Washstand – A classic washstand can elevate a plain sink into something more interesting while adding a sense of space. In this smart powder room, it works perfectly with the vintage-style faucets, checkerboard floor tile and subway wall tile. A hexagonal mirror and armed wall lamps with shades also add a traditional touch.
Contrasting gray, black and white look crisp and clean in the new bathroom. jons112 installed beadboard on the lower half of the wall so the darker gray wouldn’t overpower the room. Saving money on stock tile from Lowe’s and a steel tub through his contractor allowed jons112 to splurge on a mirrored medicine cabinet from Pottery Barn, and on towel bars and a light fixture The original cast iron plumbing had to be replaced, but the rest of the shower just needed cosmetic changes.
Slipper tub – Free-standing bathtubs come in all shapes and sizes these days, but the slipper version offers a special kind of indulgence. Originally a Victorian design, it features a higher back at one end, which provides support as well as privacy when you sink into the bubbles, wallow and relax. This luxe room ups the traditional look further with a wall of oil paintings, a Victorian-style towel rail and a gleaming wooden floor. I love the floor-length curtains too.
Pedestal sink – Pedestal basins fell out of favor for a while. But they’re starting to look just right again, and it’s easy to see why. They have a period feel and simple lines, and this classic design effortlessly hides ugly pipes. If you have the space, two pedestals side by side can look particularly magnificent. And they work nicely with traditional beveled mirrors.
It seems every house hunter type of show I watch on television includes a couple who simply must have double sinks in the master bathroom. Is this some sort of relationship saver? I guess when you desperately want to brush your teeth and someone else is hogging up the sink with fifteen minutes of shaving it’s nice to be able to get your toothpaste and your gargle on at the same time.
Log – Take your bathroom back to nature with a wooden sink basin or vessel. Whether you have a found log custom-crafted into a sink, or a ready-made version from a store, make sure it has a polyurethane clear coat for durability. A substantial piece of wood like this can be very heavy — make sure it’s adequately supported on both the wall and floor.
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