Patterned tiles steal the spotlight in this California powder room

Blue patterned round tile in powder room with white vanity

Styling by Kate Lister / Photography by Amy Bartlam

Sometimes project conditions are more than ideal—which is exactly what happened when interior designer Kate Lister was hired to furnish this California home. Expertly built by Titan & Co. “It’s a seaside town that revolves around sun, sand, and livable luxury,” notes Lister. “Since it was a new home, we didn’t want to waste resources. I built an amazing painting, which is very rare.”

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This powder bathroom has strong details right from the start: a wide white nightstand has room for four cabinets, and is topped with a marble countertop that can easily fit into a variety of styles. Lester intended to celebrate the California home’s charm, but thought adding more European elements would give that breeze some much-needed weight. “Overall, I wanted this design to feel personal, understated, and welcoming, rather than just trend-oriented,” she says. Lister also took thoughtful design risks in this room due to its size, and thought a floor-to-ceiling backsplash tile would make a stylish effect. She didn’t want it to be too colorful, and looked for tiles that could pop without being cumbersome. Lester found what she was looking for in a circular patterned tile in gray, black and white with crisscrosses in the middle.

“I think a little bit of color in every room makes a home more special, and I find that most clients tend to feel more comfortable pushing the envelope in energy rooms, like these,” she says. “That’s why this bold tile just works.”

She added a pair of gold mesh sconces to the ends of the vanity to subtly coordinate with the balls in the backsplash. The vanity faucet and hardware are made to match what is arranged above. According to the designer, switching cabinet hardware is always a game changer.

Instead of sticking to a single style, Lester layered coastal and traditional styling, styling everything until it felt right. On top of modern geometric tiles, an organic, sea-inspired wood mirror draws some attention. “I think it’s important to enjoy mirrors,” she says. “I’d recommend people to ditch the medicine cabinet or the glass on the wall and go with something that looks like art.” With layered influences and a cohesive color palette, this small room is a masterpiece.

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Choose Turkish Towels

Our 100 percent cotton woven Turkish towels aren’t as plush as cloth towels, but they dry faster and lend spa-inspired style to the bathroom. Quick-drying Turkish towels are a must for bathrooms that do not have good ventilation.

Turkish striped towel

Turkish striped towel

feature wall tiles

No wall paint or wallpaper required – this powder room is proof. Floor-to-ceiling circular patterned tiles act as the room’s focal point. Matching the gray paint on the adjacent wall pulls the design together.

Round gray textured tile on the focal wall in the bathroom with white table

Round gray textured tile on the focal wall in the bathroom with white table

Think again in the mirror

Who said a bathroom mirror had to be predictable rectangular? This walnut mirror reimagines an old-fashioned hand mirror on a grand scale.

Round walnut mirror with handle

Round walnut mirror with handle

light the way

Perforated gold wall sconces brighten up the room, while introducing texture and a touch of gloss over gray and white tiles. Combined with the traditional style faucet, these fixtures look particularly modern.

Engraved and perforated gold candlestick

Engraved and perforated gold candlestick

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