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Steal This Look: A Color-Drenched Bath in Somerset


Steal This Look: A Color-Drenched Bath in Somerset

November 17, 2015

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.

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Above: A narrow bathroom comes to life with color-blocking in several unexpected shades.

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Above: A retro seafoam-green tub is set against a backdrop of high-gloss black tile and contrasting white grout.


benjamin moore washington blue remodelista

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.

benjamin moore labrador blue remodelista

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.

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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.

farrow and ball dimity paint remodelista

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.

glossy black square tiles home depot remodelista 1

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

vintage seafoam green toilet ebay remodelista

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.

comfort seats black toilet seat remodelista

Above: Comfort Seats’ Molded Wood Toilet Seat in black has chrome hinges for $37.46 at Amazon. Alternatively the Kohler Black Brevia Toilet Seat is $29.85 at Faucet Direct.

vintage seafoam green bathtub remodelista

Above: A pale spruce green Vintage 1963 Bathtub, Toilet, and Sink come as a set for $1,500 from a listing on eBay.

700 waterworks towel warmer

Above: Waterworks’ Universal 110 Metal Towel Warmer is $1,714 in chrome. For more options and ideas, see our post Remodeling 101: Towel Warmers.

waterworks aero brass towel ring remodelista

Above: From Waterworks, the Aero 6.5-Inch Brass Towel Ring is $245 for the chrome finish.

shigeki fujishiro rivet lampshade remodelista

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.


durslade farmhouse butterflies remodelista

Above: A large framed montage of butterfly specimens is mounted on the bathroom wall. For something similar, visit Paxton Gate in San Francisco.

framed butterfly print paxton gate remodelista

Above: Paxton Gate’s single Common Tiger Butterfly is set into a five-by-five-inch black frame; $27.

yellow porcelain bath fixture remodelista

Above: Source a quirky, wall-mounted soap dish and other vintage bathroom accessories on Etsy. Shown here is a set of Yellow Porcelain Bath Fixtures for $65 from seller Bee Haven Home on Etsy.

musgo real porto soap remodelista

Above: Musgo Real Portuguese Bar Soap is $7.95 per bar from the Men’s Room.

restoration hardware turkish towels remodelista

Above: Restoration Hardware’s 802-Gram Turkish Bath Towels in white are $22 each. For more options, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Basic White Bath Towels.

restoration hardware white turkish bath mat remodelista

Above: The simple Turkish Bath Mat in white is currently on sale for $22 each at Restoration Hardware.

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