Just Say "No" to Boring Bathrooms

 A true example of practical also looking amazing. Those parquet "wood" floors in our client's guest bathroom are actually porcelain tile. Design by  Ella Design Group . Photo by  Paul S. Bartholomew .

A true example of practical also looking amazing. Those parquet "wood" floors in our client's guest bathroom are actually porcelain tile. Design by Ella Design Group. Photo by Paul S. Bartholomew.

We're the first to admit there are a lot of functional requirements when it comes to designing a bathroom that you don't need to consider in other areas of the home. Thinking about plumbing or factoring in humidity isn't exactly glamorous and we can't say we've ever had a client who was a true toilet aficionado. Unfortunately, because it's such a practical room, the generic bathroom is a trend we've been seeing in spades (all white everything, anyone?). But, being practical doesn't have to mean boring. 

 Bathroom featured in Lillie Hamilton French's  Homes and Their Decoration , Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1903 via  Flickr . We can't tell you what the color palette was but we  can  tell you these people weren't afraid to really go for it when it came to pattern and details.

Bathroom featured in Lillie Hamilton French's Homes and Their Decoration, Dodd, Mead and Company, New York, 1903 via Flickr. We can't tell you what the color palette was but we can tell you these people weren't afraid to really go for it when it came to pattern and details.

The history of bathrooms is surprisingly complex and while we've had some eras of extremely generic bathrooms with a focus on efficiency, there have been times in history where they were decked out in intricate wallpaper, stained glass windows, luxe fixtures and interesting features. The past is always a good place to start when looking for inspiration.

 A spa-like retreat we created. Bathrooms can have pretty details like the mini chandelier and bold touches like this black ceiling. By  Ella Design Group .

A spa-like retreat we created. Bathrooms can have pretty details like the mini chandelier and bold touches like this black ceiling. By Ella Design Group.

Bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces, especially the powder room, giving you the perfect opportunity to fulfill all of your deepest decorating desires. Love black? Go for it. Crazy accent wall? Sure. Wallpaper? Yes, please! You don't spend enough time in there to get sick of it and the lack of square footage gives you a little more license to splurge or try something custom and one-of-a-kind. 

 An antique chest we had converted into a luxurious, decidedly un-boring vanity in a client's powder room. By  Ella Design Group .

An antique chest we had converted into a luxurious, decidedly un-boring vanity in a client's powder room. By Ella Design Group.

 We used black in this bathroom to add a little edge to the light, soothing space. Christine is hard at work photographing our design.

We used black in this bathroom to add a little edge to the light, soothing space. Christine is hard at work photographing our design.

Generally, nothing all that exciting goes on in the bathroom (if it does, we probably don't want to know about it, no offense), so don't shy away from adding excitement through unexpected details. If you need help breaking your bathroom rut and creating an inspiring space, contact Ella Design Group for a consultation!