When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, a lot of people get caught up in worries about resale value issues and thus wind up with something quite blah. The truth is that a lot of trends come and go, and a perfectly plain and popular standard overmount sink that’s the only option available one year can be passé just a few years later when undermount sinks are all the rage; that polished nickel you loved so much and seemed like a no-brainer may fall out of fashion like brass did after the 1980s (brass is back, by the way). No matter how exquisite you found your ever-popular granite pick, the next year marble and Caesarstone could come in and kick it right out of Elle Decor forever.
Depressing, right? Nah. When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, if you’re not planning on moving within five years, go ahead and do what you love.
Go mad with marble:
photo by Roger Davies for Architectural Digest
Avant-garde design goddess Kelly Wearstler designed this gorgeous bathroom for her daughter. The walls and floor are covered in an eye-popping inlaid marble pattern.
photo by Eric Piasecki for Architectural Digest
In interior designer David Kleinberg’s own apartment he went for striped marble, down the floor, and up the vanity, backsplash, shower stall and wall.
My calculator exploded when I tried to add up how much the marble in those two bathrooms cost, but they are beautiful inspiration.
Add unique lighting:
Photos by Sean Fennessy, production–Lucy Feagins / The Design Files
In a playful nod to Magritte, these bowler hats dangle over a freestanding bathtub with modern lines.
Warm up neutrals with lots of texture:
photo by Noah Webb
Coastal Modern master Tim Clarke warmed up a neutral-colored bathroom with pebbled shower walls. They lend an outdoor shower feel to this spacious shower stall.
Add unique artwork and accent pieces:
In addition to the brightly colored patterned tile, the homeowner’s patina style dressing table, lady in bright yellow portrait and lucite stool add loads of personality to this delightful bathroom. I would never want to leave it!
Paint a vintage clawfoot tub an unexpected color:
photo by James Merrell for Living Etc.
I also love the way they’ve added this unique schoolhouse map as art. It’s something that is easy to switch out if you’re tired of the bathroom.
What would you do if money/resale/reality in general were no object in your bathroom?