If you’re going to get experimental with design and color, the bathroom, a small area hidden away in most floor plans, is a safe place to start. Take the bath at the Durslade Farmhouse in Somerset, for example, where owners and art dealers Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser created an eclectic color palette with framed butterfly specimens and retro fixtures. The bath is really a custom look–an art piece on its own–but here we’ve pieced out some key elements to replicate the look at home, if you dare.
Above: A narrow bathroom comes to life with color-blocking in several unexpected shades.
Above: A retro seafoam-green tub is set against a backdrop of high-gloss black tile and contrasting white grout.
Above: Benjamin Moore’s Washington Blue paint is a true blue color, a lighter navy with a faint tint of purple; $69.99 for a gallon of Aura paint.
Above: The inside of wall-mounted shelves are painted a color similar to Benjamin Moore’s Labrador Blue; $37.99 for a gallon of Ben Interior Paint.
Above: Floors and shadowed corners are painting in an almost black color. Our best match is Farrow & Ball’s dark charcoal Railings paint; $97 a gallon.
Above: The main walls of the bathroom are painted in an almond off-white color with a pinkish hue. A close match is Farrow & Ball’s Dimity, a red-based color with a good amount of warmth; $97 a gallon.
Above: Merola Square Tiles with a black glossy glaze are 3.75 inches square and are 89 cents each at Home Depot.
Bath Fixtures & Lighting
Above: Source a Retro Toilet in seafoam green, pale pink, or a number of 1960s-era shades on eBay. For replacing any missing parts or upgrading a current retro toilet, This Old Toilet has seats, tanks, bowls, and touch-up paint.
Above: A pale spruce green Vintage 1963 Bathtub, Toilet, and Sink come as a set for $1,500 from a listing on eBay.
Above: From Waterworks, the Aero 6.5-Inch Brass Towel Ring is $245 for the chrome finish.
Above: A pair of Rivet Lampshades in black from Japanese designer Shigeki Fujishiro hang in the bathroom. The lampshades are currently only available directly from Fujishiro in Japan for ï¿¥8,424 ($68). For more, see our post Shigeki Fujishiro’s Future Basics.
Above: A large framed montage of butterfly specimens is mounted on the bathroom wall. For something similar, visit Paxton Gate in San Francisco.
Above: Paxton Gate’s single Common Tiger Butterfly is set into a five-by-five-inch black frame; $27.
Above: Musgo Real Portuguese Bar Soap is $7.95 per bar from the Men’s Room.
Above: The simple Turkish Bath Mat in white is currently on sale for $22 each at Restoration Hardware.
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