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.

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) 2012 Recap

Kitchen Cabinet Kings attended The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Chicago. While the overall show appeared to have been downsized, there was still a great turn out. Vendors and manufacturers from all aspects of home remodeling came together to showcase their products; there were cabinets, vanities, sinks, and accessories as far as the eye could see. Each display uniquely planned and perfectly placed, showcasing the up and coming trends in all things kitchen and bath. The sheer magnitude of the space was amazing, but what was truly impressive was the detail of the products.

The most prevalent and some of the most interesting items were the kitchen and bathroom sinks! This staple seems standard and simple; however, some of the designs were anything but, transforming this traditional necessity into an awe inspiring accessory. The displays showed sinks that ranged from industrial to refined using colors from gold to green. Two of the most prevalent sinks at the show were vessel sinks and copper, apron/farm sinks. We are now a huge fan of both items for different reasons.

The vessel sink is ideal to incorporate into your bathroom. These sinks sit directly atop your vanity and can be as simple or as ornate as you wish. They are also perfect for tiny bathrooms, as they do not require much space. There were countless manufacturers with endless options for these counter top sinks. Whether you have a specific idea or none whatsoever, there is definitely a vessel sink that would suite your style. One sink that stood out was this gorgeous, green glass sink in the shape of a leaf. It was flatter and longer than your average vessel sink, but it’s individuality was eye catching. If you are someone who is always looking for the next best thing, then this is it!

Copper was also a favored material in the sink department. Many of the apron and farm house sinks were constructed using this red tinted, rustic metal. Many metal sinks are known for their simplicity and smooth surfaces; however, part of the beauty of these copper sinks, is that manufacturer’s have taken a different approach. Some of the sinks shown had engravings, indents, and even patterns. This added a nice touch of design.

These are just two examples from one tiny aspect of a very large show! There was much more about KBIS that we thoroughly enjoyed, and we will be writing as much as we can to make you feel as if you were there!

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