Flush away the clutter in your bathroom
CLEAN lines work beautifully in a bathroom. A room free of clutter provides a calm, restful environment with space to breathe and freedom to move about. However, you need plenty of stuff to stock a bathroom — soaps, creams, cosmetics, hair products, a stack of towels, the list goes on. To start clean and keep it tidy is not so easy. I can trash a bathroom in 10 minutes. But the only way to manage the chaos is with plenty of storage.
I discovered a magnificent bathroom at a recent interior design show and loved the look. The solid surface sink and tub had a modern cube shape with gently rounded edges. And I recognized in a moment that behind the beautifully matched wood cabinet doors, there would be plenty of storage. These cabinets, from Wet Style’s M Collection, are designed to be wall-mounted; a style that adds a feeling of space as they float over the floor.
There is an Asian aesthetic to the simplicity of form and function in all Wet Style’s products, custom-made with fine finishing details. Cabinet finishes are available in light and dark wood veneer, as well as white and black lacquer. Wood grain is a popular design element in today’s bathroom and kitchen cabinetry. The wood is cut so the graining matches or repeats exactly on the doors and drawers. Several coats of matte or gloss urethane highlight the wood’s colour and pattern and seals it for necessary durability.
Solid surface materials are growing in popularity. Good quality composites are stain resistant and you can choose a variety of colours and shapes.
Check out the many storage solutions at your local home store or online. Allow yourself ample space to tuck away the plastic bottles and makeup. Then choose one or two items to display such as a plush stack of hand towels, a vase with a single flower, or scented candle. This is luxury. Dear Debbie: I have a very small, square kitchen with doorways at each end. The appliances are white and black, white tile backsplash and floor, upper cabinets white, lower black. The counter is blue with gold, black and white specks. What colour should I paint the walls? — Paulette Dear Paulette: There is classic beauty in any white and black combination for a kitchen or bath. By adding a colour, you will give the room a more modern feel, and the colour will warm up the overall impact. I would choose a light shade of aqua for the walls. But don’t match it up with the counter blue specks. Once you have painted on the colour, you will notice everything looks better.
Invest in plenty of storage for a bathroom that works on every level from practical to beautiful.