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Country Cottage Chic for Your Bathroom

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Country cottage style gives a room, especially a bathroom, a charm that is bright and refreshing. Because it has roots in traditional styles that were adapted and altered to reflect new geographical regions and landscapes, country cottage is welcoming, relaxing and comforting. Lines, forms and profiles are simplified, evoking easier times and lifestyles lived at a slower pace than ours – the perfect mood for a bathroom.

 Country Cottage Fixtures 

The fixtures in your country cottage bathroom should have a timeless, vintage feel to them. The focal point of any bathroom is equally shared by the bathtub and the vanity, but in a country cottage style bathroom, it’s essential that these two areas accurately capture the spirit of our overall design. Don’t panic if you can’t do anything about the tub itself. You can do a lot to change the look of the tub or a furniture piece simply by accessorizing. More on that later. 

Avanity Beverly White Single Bathroom Vanity with Black Granite Top

Let’s start with the Avanity Beverly White Single Bathroom Vanity with Black Granite Top. While the granite top gives the vanity a touch of contemporary, the wainscoting definitely is all country cottage charm. Pair the bathroom vanity with a matching bathroom mirror to make the sink area more functional. 

Quoizel Kendall Bath Fixture with One Light

 To highlight the vanity and sink choose the Quoizel Kendall Bath Fixture with One Light, one on each side of the mirror. The scallop detailing on the shade will give the space a whimsical touch, while the espresso finish of the light fixture echoes the dark sheen of the vanity’s countertop. 

Powell Color Story Pure White Bath Curio

More wainscoting on the Powell Color Story Pure White Bath Curio picks up where the bathroom vanity leaves off. It also adds to the country cottage style with its scalloped apron and sides. Storage pieces are particularly important in country cottage design because they recreate the large built-in cupboards, alcoves and even window seats that were common architectural features of the bathrooms in older homes. 

Southern Enterprises White Arch Top Spacesaver Toilet Cabinet

For more storage and display solutions, the Southern Enterprises White Arch Top Spacesaver Toilet Cabinet conveniently utilizes the unused wall space above the toilet tank.

 The Country Cottage Palette

Pale pastoral hues, including soft greens and tranquil shades of blue are popular color choices for walls and fixtures. Pure whites and creams are also common wall and fixture colors for a country cottage bathroom.

To add more storage options to your bathroom, paint a repurposed dresser or cabinet in a neutral or earth tone color, then stencil a floral motif on the front and/or sides in classic country colors like spring green and delft blue.

Plaids and ginghams don’t have to stay just on the curtains. Give a bold edge to your country cottage décor by papering one wall as a focal accent.

 Country Cottage Bathroom Accessories

Cole & Co Hudson Round Mirror

 If, for whatever reason you can’t change the tub, transform it into a country cottage show piece with the right accessories. Add oversize pillar candles to one of the tub’s corner shelves in fragrantly delicious colors like lilac, apple green and cinnamon spice. Use objects like enamel jugs, canisters and decorative jars that have a country flair as a place to display flowers, a collection of soaps, potpourri or other bath-related items.

Don’t underestimate the power of wicker to help add that special country cottage chic to your bathroom décor. Use them to hold towels, scented soaps and travel sized bath products for your guests.

Include as many natural materials as possible. Don’t stop at wicker. Select a laundry hamper or waste basket made of rattan. A bamboo shelf to the wall by the sink or shower or stone candle holders are also good choices for adding texture to your country cottage bathroom.

Designer Bathroom

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

 How to Turn Your Bathroom into a Home Spa Designer Bathroom

If you’ve been to the spa lately, you’ve probably noticed its impeccable style and stress-free vibe. But who says the spa is the only place to escape from your busy, demanding days?

Your new designer bathroom can give off the same relaxing feel by updating it with different fixtures. With all the diverse styles of faucets, sinks, cabinets, showers and tubs out there, you’re sure to be pampering yourself in your own private spa that embodies your design taste.

Oval Stone Bown Vessel SinkTraditional sinks are normally installed into a bathroom cabinet, or they are mounted on their own pillar. As functional as they are, most of these sinks are not very creative when it comes to style. If you want your sink to be visually stunning, yet practical, consider a vessel bowl sink. They sit on top of a bathroom counter, and resemble a large bowl.


Black Vessel SinkVessel sinks are currently in the height of style, and with their larger size, they catch water more easily. I love the look of this stone black vessel sink.


These bowl vessel sinks also come in a variety of shapes and colours, so finding a sink to match your spa-influenced bathroom shouldn’t be difficult.


Dreamline Chrome Bathroom FaucetBathroom faucets have also come a long way. The standard “hot” and “cold” handles, complete with basic spigot, are a thing of the past. Modern faucets are taller, slimmer, and definitely more attractive.


Tall Waterfall FaucetWaterfall faucets are an innovative and stylish new trend. To use a waterfall faucet, simply pull the handle from side to side to produce hot or cold, and watch the water pour downwards off its plate into the sink. They give off a “spa vibe” with their soothing waterfall flow.

Glass Double Basin Bathroom Vanity SetIf you’re leaning towards replacing your entire sink, faucet, and mirror, there are bathroom vanity sets available that include all three fixtures. This is a simple way to find pieces that go together in one easy step. Look for vanity sets with double sinks if you are planning to share your bathroom – it’ll be easier in the morning when you’re getting ready for the day.

Bathroom Vanity Sink SetBathroom vanity sets with single sinks usually come with a storage cabinet instead of a second sink. Perfect for storing your towels and toiletries – and aromatherapy candles, of course.

Jetted Glass Steam ShowerThe spa is known for its luxurious steam showers and Jacuzzi tubs. If you want to bring the spa into your bathroom, separate your tub from your shower. Extravagant showers with body jets on the side, foot massagers, and different temperature steam settings are an ideal way to indulge yourself in the ultimate spa experience. 

Designer BathroomA really interesting way to add style and interest to your bathroom is by installing a modern massage bathtub. Jets on the sides of the tub and seating grooves offer the best in spa-like comfort. Bathtubs with clean, straight lines and minimal details are fresh and updated, instantly transforming your bathroom into a carefree getaway.

Designer Shower CurtainFor simple spa-influenced transformations, all you need are a few accessories. Spa colours are calm, warm, and inviting, so opt for a designer shower curtain that fits the spa colour criteria.

Oriental MirrorOutdated mirrors are frameless and lack charm. Look for a mirror with modern, unique designs to instantly freshen up your bathroom.

Avanity Oriental Dark Walnut Mirror

Bathroom ShelfWhen you’re unwinding in your bathtub after a long week, you’ll want somewhere to put candles, a drink, and reading material. A stylish, simple bathroom shelf adds the finishing touch to your home spa makeover.

Designer Bathrooms, what relaxing bliss! Nicolette Interior Design Diva

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