after all, are places to unwind and relax.
All for “keeping it calm” in the master bath, Coughlin focuses on understated
details, tying in elements from the rest of the
master suite and bringing in color through
small accessories. But subtle is by no means
boring. “It’s really important to still have fun
with things being simple,” she says.
For one master retreat, where walls and
woodwork were all a neutral off-white hue,
Coughlin conceptualized a herringbone tile
floor. Made from 12-by-12-inch white and
cream tiles she had custom-cut into strips and
inlaid in the pattern, the new floor is visually
fresh yet understated and classically timeless.
“The master bath should be soothing,
but with one strong accent,” says Coughlin.
“In a powder room, you can be a little bit more
playful.” In secondary baths, Coughlin likes to
let loose with wallpaper. Whether her selections feature big patterns, whimsical shapes, or
subtle embellishments, there is always a connecting thread: Color palettes echo accents in
adjacent rooms; prints reflect the users; and
walls complement preexisting floors.
In a powder room in a Boston brownstone, Coughlin used Katie Ridder’s Oiseau
wallpaper to pick up orange details throughout the first floor and keep the windowless
to add subtle visual interest to a master
bath, Coughlin designed a herringbone floor
from 12-by-12-inch cream and white tiles.
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