Bathroom Design: It’s All In The Details

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” ~ Charles Eames

The bath basics: tub, shower, toilet, sink, cabinet. The elemental bath is just a place to perform your daily duties, but it’s the details that will take you beyond the essentials. It’s the details that will transform a plain bathroom into a true retreat, an oasis that can invoke relaxation and rejuvenation of body and spirit.

The transforming details of a luxury bath can be found everywhere–from the little things, such as pretty knobs and towel bars, to the big things, like sumptuous spa tubs and showers. While careful space planning is a must for any bathroom renovation, thoughtfully chosen and finely crafted details are the defining elements of a bathroom that will create a space defined by luxurious comfort. Here’s a look at some divine details to inspire your design dreams.

Gothic arches in the door panels, crown trim on cabinetry, a pair of castle-like scones and chandelier, plus wood beams on the ceiling are intriguing details that work in concert to create a modern twist on the gothic revival style of the late 19th century.

Mediterranean Classic
With white as the main element, and black as the second, this beautiful, yet simple, gold hardware really makes a statement. It works because it fits in perfectly with the industrial-style bathroom, and proves you can even make a feature of pipework that’s normally considered unsightly.
Eclectic Bathroom
Shiplap walls, curved vanity legs, hardwood floors, and retro faucets complement the coastal hue to recreate the look and feel of an authentic vintage beach cottage.
Avenue B Dev Bathroom Details
Pebble floors and rustic wood details combine to create a rich, organic  “mountain style” bath retreat.
Ski Slope
Design details abound in this Asian style zen paradise that also includes programmable mood lighting, automatic LED candles, heated floors and towel racks, and chromotherapy in the tub and shower.
Zen Paradise
The tile “rug” in this handsome Victorian bathroom makes a significant design statement.
Room to Grow
Though minimalist in style, this bathroom has all the right details, including an eye-catching orange custom painted glass splashback.
West End
At Prestige Marble & Granite, we understand that it’s the details that can make the difference in basic design and extraordinary design. Stop by our Columbia, Tennessee showroom and let us show you the possibilities!

What’s New at Prestige Marble & Granite

New arrivals in showroom

Here at Prestige Marble & Granite, we’re always on the prowl for new inventory in order to bring you the best and most beautiful in natural stone for your interior design projects. We literally search the world for the best quality stone with the most attractive coloration and patterning. From classic colors to exotic and rare, we’re able to offer our customers vast selections to suit any decorating style, personal taste, and budget. Here’s a look at some of our latest acquisitions. (Keep in mind that pictures don’t exactly convey the true colors and beauty of the stones, and patterns within a color will vary from slab to slab. We invite you to visit our showroom to view these unique beauties in person!)

BETULARIE

Beautiful Betularie is an exotic Brazilian granite characterized by warm, earthy tones of gold, cream, taupe and brown. Darker black or gray veins highlight the movement and character of this exquisite stone, with varying flecks of mica and quartz giving the stone a reflective sparkle.

Betularie slab

Betularie Detail

OLYMPUS WHITE

The brilliant white background of stunning Olympus White granite is highlighted by dramatic black and grey veins punctuated with rich chocolate brown mineral deposits. This ancient stone has a very modern wow factor!

Olympus-White-slab

Olympus Detail

MONT BLANC

With its sugary crystalline appearance, Mont Blanc marble has a soft, organic vibe. The white background is accented with soft flowing veins of dark to medium gray.  Mont Blanc marble is an elegant choice for your most sophisticated spaces!

Mont Blanc marble slab Mont Blanc marble detail

ALASKA WHITE

Alaska White granite is a beautiful stone that combines stunning icy whites with browns and greys to create complex, dynamic patterns. This stone can easily transcend design styles, going from contemporary and modern to vintage or traditional.

Alaska White slab Alaska White detail

These four beautiful selections are just a few in our extensive collection of designer stones! We offer the largest selection of the highest quality, rare and exotic natural stones available in Middle Tennessee – we would love for you stop by the Prestige Marble & Granite showroom and browse any time.

Iconic Design: The Barcelona Chair

“The chair is a very difficult object. Everyone who has ever tried to make one knows that. There are endless possibilities and many problems – the chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a sky scraper than a chair.”

~ Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Photo by Mikael Leppä via Flickr
Photo by Mikael Leppä via Flickr

Originally designed as the centerpiece for the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain, the Barcelona chair was a design sensation that has lasted nearly nine decades. Though Bauhaus designer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his design partner Lilly Reich usually created designs for the ‘common man’, these chairs (and their matching stools) were created for the King and Queen of Spain, who were to preside at an opening reception in the German Pavilion. The Barcelona Chair was the talk of the design world at the time and is still a “must have” piece in the homes of architects, designers, and modernist design aficionados.

Mies van der Rohe, along with Corbusier, Walter Gropius and Frank Lloyd Wright, is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. Often associated with the aphorisms, “less is more” and “God is in the details”, Mies (as he is commonly referred to) believed in the use of simple rectilinear forms, clean lines, pure use of color, and the extension of space around and beyond interior walls. His collaborator for more then ten years, Lilly Reich, was a modernist designer who began her career as a designer of textiles and women’s fashion. When Mies became the director of the avant-garde Bauhaus School of architecture and design, Reich joined the faculty, teaching interior design and furniture design. It was during this period of professional and personal partnership with Reich that Mies van der Rohe became involved in furniture design.

Since it’s introduction, the Barcelona Chair has been in production (with the exception of one sixteen year period), with very few changes from the first version. The original frame was designed to be bolted together, but in 1950, Mies redesigned the chair using stainless steel, which had recently become available. Cowhide replaced the ivory-colored pigskin which was used for the original pieces. In 1953, Mies van der Rohe ceded his rights to the design to Knoll, who has manufactured the chair since then. Though Knoll claims to be the current licensed manufacturer and holder of all trademark rights to the design, replicas abound and are sold under different marketing names. (Click here to get the scoop on licensed reproductions and reissues here on Apartment Therapy.)

For more remarkable chair designs, from classic to funky to fabulous, check out our Pinterest board! 

Classic design that will will stand the test of time is what you will get with a natural stone countertop from Prestige Marble & Granite. Stop by our showroom and let our knowledgable staff help you select the most beautiful and enduring countertops for your home. Our highly skilled fabricators use the latest in technology to ensure precise cutting, fitting, and installation of your natural stone, for a beautiful look for years to come.