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Design Trends

Bathing Beauty

When it comes to adding artistic touches to the bathroom, nothing is off limits. “Soap dishes, towel rails, robe hooks, glass shelving and toilet paper holders can be beautiful details in a bathroom,” says Rachel Nieminski, in-house designer for Elegance in Plumbing in Naples. 

Shape, sheen and size are just a few of the design elements to consider when selecting items. “Even if you find the perfect piece, make sure that it fits your bathroom,” Nieminski says.

Here you will find functional sculpture and canvas, reminding us how easy it is to spice up a bathroom without a bit of potpourri. However, it’s easy to get carried away with accessories, so we asked Ruth Schuster of Ruth Schuster Interiors for some tips on maintaining a clutter-free look:

• Place accessories in odd numbers. Three is usually enough, but adjust according to the space.

• All the accessories should have one quality in common, like texture, color or sheen.

• Each item should complement—not duplicate—size and shape, so choose pieces of varying height.

• Group pieces together as opposed to spreading them out.


Trend Alert

One of the top design trends for 2009, “a freestanding bathtub can be incorporated to complement any style of decor,” says Nieminski. Serenity Studio Hero tub by Aquatic Whirlpools is carried by Broedell Plumbing in Fort Myers for $5,625.

Wall Art

The Fire and Earth collection of mosaic tiles is right in step with the current trends. “You want them to have the ability to sparkle,” says Nieminski. “Bronze, gold, silver are the colors of the season.” Offered for $67 per square foot at the Ann Sacks Showroom at the International Design Center in Estero.

Passionate Powder Room

Ipanema, the famous beach in Brazil, has been referred to as one of the world’s sexiest beaches; perhaps this sink of the same name brings allure to the bathroom. Part of Kohler’s Top Art Collection, starts at $1,624. Available through Elegance in Plumbing in Naples.

Into the Blue

The deep blue of the Baccarat Bambous is most captivating, instantly transporting us to the Mediterranean Sea. The Kallista faucet is available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery in Fort Myers and Naples in polished nickel for $2,996 or brushed nickel for $3,217.

Sweet Style

“Clean lines and simple geometric shapes are the way to go” when choosing artistic accessories for a contemporary bathroom, Nieminski says. We were all abuzz over Labrazel’s Honeycomb line by designer Jamie Drake. Priced $350 to $1,125 and available at Gattle’s in Naples.

Just Face It

It’s all laid out in black and white. Shower curtains have become the canvas for hip urban artists, such as David Foote. Izola’s Artist Series collection is offered for $100 at Jezebel in Fort Lauderdale.

Missoni Moves In

To the delight of fashionistas, the Italian fashion house is extending its revered prints to the home. Though we worry it may be hard to resist wearing the towel as a belt and heading out for a night on the town. Two-piece towel set, $76, available at Gattle’s in Naples.

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