7 Elements of a Timeless Bathroom

My San Clemente Beach House Project was inspired by the timeless and neutral look of coastal homes. Although it was one of my first projects, the classic choices made in the design and styling have ensured that it still feels fresh. Here are seven elements that help create a bathroom that will feel new for years:

1. Classic Marble and White Tile

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
Both marble and white tile create a clean, serene foundation in the bathroom. This bathroom has Calacatta marble on the floor, countertop, and shower surround. Notice the oversized marble tile in the bath that was mostly white with subtle veining. The marble pairs beautifully with a glass mosaic counter backsplash that added just a bit of shine.

2. Elegant Free-standing Tub

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
A free-standing tub creates a beautiful focal point for the room. I love how in this bathroom, windows above the tub flood the space with natural light to create an airy sanctuary. For this classic space the best choice was a tub with elegant lines, but here are some other great free-standing tub options.

3. Simple Mirrors

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
I love the look of a sconce-flanked mirror above each sink. For a timeless bath I stick to rectangular mirrors with simple frames. A beveled mirror adds detail and interest to the wall without sacrificing function.

4. Neutral Paint

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
To keep a room light and fresh with a focus on beautiful marble, I use neutral paint colors. In the San Clemente Beach House, I adjusted the strength of a classic coastal color, Anew Gray by Sherwin Williams. I used the shade at 25% strength to add a touch of color that would complement the marble but still feel more like a white. Many of my clients prefer clean white paint and I’ve written about my go-to whites here.

5. Chrome Hardware

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
Although recently I’ve been drawn to black and brass hardware, for a traditional bathroom I still love chrome. I think that hardware is important, especially in a bathroom where everything else is simple and neutral. I like to choose a faucet with pretty lines and interesting handles.

6. Simple Statement Lighting

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
In this space silver-plated shaded sconces to compliment the chrome hardware. The crisp white shades look really pretty against the slightly gray walls. For the ceiling light, I selected a chandelier that would reflect the natural light from the large windows. I like a chandelier in the bathroom to add a little personality and a beaded chandelier is perfect for a coastal room.

7. Soft Styling

Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
Becki Owens San Clemente Beach House Bathroom
For this timeless bathroom, I finished the space with a few carefully selected items that would add soft color or texture, but no clutter. I chose apothecary glass canisters to fill with bathroom necessities and soft towels with just a hint of coastal green-blue. I love the towels displayed on the rustic ladder as the wood brings some warmth to the cool space. Above the tub, a serene beach scene hangs that adds a little color and helps create the quiet mood of the space. And finally, a potted plant refreshes the room with the pop of green in a pretty planter.

These 7 elements will help create a beautiful, timeless bathroom design. See below for the resources to achieve this timeless bathroom look. To see more of this coastal home read here and here. I hope you have a great start to your week!


Photography By: Ashlee Raubach

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Timeless Coastal Bathroom

  1. Wall Sconce
  2. Beveled Mirror
  3. Beaded Chandelier – look for less here
  4. Rustic Wood Ladder
  5. Chrome Faucet
  6. White Free-standing Tub
  7. White Bath Mat
  8. Coastal Art
  9. Blue and White Stripe Fouta Towel
  10. White Chevron Towel
  11. Sherwin Williams Anew Gray –  25% Strength
  12. Glass Canisters
  13. Blue Jar
  14. Aqua Glass Vase

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