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Easy On The Eyes

Building or renovating a bathroom is no small feat (unless of course you’re living in a bachelor apartment).

There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing where to splash out and where to save. And while we might not have sacrificed enough avocado toast to put a down payment on our dream house just yet, it might be time to flush out a new look for this often overlooked space. 

Over the past two decades, Alison Habermehl, Principal at Habermehl Design Group has developed stunning, carefully articulated and customized projects. Her contemporary penthouse vignette offers inspiration for exquisite bathroom settings. Alison took some time to share her design expertise on how to create a luxurious bathroom space.

A Different Angle

Rounded corners are a great way to soften a space and inspire a modern look. Every aspect of your home should be a sanctuary that’s easy on the eyes and the spirit, including the bathroom.  Alison recommends curvilinear corners to not only soften the look and tactile nature of your space, but give your inner world a sense of peace as well.  “Taking out harder edges is purposeful for anyone who wants to feel calmer,” she notes, pointing out the softly rounded corners of the shower.  If you’re worried about curvaceous edges being a bit too en vogue, think again; these organic-inspired lines trace historical roots to the art deco era, giving the look a timeless, yet modern quality. You won’t need to remodel anytime soon – something else to feel relaxed about. 

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SINK: DXV POP COLLECTION UNDER COUNTER LAVATORY; FAUCET: DXV PERCY COLLECTION 
TOILET: AT200® SPALET® INTEGRATED BIDET

Optical Illusion

Use strategically placed mirrors for a double dose of function and impact. Mirror, mirror, on the wall… while no amount of design will make your mirror tell you “you’re pretty,” it can work other magic – like making your space appear bigger, and allowing you to play with proportions without knocking down walls.  “In this case I wanted to expand on an already big space,” says Alison. “I would use a mirror to widen a room or even out the scale, to square it off a bit.” But make sure you know what you’re going to be seeing double of: “The mirror shouldn’t reflect a closet that’s cluttered, a toilet, or things you’d normally want to hide,” unless your toilet is one of those solid gold affairs, which may warrant a little double exposure.

The mirror shouldn’t reflect a closet that’s cluttered, a toilet, or things you’d normally want to hide,” unless your toilet is one of those solid gold affairs, which may warrant a little double exposure.
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BATHTUB: DXV LYNDON® SLIM FREESTANDING SOAKING TUB
BATHTUB FAUCET: DXV CONTEMPORARY FLOOR MOUNT TUB FILLER

Organized Chaos

Don’t be afraid of a graphic marble or pattern to elevate the look and make a bold statement. In life, it’s generally a good idea to go with your gut. So if your gut’s leading you along a more graphic route, then Alison’s advice is to follow that timeless Nike adage. “Choose colours you can live with for a really long time, unless you’re just doing fabric that you can change out in a few years,” she suggests. “I’m a fan of picking one element and going for it, like I did in this bathroom.” With pattern-choosing, remember that it’s quality, not quantity, and that placement is everything. “Put the pattern in enough places to give it impact,” like she’s done with the black marble twining through the floor, counters and sculpture pedestal. 

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As Far As The Eye Can See

Small details count. They say the devil’s in the details but good design is in there with him, too.  Alison emphasizes that going micro with cohesive, thoughtful details helps bring a room together.  “It can be the inlay that you have on your vanity, the hardware on your vanity door, a bowl in the same bronze for the table or mantle in the same room,” says Alison, noting that, as with all the best real estate, remember: location, location, location.  “Small details need to be something that you would notice in a room: putting something in a corner somewhere that nobody sees is probably not worth it.” 

If you’re a Libra and attracted to all manner of shiny objects (guilty as charged), being cohesive can be a design challenge. Alison recommends picking one material and repeating it throughout the room, letting it tell a story that everyone can follow.  “It’s not that you can’t mix materials, but for those who don’t have a design background and want a similar feel, the best way to do that is repeat a finish.” 

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If you’re a Libra and attracted to all manner of shiny objects (guilty as charged), being cohesive can be a design challenge.

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Curtain Call

Drapery in a bathroom is sexy.  The bathroom is a place where you spend a lot of time naked, but that doesn’t mean your windows should be.  Especially if you have soaring panes like those in Alison’s space, a little dressing can go a long way. “Drapes can bring warmth to a space, making it softer and more inviting, which in some ways is a little more sexy than hard, hard lines,” says Alison. As with your wardrobe, choosing the right materials — for practicality and aesthetics — is key. “Natural fabrics like linen or lightweight wool hang really well; avoid things like velvet, or precious or delicate materials like silk.” Bathroom drapes can be extra-low maintenance too, since steam from the shower does the pressing for you, allowing you to focus on your personal tub time, or be that much more inviting — and enticing — for a guest.

Bathroom drapes can be extra-low maintenance too, since steam from the shower does the pressing for you, allowing you to focus on your personal tub time, or be that much more inviting — and enticing — for a guest.
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