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Live in the Details®: Classic + Contemporary Primary Bathroom Design

We recently completed an owner's suite addition on an idyllic street and neighborhood in St. Paul. The Bayard Avenue primary bathroom is classic and contemporary in design, mixing warm and cool tones with modern accents that will stand the test of time.


You've asked, we're receiving on how to create a classic + contemporary design for a primary bathroom through three easy steps:


Primary owners suite bathroom custom stain white oak vanity with single sink, large mirror and industrial inspired sconces. Ivory hexagon floor tile and black accents


1. Blending Warm + Cool Tones

Contrast is important. Mixing finishes across warm and cool tones through the tile, vanity, and finishes will carry the design through time. Remember the grey vs. beige war of the 2010s? Mixing warm and cool tones will always win.


In the Bayard Avenue primary bathroom we mixed cool polished nickel and black plumbing fixtures and accessories with a custom stained white oak vanity and warm ivory floor tile.


2. Modern + Classic Elements

Modern lines with classic finishes will carry the design through every trend for decades. The hexagonal lines of the floor tile in the Bayard Avenue project are modern yet the soft ivory weave pattern is more traditional.


3. Start with a Neutral Palette

Proving a neutral base makes interchanging trendier pieces in and out through time. Paint walls colorful colors or add wallpaper that makes your heart dance. Bring in color and pattern through decor on shelves, vanity top, and artwork. Here is our designing guide to create a neutral space that is beautiful, not boring. Plus our most asked question: favorite neutral paint colors.


Read on how to bring this design to your next bathroom renovation.


Primary owners suite bathroom custom vanity with white quartz countertop, polished nickel sink faucet and black industrial inspired wall sconces

Primary owners suite walk in shower with white artisan subway wall tile and matte white penny round shower pan tile, polished nickel finishes

Primary owners suite walk in shower with white artisan subway wall tile and matte white penny round shower pan tile, polished nickel finishes



Primary owners suite bathroom freestanding bathtub with polished nickel wall mount tub filler and custom niche with floating oak shelves styled with bathroom decor

Primary owners suite bathroom custom stain white oak vanity with black hardware, lighting and polished nickel faucet, ivory hexagon floor tile and freestanding bathtub, glass shower door

Primary owners suite tile selections on the shower and main floor including an ivory hexagon and matte white penny round tile

Primary owners suite bathroom with ivory hexagon floor tile, wall mount polished nickel tub filler with freestanding bathtub, custom stain white oak vanity with black hardware and accents

Live in the Details®

Vanity: Jkath Cabinet Shop

Vanity Knobs: Lambeth Smooth Knob, Bronze

Vanity Pulls: Lambeth Smooth 4" Pull, Bronze

Vanity Sink: American Standard Boulevard Undermount

Vanity Faucet: Delta Bowery Widespread, Polished Nickel

Vanity Sconces: Covington Shield Sconce, Bronze & Glass Shade

Vanity Mirror: Infinity Mantel Mirror, Black

Vanity Countertop: Vicostone Misterio

Floor Tile: Weave Ivory Hexagon

Shower Pan Tile: Penny Round Matte White

Shower Wall Tile: Artisan White 3x8

Shower Head + Trim: Delta Bowery, Polished Nickel

Bathtub: Eden 63" Soaking Tub, White

Tub Filler: Delta Bowery Wall Mount, Polished Nickel

Wall Paint: Benjamin Moore Dove Wing



Thanks for following along,

Katie Wick + the Jkath Team


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Check out a few recent primary bathroom projects we think you might like:

Whitegate Lane II

Westbrook Road

Country Club


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