If your home has been designed to make you feel special, how can your bathroom be forgotten? Baro founder Srila Chatterjee takes us through her project and shows us how to up the ante in the most personal space of the house…
For the master bath, we had to work with windows that opened on to shafts that could not be closed up. We wanted to give the room as much light as possible because it did not have a window to the outside. The counter is a beautiful metal-worked sideboard that was adapted for the plumbing. Because the bedroom has a lotus floor, I used the lotus motif to develop a giant mirror in metal too. Track lights on the ceiling create enough light for the mirror too. The beauty is the hand-carved marble jaali fitted into the shaft window, that allows light in and covers up the ugly pipes. The mango wall is a happy addition, along with a shoe storage unit and beautiful Rajasthani miniature flower paintings.
This guest bath doubles as a powder room, so it’s a place guests would always see. I started with the Moroccan-style tiles, and I chose the rest of the colours off this – blue, terra-cotta and sand. I found a great console at Magnolia, and got it adapted to have a basin in the centre. The Kohler Peacock was the perfect colour for the basin and WC. The vintage chandelier from Chor Bazaar adds the perfect amount of drama. I set it in the corner because it’s the best way to show it off and still not have it in anyone’s way. The half-moon shaped mirror is back-lit so it looks like it’s floating!
This was a small bathroom with a big shower area. We started with the peacock tiles and went with an all-white bathroom otherwise. I used matching blue 4X4 ceramic tiles with big white grouting for the floor. The decoupage kettle with the fresh Baby’s Breath on the white quartz counter is the final touch!
Srila’s Tips For Decorating Your Bathroom
Use art, but be careful of areas that get too wet or steamy. If it’s a very damp bathroom, use canvas works that don’t need framing
Lights used interestingly make a huge difference
Minimise cladding walls with stone or tile: when you paint them, you can treat them with any kind of dressing you like
Think of interesting ways to play with essentials like the mirror, storage areas and basin
Keep to a colour scheme – in a small space, it’s always more attractive
Srila Chatterjee, Founder, Baro, Mumbai
“I work at the extraordinary intersection of advertising, film, design and fashion. I’ve styled interior spaces for people who are charmed by my distinctive style. In the new pandemic-influenced world, I’ve taken all my curated treasures that cover the gamut of home, fashion, art, gifting and beyond online as Baro Market.”
Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company
Images courtesy: Baro