED VESSELS FOR STORING ITEMS.
High-end bathrooms are unique, out of the ordinary. As it comes time to accessorize your bathroom, storage is such a big part of that. A lot of times, the beauty of storage gets overlooked; it’s an afterthought. The regular response is to purchase those plastic bins and call it a day. I look at storage needs as an opportunity to add in beautiful objects that will only enhance your space and still meet your needs. Having a collection of beautiful bowls, trays, and bins gives your space high-end appeal.
A marble canister can hold travel size toiletries and a mortar and pestle can hold Q-tips. See objects in new ways and have fun! Use china plates to hold soap. Select unique trays to corral items on top of counters and toilets. Glass canisters in cabinets and on shelves can hold your soaps, bath salts, and sea sponges. Thrift stores and places like Ebay and Craigslist are great places to find these quality treasures and you don’t have to spend that much. I suggest pulling items from around your house first, before you go out and buy. Keep in mind to include colors that work with your design and pull plenty of various sizes. With the exception of just two items, all the above came from a house hunt.
THREE | ADD IN LIFE.
Oh, I’m giggling. I love that movie and I love that quote! One of the easiest things you can do to achieve high-end style is add in some life. I love flowers, but you may not want to spring for new blooms every week. Potted plants are great too. Every great interior has a form of life. A touch of nature is always a good idea.
FOUR | ADD IN FURNITURE.
Along the same lines as using beautiful objects for storage, you can add furniture into your bathroom. This will give your space a high-end, collected vibe. Often times, people purchase the main pieces like a sink vanity, toilet, and tub and call it a day. Adding a piece of furniture can offer function and style to your bathroom. Some people are really hesitant to do this if they have a small bathroom or a very humid space. Options like garden stools are great and useful in bathrooms and can take the moisture. If your space is big enough you can get away with a wooden chest or cupboard.
In our bathroom, I opted to use that little brass and marble table. It doubles as a stand to use next to the bathtub. Also, it is a beautiful accent that just adds to the collected feel of the room.
FIVE | USE SENTIMENTAL OBJECTS.
Great rooms always have meaning to the ones that live in them. A good designer always designs for the people who live in the space. Yes, in magazines they are styled to perfection and for the camera, but those spaces always have sentiment and thoughtful details that make them shine. My best tip for a high-end bathroom is to make it personal.
Adding in your initials on a monogrammed towel is always a lovely touch. In our bathroom, I also added a photograph of our own to our black and white collection. No one would know it’s us unless they had seen it before, but that shot of the shoes is from our 10 year anniversary. It makes me smile every time I see it.
I also used a marble canister that was my Grandma’s for storage in our bathroom too. Just a little heirloom touch that is extra special.
Next Friday, I will share Part Two of this series with 5 more tips to give your bathroom high-end style.
I still have plenty of things to share about our bathroom makeover, including some DIY projects and a couple more products that are making life easier around here. I’ll be mixing them into the weeks ahead. There’s a lot going on here to share besides the bathroom, so I am going to try each week to mix it up.
10 tips to give your bathroom high end style Part Two:
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