Très Trendy Salle de Bains (Bathroom)

Très Trendy Salle de Bains (Bathroom)

Divine Diva is ready to have a new bathroom. Of course it has to be magnifique and include the hottest items out there in the interior design world. I have had so much fun shopping for the newest styles.

It was too hard to make up my mind about what to do with the bathroom I was going to remodel; I decided to redo two of them! After scouring the Internet and stacks of design magazines, I could hardly wait for my appointment with my design consultant, Robyn Faulk, at City Tile in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to get it all started.

Of course, I absolutely had to have a swanky walk-in shower with one of those all glass doors and walls of natural stone with a touch of glass sparkle and metallic glitz. Metallic accents in the bathroom, seen last year, are exploding this year: Brushed nickel, polished chrome, oil rubbed bronze, and rose gold fixtures can be seen everywhere. And for the first time it’s hip to be square, a square fixture that is, especially square showerheads.

Stone will make my bathroom feel so relaxed and Zen. It will be like bathing in a hidden pool in the woods with a warm waterfall trickling down upon me. This year trend-setting designers are bringing lots more natural textures into the home to create a blur between indoors and out. I am adding plush sand-colored Egyptian cotton towels to keep the theme going.

I really like Interceramic’s Turkish Travertine tumbled stone for the foundation of one of my bathrooms. There is something about the old-world ambiance of these tiles that makes me feel like a priestess in an ancient Greek temple, or maybe a goddess. Well, okay, a girl can at least bathe like a goddess. I am going to add a little bling with Marazzi’s Romance Collection bronze chair rail and a mosaic of glass and metallic coated tiles to match.

While one of my bathrooms is going to have a killer shower as the focal point, another will have a sculpted tub. Like a statement couch in the living room so “in” right now, bathrooms are being designed around a centerpiece walk-in shower or a freestanding soaking tub; Something that sets the tone, turning the room into a piece of art. While a shower can become a work of art through the use of textured tile and mosaic design, a tub can be a piece of art in and of itself.

Tubs can be square, oval, round, claw-footed or even stiletto shaped, made from materials such as acrylic or copper. I, of course, have to have one bathroom converge around a black acrylic tub sculpted in the shape of the one the Darcy’s used in the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice.

Black and white bathrooms are another hot trend with walls covered in white subway tiles. But then so is black with gray subway tiles. Gray subway tiles are currently blowing out the door of City Tile. So maybe I can mix black, gray, and white with plush teal-colored towels displayed on open metal shelving. I especially liked the bright white embossed and dove gray de-bossed tiles I saw as Robyn showed me the newest trend, solid colored textured tiles.

When I am done, I will have one bathroom make me feel like a goddess, and the other will make me feel like a flapper from the 1920s when white and black tiles were seen in all the coolest homes. I’m sure Jay Gatsby had a large claw-foot tub surrounded by black and white tiles in his mansion in West Egg.

I hope my fellow Divas get some delicious decorating tips from my remodeling experiences. Or if not, they can always visit Robyn at City Tile. She or one of her fellow design consultants can help them create their own luxurious bathing suites.