Does Your Bathroom De-Stress You?

Bathroom with Sliding Barn Door
I’m usually quite partial to sleek lines, minimalist furniture, and futuristic kitchen appliances. In fact, I drool over the Ikea catalog each season. But, in New York City some spaces are too styled. Every high rise lobby is outfitted in mid-century modern seating, decorated with an abstract painting, or has chrome details…lots of them.

That’s why I can understand why this Brooklyn family renovated their home to give off a warm, cozy, farmhouse feel to contrast with their busy and chaotic lives in the city. While the entire home is beautiful, I was especially impressed with how they pulled off an inviting, hospitable, and serene bathroom without being sterile.

Beautiful All White Bathroom

1. Barn Door: Wow. This door, reappropriated from a sheep farm in New Hamsphire, is the focal point and pièce de résistance of not just the bathroom, but the room surrounding it. By carefully staining and constructing it to slide and fit in the space, the owners brought the area to life with love and care.

2. All White Details: When in doubt, clean white vanities, a fresh coat of white paint, and storage will make any bathroom look comfortable and soothing. Brushed nickel details such as the towel hooks, pull out magnifying mirrors, and faucets make you and your guests feel like it’s a hotel. The freshly laundered towels folded on a simple white wooden shelf contribute to this feel.

3. Lots of light: What if your bathroom doesn’t have any windows? Dark bathrooms are the worst, especially if you’re trying to shave or apply makeup in the morning. It’s a bit hard to see, but on the leftmost side of the second photo, you can glimpse the floor to ceiling panel of floorblasted glass. This frosted effect allows natural light from the living room to encompass the bathroom, without revealing anything too…private. That would be awkward.

4. Vase by the door: Okay, so technically this detail is outside the bathroom, but by placing a beautifully curated floor vase by the door, a quite welcoming effect ensues. This vase almost says, “Here you are about to enter into a beautiful, tranquil experience.” Talk about making the most of a situation! How it’s designed is quite clever and effortless – large white coffee table books (we spot one about Dali!) and organic decorative branches add texture and layers to the entrance piece.

5. Large floor tiles: The sand colored tiles are gorgeous in their own right, but the takeaway here is large, square floor tiles. No more of that 12″ x 12″ crap. Especially if you have a small bathroom, larger tiles will actually give it the visual effect of being more spacious. Here, no matter what texture or color you select, these jumbo tiles fit perfectly in line with the luxurious yet laid back style of this farmhouse oasis in Brooklyn.

Even looking at these photos had a calming effect on me. Does your own home feel like an oasis from the area where you live? What elements of your home automatically relax or de-stress you once you get home?

(Photos via Design Sponge)

This post entitled Does Your Bathroom De-Stress You? is a post from the Kitchen Cabinet Kings Blog. Kitchen Cabinet Kings is one of the largest distributors of kitchen and bathroom cabinets on the internet.

New Bathroom Design Trends in 2012

We went over New Kitchen Design Trends in 2012 and this week, we are going to talk about what bathroom design trends are hot right now in 2012. Bathroom cabinet and vanity design continues to evolve in new and exciting ways. Check out these cutting-edge trends to discover the perfect look for your newly remodeled bathroom.

A New Take on Laminates

If the idea of laminated cabinets makes you cringe, think again. Updated laminates include eye-catching woven or interlocking designs, interesting exotic woods and textured metal patterns.

Vertical Cabinets

As minimalist looks continue to gain popularity, vertical cabinets are being used to increase storage without cluttering the clean lines of modern bathrooms. Integrate vertical cabinets into a traditional vanity, or use tall, freestanding cabinets to create a stylized, industrial look.

Mini Cabinets

Perfect for powder rooms or extreme modern looks, mini cabinets and vanities in unusual finishes or dimensions provide a focal point along with space for the essentials in even the smallest rooms or most minimalist settings.

Floating Vanities

Vanities created from mounting cabinets above the floor continue to be a strong trend in bathroom design. Floating vanities are often paired with tall cabinets to increase storage while retaining a strikingly current look. Unexpected accent lighting below the cabinet boxes creates visual interest.

Furniture Details

Especially when combined with modern materials or contemporary designs, architectural elements create transitional looks that deliver the best of both worlds. Choose cabinets embellished with decorative moldings or table legs to create a vanity that resembles an antique dresser or buffet.

Frameless Cabinets

Frameless cabinetry has long been a hot trend in kitchen cabinets, and it’s being seen more often in baths as well. The sleek lines of smoothly fitting doors are visually pleasing, and the construction allows for larger drawers and increased ease of access.

Integrated Handles

Fussy hardware vanishes in this cabinet style, in which drawer pulls and handles are incorporated into the surface of the doors. High-end European looks are achieved with cabinets that incorporate stainless steel or aluminum into the handle design.

Clever Accessories

Contemporary kitchen cabinet staples including rollout bins and tip-out drawers are a cutting-edge addition to bathroom cabinets. Roll-out bins are perfect for storing toiletries and towels, appliance garages manage electrical devices in one central location, and tip-out drawers keep toothbrushes, paste and floss conveniently handy and out of sight.

Modern Medicine Cabinets

More than a mirrored box on the wall, new medicine cabinets are incorporating entertainment features including televisions and MP3 docking stations. Other options include refrigerated or locking compartments for storing sensitive medications and soft-close doors.

Rustic Cabinets

Rustic bathroom vanities made of or made to resemble reclaimed wood are a hot design trend this year. Rustic freestanding vanities may use glass-fronted cabinet doors or eliminate doors entirely in favor of drawers combined with openwork shelving.

Warm Finishes

Dark cabinets continue to set the bar for the ultimate in luxury and state-of-the-art design, but that doesn’t necessarily mean strictly modern. Cabinets in deep cherry or mahogany finishes work equally well in traditional and transitional design and add a hint of warmth to sleek contemporary interiors.

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