Last week, the HGTV.com, HGTVRemodels.com and DIYNetwork.com crews headed to New Orleans for The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Put a bunch of industry nerds around beautiful new kitchen and bath products and, well, we gawk. As someone with contractor-grade bathrooms in a rental, I was swooning over the newest bathroom trends. Just the thought of a rain shower head makes me giddy.
From smart technology to chic new hardware, check out my favorite bath discoveries at this year’s KBIS.
Ann Sacks. Just … Ann Sacks.
Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
The Ann Sacks Scribe Collection featuring the etched herringbone tile backsplash was like walking into my dream bathroom. The backsplash was then paired with a black Italian marble vanity and flooring for a classic, glamorous look that was irresistible in person.
The Ann Sacks Chinois by Robert Kuo Collection feels soft and traditional, but the glazed tiles actually feature lines and patterns inspired by the Song and Tang dynasties.
If you’re seeking crisp lines and geometry, the ASC Modern Collection is for you. Circles, diamonds and squares all encompass these glazed tiles that feel balanced and simple.
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Carrot cake is one of my favorite spring desserts — it’s comforting, homey and just a little bit spicy. (Also, there is cream cheese frosting.) This Moroccan-inspired bathroom’s palette is like the design equivalent of the beloved cake: It not only matches the warm, neutral tones, but the worldly accent pieces, modern geometric tile and striped curtains add just enough spice to this mostly-neutral space.
Moroccan Bathroom :: Carrot Cake
I think I will have one of each: one inviting bathroom, one slice of cake. How about you?
Get more color palette inspiration from our previous Tuesday Huesday posts.
San Francisco Bay-area designer Kriste Michelini uses tile to create a divide between the wet and dry areas of the bathroom. She frequently experiments with unique combinations of tile and uses various tile shapes in the same marble material to create a sense of infinite space.
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This marble bath is pretty exquisite, yes? It’s very Lisa Vanderpump if you ask me.
If you’re like me and this summer’s (crazy!) record-breaking high temps have you looking for a weekend project that won’t cause you to break a sweat, then I have just the project for you: reviving your bathroom’s stained grout. Don’t worry, this is WAY easier than it sounds, costs less than $20 and no grinder or chisel is needed.
My sad bathroom floor before. This is the original 1950′s tile and, although you can’t tell, is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue.
When Bob Dylan said “everybody must get stoned,” he wasn’t singing about this fieldstone-tiled bathroom by Karen O’Brien of KOB Interior Design, but he should have been, because I think everyone ought to see this. Incredible, no?
Those walls! The curves and the fieldstone tile give this bathroom a warm, rustic feel that’s balanced perfectly with the glamour of the tub and chandelier. I’ve been seeing more stone as tile lately (see also: this supercool backsplash on Pinterest), but this scale is so dramatic. I’d almost welcome a hard day, just to have an excuse to come home and soak in this tub. Fieldstone, take me away!
[Via: Pinterest, House of Turquoise]
I live in New York City where square footage is at a premium, so I’m always on the lookout for clever storage solutions. The cabinet under the sink in my bathroom is bursting at the seams and there’s almost no counter space left, which makes this Over-the-Faucet Shelf very appealing to me.
Very crafty, Walmart! Now city dwellers will no longer have to carry all their personal grooming supplies into their tiny bathrooms every morning in travel toiletry bags that they store in their hall closet. (Not that I do that. Not at all.)
I’m a sucker for a nice bathroom. I know a lot of people care more about kitchens or bedrooms or living rooms, but for better or for worse, I’m a bathroom stickler, and it’s been the make-or-break factor in almost all of the apartments I’ve rented. If this gorgeous bathroom by Blanca Sanchez of Halo Design Interiors was in a rental, I’d be all, “Where do I sign? Give me the keys!”
The whole space looks clean, calm and inviting — so, pretty much everything you’d want in a bathroom — but the romantic twinkle of the overhead lighting is what pushes this over the top for me. I can imagine spending a lot of time here, relaxing and daydreaming in the tub, and “stargazing” at the celestial patterns and shapes on the ceiling.
Seeing this gorgeous ikat tile by New Ravenna Mosaics reminded me of those old commercials for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Like, “You got your ikat in my tile!” “You got your tile in my ikat!” Fortunately, I think ikat and tile are two great trends that taste better together, if you will.
I adore this for a funky yet elegant powder room like the one shown, or an accent wall anywhere, really! Then again, I’m a sucker for tile, so I could be biased. (See my bio below.) What do you think? Do you wish you had walls — or even just a backsplash — like this?
A few days ago, I thought I had found the coolest tile floor ever. A few days ago, I might have been wrong. Because I just spied this PLAID TILE FLOOR on Houzz, and my life is forever changed.
Look closely, rub your eyes, squint, and then pinch yourself like I did. I cannot believe this is tile, and not carpet. I also cannot imagine the kind of patience needed to lay down such a work of art. A doff of the cap to you, Andrea May!
I’ve shared with you our master bathroom progress, and although we have yet to finish the big projects in that space (I’m talking to you, Sauna!), we decided to tackle a few smaller projects in the mean time. It’s the tiny transformations that can make a big impact, yes?
I see a DIY waiting in the pipeline... pun intended!
I’ve written before that I always enjoy nontraditional accessories, and when I spotted the above galvanized conduit pipes and fittings at the hardware store, I knew I had the perfect future project in mind for them:
Surprise! A TP holder!
I think our little DIY adds the perfect touch of industrial design to our soft, Scandinavian bathroom. But, of course, we didn’t stop there…