STEVE HERMANN ACHIEVED A DESIGNER’S HAT TRICK WITH THE COHESIVE LOOK OF THREE BATHROOMS
Written By: Ashley Griffin
When designer Steve Hermann approached the bathroom design for this 1960s mid-century modern Hollywood Hills retreat, he followed his traditional approach for home design – as if he was in a movie scene.
For this home, themed with what Hermann calls a “sexy cool” vibe, he focused on creating clean lines and open space in each of the rooms.
Using his talented eye for design, Hermann carried his aesthetic through the entire home, including the master bath and the two additional guest bathrooms. Within the bathrooms, Hermann utilized touches like wood paneling on the walls to tie the rooms’ designs together; at the same time, he embraced subtle changes in the design from bathroom to bathroom – such as a switch of one stunning sink for another – that act to distinguish the rooms as separate entities.
Nevertheless, these designs were not easily achieved. Each bathroom also presented Hermann with a smaller than desirable square footage within which he wanted to create on open, airy feel. To overcome this design hurdle, Hermann created a crisp, clean-lined space using sleek, functional pieces and light color schemes. Thus, the resulting bathrooms both look and feel larger than they really are.
The home’s two guest bathrooms, where texture-rich, artistically minded focal points create dramatic results, perhaps best represent the airy ambiance achieved by such a clean design. In one, a curved wooden Agape sink acts as the room’s stunning centerpiece.
Because the homeowner was young, single, and without a family, Hermann used interesting pieces such as this sink to push forward with an adult-focused design in both guest baths. Additionally, Hermann knew the auxiliary bedrooms and bathrooms would be utilized only by temporary guests and
likely did not need to address storage as an issue. For these reasons, the design and pieces used in the rooms became as artistic as they are functional.
This reasoning explains his choice of sink for the second guest bath. Because of the room’s small size, Hermann had to limit the focal point to one piece and – in keeping in the tradition of the other guest room – he again used the sink as the room’s piece de resistance.
Unlike the home’s guest baths, Hermann approached the master bathroom with its functionality and amenities in mind. He wanted it to have ample storage for the owner but also
maintain an aesthetic that was in line with the rest of the home’s clean look. Thus, he added a substantial sink and vanity for storage but kept the rest of the
room’s design streamlined and simple.
Within this room, he also used a twist on the wood-paneled walls found in the home’s guest baths.
This use of wood here, in a different form, also points to the way Hermann has created a fluid design throughout the home. In each of these bathrooms, he engage light-colored wood accents and paneling as well as a common color palette with mild variations. The end result is a stunning, cohesively designed set of bathrooms that all fit with the sexy, sophisticated theme that echoes throughout the home.