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Beyond the Basic Bath

Tips and trends for updating your bathroom

Written and produced by Sally Finder Weepie

Whether a small update or a full-blown renovation, these trends will leave your bathroom looking like a work of art. 

“Simple designer tricks can elevate a traditional black-and-white bath. One of my favorites is art,” says Barbara Sallick of Waterworks. “There is often a void over the bathtub, but designer Philip Mitchell filled this challenging space with nonprecious art of various sizes.It brings the room into better scale and adds interest and charm.”


The current love affair with Art Deco style remains white-hot, as exhibited in a new offering by luxury bath atelier THG Paris. The Art Deco collection, celebrating streamlined elegance, is available in basin, tub, and shower faucets in 27 finishes.


Today, even the bathroom sink can be a masterpiece. The latest addition to Kohler’s Artists Editions, the Dutchmaster “Midnight Floral” sink, bears a dark, moody, dramatic pattern designed in collaboration with florography artist Ashley Woodson Bailey, known for her stunning photography, wallpaper, textiles, and fabrics. The pattern is also available on the “Carillon” round or rectangular bath sink.


The timeless bateau bath gets a 21st-century spin from Victoria + Albert in the form of the freestanding “Trivento” tub. Merging clean, modern lines with a classic shape, the deep soaking tub is available in seven finishes—a range of whites, blacks, and grays.

Vanities, Fixtures, and Fittings

The industrial trend continues to evolve, with offerings nodding to the hand-built aesthetic of times past while introducing new levels of sophistication. The New Icons launch from Waterworks exemplifies the movement. Here, its “Regulator” faucet in unlacquered brass with black lever handles pairs with a “Belden” custom vanity with mesh doors and R.W. Atlas hardware, also in unlacquered brass.

European chic is bubbling up in the bath with the Modulus suite of fixtures and fittings from DXV. The graceful countertop lavatory, dramatically accented with diamond-like faucets, pairs with equally sleek wall-hung drawers.


“I have never done so many wood floors in bathrooms,” designer Matthew Quinn says. “More than half of the bathrooms I design today have wood floors that transition into curbless all-marble showers.” So good news: New flooring options like Armstrong’s Pryzm planks give the look and texture of wood, yet they’re 100 percent waterproof.