February 3, 2014
Look We're Loving: Masculine Bathrooms
Naturally we appreciate the serenity and calm that can come with a bright white bath. The perpetual light and tranquility these spaces can project is great and all, but recently we've been drawn to the character and rugged style we're seeing in more masculine bathrooms. From vintage industrial light fixtures to dark and luxurious finishes, we can't get enough of the suave and manly sense of sophistication that these rooms evoke. Get the look in your own home by incorporating dark hues, wood finishes, mixed metal accents, subway tiles, and vintage accessories. As we said, we love and appreciate a crisp white bath, but opting for dark, saturated hues will move your space out of spa territory and into men's-club-lounge land. Whether using dark nero marquina marble on your counters or painting the walls a high-gloss navy blue, use of moody, saturated colours sets the tone for the rest of the room.
Raw wood paneling and rustic, unpainted planks are not necessarily common finishes for a bath, but we love the unexpected dose of texture and ruggedness they bring to these spaces. Wood walls, ceilings, and vanities add warmth and dare we say make these bathrooms...cosy.
Traditional and classic subway tiles are perfect in masculine baths. Whether you opt for a coloured, glossy tile, or an ivory version with a flat finish, your choice of grout colour can dramatically change the look. Go for a contrasting dark grey to evoke the feeling of Paris Metro stations or keep it simple with a coordinating colour to emphasise the variety of textures.
Incorporating classic, retro accents or antiques will add a sense of age and history to the room.Vintage sconces, aged leather accents, and antique mirrors are easy ways to inject a collected, layered look into your bath. Even small details, like vanity hardware or vintage shaving accessories, can be high-impact in these spaces.
So what's your take? Do you like the look of these masculine spaces or do you prefer a more serene setting for your bath? Let us know in the comments.
Photographs: Courtesy of Design-Crisis, Mark D Sikes, Courtesy of Design Sponge, via Remodelista, Estee Stanley via Lonny, Stine Langvad, Jeffers Design Group, via Digs Digs, via Design Therapy, Summer Thornton, William Abranowkz for Elle Decor, Nate Berkus,Courtesy of Design Sponge, Courtesy of Casa Vogue, Aero Studios, John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross via Lonny, Nate Berkus via Architectural Digest, via My Paradissi.
|Polo Blue Paint #2062-10, From $37, Benjamin Moore||Nero Marquina Marble, $8 (Per Square Foot), The Builder Depot||Studio Green #93 Paint, From $95, Farrow & Ball|
|Barn Board Ceiling Panel, $72, Faux Wood Beams||String Pocket Shelf, $162, Ambiente Direct||48" Unfinished Mission Hardwood Vanity, $845, Signature Hardware|
By introducing elements of bronze, iron, and brass, you'll infuse the space with a raw industrial quality that is decidedly masculine. Aged steel vanities, iron lighting, and unlacquered brass plumbing fixtures mix well each other, and are anything but delicate. Incorporating a variety of metal accents will prevent the look from becoming too heavy, but do try and keep all of the plumbing fixtures a uniform material and finish to maintain consistency.
|Princeton Junior Sconce, $169, Schoolhouse Electric||Hudson Metal Washstand, $1675, Restoration Hardware||Kohler Purist Widespread Faucet, $568, Faucet Direct|
|Carrara Marble Honed Subway Tile, $7 (Per Square Foot), The Builder Depot||Chevron Carbon Tile, $40 (Per Square Foot), Modwalls||Hammersmith Subway Tile, $2 (Per Square Foot), Build Direct|
|Turnstyle Designs 2" Leather Cabinet Pull, $122, The Hardware Hut||Antique Carved Mirror, $495, Jayson Home||Pair of Large Azucena Sconces, $5500, 1st Dibs|