Gina Sims Designs


Ocean Inspired Master Bathroom

There are basic, builder grade bathrooms all over this country that are crying out for inspiration. This is a tale about how Gina Sims Designs is taking on those bathrooms, one Octopus-loving client at a time. Here's the original state of the master bathroom (extra points if you can find me in the images):


My client's inspiration starting point was a decorative Octopus hook: it referenced the ocean without screaming THIS IS A HOOK FOR A NAUTICAL THEMED BATHROOM AT A BEACH HOUSE.  We adopted it as the project's spirit animal and kept the ocean and the beach in mind while drenching this space (did ya see what I did there?) with inspiration and character.


The Octopus print over the newly tiled bath makes a subtle nod to our inspiration without being cheesy, thematic, or VRBO-beach-condo-bathroom. This is a sophisticated print that makes the space personal and interesting. We anchored (I'm so good at this) the space with a gray-toned, tile with a driftwood appearance.

Instead of a traditional bullnose tile trimming out the edges of the tub (and as you'll see below, in the shower), we used a black schluter to give this traditional space a modern edge. (#funfact: a schluter is a metal border profile that can be used to create decorative designs in tile fields on walls and floors)


Moving on to the vanity area, we replaced the traditional lighting with these brilliant brass wall scones that bring a fancy-boutique-hotel-bathroom feeling to the space. Just that extra bit of special that everyone needs in the master bath. The vanity has been painted Indigo Batik and topped with quartz. The black framed mirrors echo the clean lines that the schluter creates in the tile. The orange runner provides a great pop of contrasting color against the deep blues in the room.


Another basic, builder grade bathroom has been thoughtfully redesigned: but the best part of my job is seeing this expression on my client's face when its all done!