How to do a stunning bathroom renovation like a pro

Two international interior designers spill the secrets they tell their clients

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A bathroom renovation is one of the most impactful changes you can make in your house (not to mention, it’s great for resale value). Yet choosing a design that looks contemporary and full of character while standing the test of time can feel daunting, to say the least. ‘I think there’s a lot of modern, very linear design at the moment, and we’re losing the possibility of a sensuous bathroom experience,’ says Glenn Pushelberg, who runs the renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg alongside co-founder George Yabu.

Tasked with a mission to bring back a sense of romanticism to the bathroom, the creative duo recently paired up with the award-winning Italian design company Salvatori to create the new Anima bathroom collection, which emphasises the spiritual and sensuous capacity of natural stone and fluid curves. Drawing on the very best of Made in Italy values, along with cutting-edge engineering and technological know-how, Salvatori fuses traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design.

To celebrate the release of their beautiful new collection with the iconic design house, we asked Yabu and Pushelberg to share their five most important considerations when it comes to creating the bathroom of your dreams.

1. Stick to a neutral colour palette

‘Be careful of trends – you want the bathroom to feel calm, especially if you’re working with a smaller space,’ advises Yabu. ‘It’s a mistake to blindly follow a directive of “be brave” and go with bold colour, then end up getting sick of it.’

They advise sticking to a neutral colour palette for a bathroom design that you won’t grow out of, and using accessories to add flair. ‘You can stretch the realm of your palette through your towels, robes and accessories – using colour and texture for these allows you to get creative,’ explains Yabu.

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salvatori anima collection yabu pushelberg bathroom marble
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2. Bring back the sensuality with natural materials

Bathrooms are practical spaces, and it’s easy to let that dictate the room, resulting in a clinical environment. ‘Some of the romanticism of bathroom design is gone,’ says Pushelberg. ‘Everyone has these linear, hard stone surfaces and very functional faucets. I think there’s an opportunity to swing back to a more romantic view. Whether the materials are deeper or the forms are more organic, your bathroom design should support this notion of sensuous experience and romance.’

Fluid curves and natural materials like marble, stone and wood will help to bring a sense of warmth, comfort and luxury into the room. This is why Salvatori specialises in natural stone – its defining characteristic is that no two pieces can ever be identical, meaning that every single one has its own unique history.

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3. Find the right lighting

‘Essentially, you want the ultimate lighting to flatter the face,’ says Pushelberg. Overhead lighting on its own can feel harsh and one-dimensional, while layering lights at varying heights and levels of diffusion through a combination of overhead, sconces and even standing lamps will bring depth and dimension.

Small and easily adjustable details like bulbs and wattage can also have a make-or-break impact on how the space feels. ‘You have to be careful that the light has a warm tone and that it doesn’t glare,’ advises Yabu. ‘Focus on creating a feeling of warmth and serenity rather than a box or tube of light.’

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4. Don’t forget about the finishing touches

‘There’s a lot of hardness in bathroom architecture,’ says Pushelberg. The duo says adding furniture and accessories into the room will make it feel more comfortable and more like an extension of the rest of your home.

‘Introduce a stool or table, a decorative light or even an oversized bathmat that doesn’t look like a bathmat – something to cue you to the rest of the house,’ he adds. ‘For example, we have an eight-foot-long bathmat, so it’s long enough for two people. It connects and expands our space.’

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amina collection salvatori yabu pushelberg bathroom stone
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Discover the luxurious new Anima bathroom collection from Salvatori at salvatori.it

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