“With glam, there will definitely be a feeling of excess,” says Toronto interior designer Mimi Pineau. “It will be a bit more risqué and over-the-top than creating a purely luxurious interior,” she says.
Everyone can appreciate a glamorous bathroom. Think sparkling fixtures and luxe materials with a restful-but-sexy polish and you’ve got the makings of a bathroom that oozes glam style.
After years of safe, borderline-sterile bathrooms, interiors dripping with glamour appeal to the many opulence-lovers among us. glam style can be a far broader designation nowadays.
“Glam style can designed in many ways: modern or retro, luxuriant or minimal,” Mimi says. Retro-style sinks can mingle with crystal chandeliers, clean-lined fixtures can be juxtaposed against an ornate mirror with glittering details. Shine and sparkle are key. “With glam, the decor would most certainly include several reflective or high-gloss surfaces,” including metals, Mimi says.
Here are 10 ways to get the look.
1 Go big at first, and scale back if needed. “I generally plan on a number of dramatic elements, then scale back as needed, to the point where the client feels comfortable, but the space still feels ultra-stylish,” Mimi says.
2 Lamps should be dramatic. Forget simple, go for impactful, “be it a chandelier, large scale pendant, or eye-catching sconces.”
3 Dress the walls richly. “You need a dramatic color, wallpaper or sparkly tile. These add immensely to the overall mood and can create a moody jewel-box feel, or depending on the color scheme, a cooler glam effect.” says the Toronto designer.Grahamandbrown.com
4 Get curvy and shapely accents. “With glam, I think of accessories and hardware with a feminine frame of mind: curvy or mirrored accent furniture and accessories such as shapely perfume bottles that add interest to the decor.”
5 Avoid white excess: white walls, white fixtures and white towels create a clean, restful and spa-like vibe but they don’t shout glam. Lush jewel-tone hues, ripe pinks, rich creams and even black (think Chanel’s black lacquer cosmetic cases) do.
7 Opt by marble and granite because luxurious stone is the way to go. In relatively small space like a bathroom, gorgeous natural stone make a splashy, glam impact whether it be for flooring or countertops.
8 Pick a big mirror. It will help you to achieve reflective surfaces, shine and sparkle that all contribute to glam style. “A dramatic mirror as big as the wall space will allow is a must,” Mimi says.
9 In a glamorous bathroom, don’t forget the soft touches. Mimi says she would display some tactile, softer elements such as very plush towels to contrast with the harder lines of the fixtures and finishes.
10 Remember that glam doesn’t mean gaudy. You’re aiming for a look that’s polished, classy yet alluring. Would a modern-day Audnel’s black lacquer cosmetic cases do.