The Ace Hotels in Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs, and New York (we've been lucky enough to visit them all) feature simple, black-and-white baths, with easily sourced hardware-store and industrial elements.
Photography courtesy of Ace Hotel Portland.
Above: The Ace bathrooms all adhere to a strict back and white palette.
Above: We especially like the black canvas curtains in this Ace Portland bath; for something similar, consider sourcing a Black Canvas Drop Cloth for $24 from Homestead..
Above: Ace bathrooms are stocked with Malin + Goetz products. Founders Andrew Goetz and Matthew Malin modeled their company after the traditional neighborhood apothecary of years gone by; they make their products locally using natural ingredients.
Above: A custom Ace soapdish.
Above: The claw tubs are painted with high-gloss enamel paint.
Recreate the look at home with the following elements:
Above: The Pharmacy Wall-Mount Medicine Cabinet was inspired by a 19th-century medicine cabinet; the small size is $495 and the larger is $595 at Restoration Hardware. Ohmega Too in Berkeley offers handmade alder wood Recessed Medicine Cabinets, made by a local craftsman; $495 at Ohmega Too.
Above: Plumbing Pipe Toilet Paper Holder; made of reclaimed industrial steel plumbing pipe with an ebonized rust patina; $68 from Mercantile Rx on Etsy. A similar Industrial Toilet Roll Holder, from Oxford, Ohio-based Wire & Twine, is $45.
Above: Plumbing Pipe Towel Bar, made of reclaimed industrial steel plumbing pipe with an ebonized rust patina (36 inches long); $156 from Mercantile Rx on Etsy.
Above: In the bathrooms at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, the designers used the Kohler Stillness Widespread Lavoratory Faucet for $397.26 from eFaucets.
Above: The Kohler Stillness Shower Valve is $309 from Home Depot.
Above: A 6-by-8-foot, off-white, 100-percent cotton Canvas Tarp is $22.56 at Tarps Plus. At the Ace in Palm Springs, the designers used tarps as wall coverings and as curtains; they can also be used as shower curtains.
Above: Fixtures from Portland, Oregon-based Schoolhouse Electric provide a stylish, vintage look. The Alabax Surface fixture is available in black or white porcelain and is $135.
Above: The Lewis Pendant has a glass socket and comes in black or white porcelain and is $125 from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: Halco Globe Bulb; $0.64 each at 1000 Bulbs.
Above: The Steel Waste Basket in black, gray, or almond is $34 from Schoolhouse Electric.
Above: Wright's Peak Wire Tall Storage Shelves; $395 at Sundance Catalog.
N.B. This post is an update; the original ran on March 9, 2009.