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10 Unique Bathroom Design Ideas

Mirrored Tile Powder Room by Amy Studebaker Design

At a glance, it’s clear that St. Louis interior designer Amy Studebaker takes a unique approach to bathroom design. Each space offers a thoughtful mix of materials, often incorporating repurposed or antique pieces, distinctive tile, stone and lighting. And her aesthetic is wide-ranging—she’s as comfortable conjuring Art Deco glamour as she is taking inspiraiton from seaside retreats.

We asked Amy and her team to share insight into their philosophy and process…

“When designing a bathroom, we first primarily focus on the needs of our client and how the space will function for them. We always ensure that our design will reflect not only their personal style, but their lifestyle as well.  We will then step back and assess the walls, floors, and ceiling and determine which surface to emphasize and really make it shine. This becomes our jumping-off point for the rest of the design and we source products that will coordinate with or enhance our focal point.”

Mirrored Tile Powder Room by Amy Studebaker Design





“When we’re emphasizing the walls in a bathroom, we love to use products such as wallcoverings, tile, or wood panels, but sometimes it’s as simple as using the depth of a paint color to create a dramatic backdrop for the other items in the space.  The ceilings and floors can also be great surfaces to get creative with by using an interesting tile pattern, a contrasting grout color, a rich paint color, or even an application of an unexpected product like tree branches or old road signs. We also love being able to use natural stones on various surfaces because there are just so many ways to create a unique look with stone, whether that’s with the flooring, the walls, a countertop, or a backsplash.”


Coastal Inspired Bathroom by Amy Studebaker Design


Black and White Powder Room by Amy Studebaker Design


Powder Room Design Ideas from Amy Studebaker Design


“The other elements of the bathroom, such as furniture, lighting, and plumbing fixtures are just as important to the overall design of the space as the walls, ceiling, and floors. We love to use antique furniture pieces as vanities because they add a touch of charm and uniqueness.  Lighting is a great place to add some glamour, sparkle, or even masculinity. The lighting in the room can really set the tone of the rest of the space or introduce a new element to the design. Just as with lighting, the plumbing fixtures can also be used as a focal point where we’ll design the backsplash to emphasize a faucet, or they can play a supporting role and simply add to the overall effect of the space. When specifying plumbing fixtures, we’re always looking for simplicity, clean lines, and a touch of something unexpected.”



Lake House Master Bathroom Design by Amy Studebaker

Photo by Alise O’Brien

Coastal Inspired Guest Bathroom from Amy Studebaker Design

Photo by Alise O’Brien

Coastal Living, Guest Bathroom Vanity by Amy Studebaker Design

Photo by Alise O’Brien

We’re grateful to Amy and her team for sharing their valuable insight. It’s clear what a difference a designer can make when facing a bathroom design or renovation. To discuss your own design needs or plans for upcoming projects, contact Amy Studebaker Design. And for a behind-the-scenes look at their work and helpful design tips, be sure to follow ASD on Instagram.


Amy  Studebaker Design