Styling the Bathroom

An award-winning designer's tips on styling your existing (or new) bathroom

bathroom stylingWe asked a local award-winning interior designer for some insight on ways to freshen up a bathroom, decorate an existing space, or make the most out of a new remodel or design. 

“I love accessorizing bathrooms,” says Julie Smith of Jula Cole Design, who designed one of our 2019 Baths of the Year winners. This bathroom (pictured) is a beautiful example of a minimalist marriage of rustic and modern style, but Julie’s styling tips can apply to any decor style in any bathroom.

“If designed correctly, there should be smart storage so the countertop need not get cluttered. If you’re remodeling, think plugs in drawers and recessed medicine cabinets that look like mirrors but act as storage.

Here are her tips for styling and accessorizing a bathroom:

bathroom stylingKeep it minimal in this smaller space. “Use just a few pieces to make a strong, curated statement,” she advises, “and be careful not to over style the space.”

Mix metals for contrast.

Use pottery for makeup brushes and plants—or leave them empty. 

Put runners over bath mats. Julie sources her rugs from San Diego Antique Rug Gallery in Solana Beach, though she hopes to design her own someday.

Outfit the sink with stylish hand soap.

Work in wood objects to add worn texture. “I always find these on my travels at some hidden antique shop or at a showroom with local artisans,” she says.

Install understated, sophisticated lighting. Julie loves everything from Allied Maker and Arteriors Home.

Soften hardscapes with stylish Turkish hand towels.

Add flowers. Julie has arrangements made at The Flower Shop in Encinitas, but she’s been known to clip roadside branches too.

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All photography by Victoria Pearce.

Categories: Home Design