Skip Sroka, ASID, of Sroka Design

Freshen Up!

Insights: Ideas from H&D Design Partners

Freshen Up!

Designers reveal clever ways to spruce up a humdrum bath

Skip Sroka, ASID, of Sroka Design let the architecture take center stage in this Bethesda bath, which he softened with a skirted armchair and sheers on the lower windows. “Keep it clean-looking and work with what you have,” he says.



Quick fixes include installing a new mirror, sconces or hardware. Replacing faucets or light fixtures can also add big impact.
—MELANIE WHITTINGTON, Whittington Design Studio



Updating the paint color and window treatments will help, as will switching out old countertops for stone ones.
—KORI KEYSER, ASID, Keyser Interiors, Inc.



Refresh old wood vanities with a new color or updated stain.
—ARLENE CRITZOS, Interior Concepts

Switching out bath or hand towels can change the look completely. And adding glass jars with soaps or bath salts can make a bath feel like a tranquil spa.
—KRISTIN PEAKE, Kristin Peake Interiors

Take your outdated slab of a mirror and frame it using coordinated tile from your bathroom for a more finished look.
Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID, Fitzsimmons Design Associates, Inc.

Fashion Forward

Hot new products dress up the bath

THG-Paris: Infini collection.


Hastings Tile & Bath: Linear Countertops.

Crosswater London: Dial Central 2000 Valve.

Kohler: Veil Intelligent wall-hung toilet.