Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ways to Get Bathroom with a Personality

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ways to Get Bathroom with a Personality

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IN RENOVATING A bathroom, you may want to choose a mood, or time period, to which all of your design decisions can be keyed.

Some of the best rooms in "Bathrooms," by Chris Casson Madden, evoke something else entirely. One, packed with bookshelves, doubles as a library; another, lined with banana-leaf wallpaper, feels like a vintage cabana.

Following are some of the book's suggestions for bathroom makeovers:

Buy the best fixtures you can afford. Sinks, showerheads, faucets, toilets, cabinets - all of these get heavy use and must be built not just to please, but to last.

To stay within a renovation budget, spend less on decorative details. In the right setting, oversized white subway tiles can be as distinctive as Carrera marble, and a dressing-table chair may look just as crisp in terry as in damask.

Buy the biggest and best-looking medicine cabinet you can find. A small one will resemble the junk drawer in the kitchen, crammed with essentials, eternally short on space. …

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