Bathroom Design
Compact Space With Personality

Even the smallest of bathrooms can still exude luxury and a spa like atmosphere when the finishes are kept simple and in a monotone color. The trick to small spaces is to still have lots of storage while not taking away prescious floor space with the storage. In this bathroom we installed wooden cubbies in a manner that also served as shelves for towels; there is a recessed medicine cabinet with a built in mirror which is a timeless piece for this bathroom that was originally built in 1925!

The wainscott adds to the historic feel of the bathroom and a built in cabinet opposite from the vanity serves as additional storage and countertop space. The simple white and cream color pallette gives this bathroom a spa type feel while the glass mosaic floor tile in a blue green tone add a little splash of color.

Period appropriate light fixtures, plumbing fixtures and accent hardware complete the space in addition to a custom made soft fold roman shade and [not pictured] a custom made shower curtain.

Bussell Interior's work and design of this bathroom was published in Trends Magazine and it is a perfect example that a luxury look can be created without the need for a high end luxury budget.

Ugly Bath No More

In 2009 Bussell Interiors participated in "The Ugly Bath Contest" which was an event sponsored by varous members of YCCA. The winners of the contest were announced at the 2009 YCCA Home and Garden Show and Bussell Interiors donated their time to come up with a new design and layout for the bathroom as well as assisted the homeowners in selecting all of the finishes for their bathroom to transform their bathroom into a dream room.

Originally the plan was to just update and replace the finishes however when Bussell Interiors saw the space it was determined that the best way to make this bathroom function for the entire family would be to also create direct access from the master bedroom into the space.

Treating an Existing Drywall Arch

Sometimes we are brought in to create function and make design sense of existing structural elements. This bathroom is a prime example. We created a functional vanity area with custom built shelving that works as "columns" for the existing drywall arch. A decorative glass mosaic on the wall is a nice backdrop for the custom framed mirror.

Simple Materials Can Create a WOW Look

In this bathroom the use of 18" x 18" light travertine on the walls cut into pieces 9"high and installed in a "broken bond" pattern lends the look of old world stone.The simple moorish arch of the window was duplicated at the custom door for this shower which also functioned as a steam room.

The only contrasting treatment is the darker travertine boarder used on the floor and also the insert of the floor was set in a diagonal pattern.

You do not always need to mix materials to create a wow look. Simply changing the shape the materials will suffice.

New Twist on Medicine Cabinets and Mirrors

Medicine cabinets can be too small at times and there is a limitation on the decorative aspects to many ready-made cabinets.

For additional storage we like to install upper cabinets at each end of a vanity and place them on raised pedistals of the backsplash with outlets under each one.

Obscure glass in the cabinet doors completes the look while a large framed mirror hung on the wall in the center adds an elegent touch.

With so many beautifully framed mirrors available these days it will certainly 'date" your interiors if a mirror is glued to the wall above your vanity area.

Thinking Outside The Box

Powder Rooms are spaces where personal taste can certainly be expressed.

In this room the homeowner's passion for contemporary design as well as black and white photograpy were combined to create a mini "art gallery".

A stainless steel workbench functions as the vanity; a vessel bowl and faucet complete the look along with the stained concrete floors.




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