How to redo your bathroom
If you’re not starting from scratch, as Gwyneth recently did with her home spa, there’s still plenty you can do to freshen up almost any bathroom, says Ariel Okin, designer of New York. Okin, which has its own lines of furniture, wallpaper and accessories, as well as a beautiful e-commerce site, Fenimore Lane, also runs its own interior design business with clients including Lena Dunham and goop ( she transformed an empty Union Square loft into our fancy pre-COVID East Coast HQ), among countless other projects. Here, Okin’s brilliant decorating tips for changing up your space – no contractor needed.
ENTERTAIN WITH ACCESSORIES
Greenery and oversized artwork have the power to draw attention away from “anything less than stellar, like dull tiles,” says Okin. “A large mirror is ideal if you don’t have windows.”
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Large woven baskets, a patterned shower curtain, a beautiful bath rug, amazing wallpaper and, Okin’s surefire move, a fresh coat of paint can all accomplish a similar feat. “A smooth coat of white paint (or a shocking, bold color) can transform a dated, dull vanity and does wonders for making a space clean and crisp,” she says.
LIGHT IS EVERYTHING
“Replacing light fixtures is an easy solution that you can implement without having to renovate. Any qualified electrician can remove the old and install the new. It can do wonders for making a space look new without having to do much else,” says Okin. “Natural light is your best friend in a bathroom,” she says, but whether you have large windows or no windows at all, steer clear of overhead lighting and opt for sconces and floor lamps or table lamps instead. . “Any kind of light coming from a filtered shade is more flattering and diffused than overhead canned lighting,” says Okin. “And it’s really useful for applying makeup or inspecting your skin.”
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The best lighting, of course, is candlelight. “Set the mood for that well-deserved long bath,” says Okin.
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Okin recommends professionals in Neat method, which have a simple system that anyone can use: empty all drawers and cupboards, rate what you have, and create categories (hairstyle, makeup, etc.). Measure the dimensions of your drawers and cabinet space and purchase the corresponding caddies and bins. “In the baskets go the products, and lo and behold, you can easily find and put everything away to keep the bathroom clean and tidy,” she says.
SHOW YOUR FAVORITES
Not everything should be relegated to trash cans and cupboards. Okin presents its most frequently used shower products on an elegant stainless steel tray.
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Add greenery directly to the shower. “Fresh eucalyptus smells great and can stay bundled up in the shower for weeks,” says Okin. “It makes the bathroom feel like a spa every time the water comes on.”
She keeps an oak box for books, candles and a glass of wine. “Natural materials like wood add texture and warmth,” says Okin. And a silver julep cup holds her everyday essentials, including her favorite Westman Atelier Vital Skin foundation stick.
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“The easiest and most effective way to make a bathroom truly luxurious and intentionally designed is with pretty glass jars,” says Okin. “Keep cotton balls, Q-tips, bath salts and even mouthwash in there – they just look great.”
INVEST IN PILES OF WHITE TOWELS
“There’s nothing cozier or more enveloping than a set of cozy white towels,” she says. “They make a bathroom feel like you’re in a luxury European hotel. And they look fabulous neatly folded on a chic wooden stool. However, not everything has to match: “I love add a patterned or scalloped hand towel here and there for a little punch.”