Home and Living was happy to talk with Kelly Edwards just recently. You may know Ms. Edwards best, or be a fan of hers, from the HGTV show Design on a Dime, or Style Network’s, Tacky House. We talked to Kelly about what design elements are important in a bathroom.
Function and Design Style
Kelly says that a great starting point for a bathroom is to decide on the room’s function. Will it be a private bath or for a family of four who are sharing a space? If, indeed, it is a family-style bath, one of the most important features to incorporate will be storage. Places for the kids to have their bath toys, yet ample cupboards for mom and dad’s grooming essentials. Kelly says, “Take some time to figure out your design style. Really do some research into what it is you are drawn to.” Are you a fan of tile, or is paint a better option for the look you want to achieve? Perhaps cleanability means that since tile is more resilient, it will ultimately better suit the family-style situation mentioned above.
Some of Kelly’s favorite colors for bathrooms are the ocean or beachy colors like clear blues, minty greens and sandy beach hues. This particular palette is inductive to water environments and can even feel like a favorite spa. Kelly also told us not to discount deep navy or dark gray paint. She says colors such as these trick your eye into not seeing corners so much and blur the lines making the room seem seamless. She also loves wallpaper in a small powder room because it can create a cozy or jewel-box type of feeling.
Kelly suggests that the finish of fixtures should be matched, and she favors all chrome faucets for their clean and functional lines. Think too, about how the fixtures will serve you. As a spokesperson for Waterpik she knows that its most recent product offering—the EcoFlow™ line of 10 green, water-saving, low-flow hand-held shower options—may fit your lifestyle the best. And think about the handheld versions if you are going to wash the dog in the shower.
Kelly gravitates toward the traditional style of bathroom and she says she loves claw-foot bathtubs. Her ultimate favorite though, was a bathroom decorated by Windsor Smith for Veranda with black walls, white fixtures and gold sconces. There is another favorite of hers at The Citizen Hotel in Sacramento that has a masculine bath with plaid wallpaper and subway tile, so classic, yet stylish. “Experiment with reflective objects,” Kelly says, “try out mirrors and look for sconces, or think about using pieces with character. Things that may seem eclectic—like a bar cart for storage or a garden seat for placing towels are good ideas.”
That sounds like good advice to us, Kelly. Thanks for the interview and we’ll keep watching you on the design shows, good luck!
Partnership: Waterpik and Kelly Edwards
Water Pik, Inc., announces the start of a year-long partnership with do-it-yourself designer Kelly Edwards. The design TV host and Waterpik® will partner on a year-long marketing campaign which will include content development, exclusive bathroom design tips, bathroom makeover contests and social media campaigns and events in support of the brand’s successful shower and faucets business.
Check out the Waterpik Bathroom Makeover Contest with Kelly Edwards at: http://www.waterpik.com/shower-contest/