Bathroom remodeling has taken on special emphasis these days; driven not only by the current housing market but also somehow bathrooms have become a “status symbol” within today’s well appointed homes. Whatever the cause, it is undeniable that bathrooms are garnering more attention these days. So it was only fitting that I put together a catalog cover shoot focusing on the bathroom.
Whether the goal of your bathroom remodel is resale or you are updating for personal use, lighting is one of the most important elements to consider in these makeovers. Obviously, you need good “task” lighting in your bathrooms (make-up, shaving etc.) but these days people are putting more into their bathroom remodels. They are putting their own personality into these rooms as well. Master baths, guest baths, even half baths are being decorated in concert with the rest of the house. For relatively little money you can make your bathroom look really special by making it personal.
In creating my “Bath Dreams 2011” theme for our current catalog, I wanted something luxurious yet simple. The dripping crystal chandelier and matching dripping crystal wall sconce express perfectly the mood I wanted to create. They look fabulous and they give me my “layers of light” which as you know, is so essential for a good lighting design. And while these lights look so undeniably rich, they are actually exceptionally well priced!
Continuing on with this theme of a dream bath that was luxurious, simple and uncluttered, I added just the barest of essentials: a fabulous hand-knotted Ousak rug (link). This rug has all my spa colors: turquoise, a soft sand color and a buttery cream color. Not only is this rug gorgeous, it is luxuriously plush and feels so good under foot. It is just about the only thing that could get me out of this dream bath!
I added a very beautiful and versatile Zen garden stool and to help me relax, a water inspired painting by a local artist, Fran Reidelbach. I finished things off with my favorite oversized soft towels under the watchful eye of my guard dog! And now I am oh so ready for a good relaxing soak!
So go ahead, make yourself a dream bathroom! Make the bathroom look more spa-like and less utilitarian. Do it for yourself, creating an oasis that you can escape to after a long hard day; or for your guests because let’s face it; most of your guests are going to ask to use the bathroom eventually!