Summer 2016 Style: Update Your Beach House Bathroom Design

Beach House Bathroom Design for Summer 2016

Ah, the beach house. The summer escape of your dreams. After years of saving and careful planning, it’s finally yours. And it’s beautiful, isn’t it? The bright accent colors, the smell of the ocean and fresh salt air, the never-ending ambient light streaming through your windows…

But what to do about that beach house bathroom design?

Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom's space.
Great views and open floor plans can maximize your beach house bathroom’s space. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Let’s face it – the beach house bathroom is the room you hope none of your visitors ever have to see, let alone use. Often a mix of eroded fixtures, faded tile and chipped-up tubs and sinks, the typical beach house bathroom is never the focal point of great design.

Thankfully, we have good news – not only can your beach house bathroom design be saved, but with a little help, you can transform it into a gorgeous work of art!

Beach House Bathroom Design: Here’s Why You Should Care!

Many of the questions that beach house owners have about updating their bathroom designs seem logical.

“Why should I invest in the bathroom; it’s just going to get dirty!” “What happens when family and guests track sand all over?” “Shouldn’t I just consider my beach home’s bathroom as a glorified mud room?”

The answer to all these concerns is a simple one. Your family, friends and guests will inherently assign the same value to any room in your home that you do – bathroom included. If you invest the time, focus and proper design elements towards making your beach house bathroom sleek, stylish and beautiful, its users will treat it with the same care and respect.

Peter Salerno Inc. award winning transitional bath design, 2015. [Photo: Peter Rymwid]

This Project May Require Some Help!

The last thing you want to do when you finally get to your beach home for the summer is work on it! On top of that fact, the average beach house bathroom design faces a ton of challenges that may require professional attention. From weather-worn surfaces to years of sandy footprints, outdated materials and features to dingy, sun-damaged walls, your beach house bathroom re-design project probably needs expert help.

But that shouldn’t deter you from taking on the task! The trick is selecting a world-class custom bath designer with a long resume of beach house design experience. Discriminating beach home owners on the East Coast often turn to Peter Salerno and Peter Salerno Inc., designers of beach home kitchens and baths from Florida to the Jersey Shore.

Many beach home owners are reluctant to spend money updating their summer home designs. Peter Salerno feels that is a mistake. “Treat your beach home or summer home as equal to your house,” he explains. “The more value you add to your beach house, the more time you’re bound to spend there enjoying it. Your investment will repay itself in not only improved home value, but years of added enjoyment and satisfaction.”

Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting.
Update your beach house bathroom to be sleek, stylish and inviting. (Credit Peter Rymwid)

Summer 2016: Beach House Bathroom Design Ideas

  • Fresh white never goes out of style at the beach.
    • While different bright color palettes go in and out of style over multiple summers, fresh white is always in season. Add a sense of clean and classy style to your beach home bathroom design by making white your main design color.
  • Don’t be afraid of tile floors.
    • Many beach home owners cover their bathroom floors with area rugs, throws and other mats, thinking they’re “protecting” their flooring. In reality, all these homeowners end up with are cruddy, ratty old rugs. Don’t be afraid of your beach house tile floors – especially in fresh white or bold beach colors! Again, if you add value into your summer home, it will be respected by those who visit it (not destroyed).
  • If you don’t want blue, try earth tones!
    • Nautical blue and white is a tried-and-true beach house bath design color scheme. If you want something unique and appealing, try wood and earth tones in your summer home bathroom. The natural tones and hues of brown and green reflect the sand, grassy dunes and shade trees of your summer retreat.

Interview: Ren Miller, Design NJ Magazine

Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design New Jersey magazine.
Ren Miller, editor-in-chief of Design New Jersey magazine.

For 13 years, knowledgeable and sophisticated homeowners, designers and home decor enthusiasts have turned to Design New Jersey magazine to provide beautiful design, quality information and fantastic imagery. The staff at Design New Jersey is comprised of New Jersey natives, who are intimately connected with the tastes, trends and desires that dictate New Jersey home design.

Over the last 8 years, the guiding hand of Design New Jersey has been its editor-in-chief, Ren Miller. With an impressive background in both design and editorial management, Ren has proven his worth by leading his magazine into the present (and often beyond). His taste for classic design and sophistication is well-known, but we at Peter Salerno Inc. also value Ren’s ability to look into the future of home design.

We sat down with the talented Ren Miller for our Summer 2013 blog cycle to discuss Design New Jersey, the relationship between himself and Peter Salerno, and the very latest trends in beach house and vacation home design.

Peter Salerno Blog: So, Design New Jersey is celebrating 13 years in print.

Ren Miller: Our 13th year is coming to a close, and Year 14 will begin with our February/March 2014 issue. We have great readers. It’s a smaller niche, but a loyal niche.

PSB: Not to jinx you, but a lot of magazines – especially niche ones – fold rather quickly. How have you managed to build 13 years of success?

RM: We try to change with the times; as a result, we re-designed the magazine two years ago. We started with highly traditional homes, but in the last few years we’ve expanded to showcase condos, apartments, and transitional design homes. Baby boomers are “downsizing” in non-traditional fashions – owning two homes in different locations, and so on – so we’ve felt as though our magazine should cater to its readers, not vice versa.

PSB: So it wouldn’t be our blog if we didn’t ask – how have you come to view Peter Salerno?

RM: Peter’s projects usually come through photographer Peter Rymwid, who will submit the project to the magazine. Peter’s very approachable but not always on our backs – he’s not one to blow his own horn. And he’s a very nice person, very easy to work with. He’s a quiet giant in the industry. He’s not big on self-promotion; he’s big on promoting good design.

His design sense and the quality of what he does is something we think our readers want. Beyond focusing on looking good and working well – from a business and personal standpoint, he’s always accessible to us, always has the details ready. He’s excited to talk about what he’s done, even after the projects have been completed. The fact that he’s excited about the homeowners’ use of their new space shows me that he really cares about the design and its function.

PSB: So our Summer 2013 theme is “The Beautiful Beach Life”. You’ve probably seen many changes in beach home design in the past few years.

RM: Oh, absolutely. After the 1980s when there was so much dated furniture and decorations, people are trying to get away from that. As a result, the designs are becoming cleaner and becoming more sophisticated. People are trying to make their beach homes more like their regular homes, just with a bit more color.

PSB: So color is making its way into beach homes?

RM: Absolutely. Navy blue and white is a popular combination, but rather traditional; in the past few years we’ve seen combinations of two shades of blue – navy blue and aqua, for example. It provides freshness. Navy and orange is a bold combination as well. Be creative with patterns and colors – area rugs, throw pillows.

PSB: Peter Salerno and his staff are renowned for beautiful kitchen designs. How does that play into the modern beach or vacation home?

RM: Even if entails taking down a wall, it’s important to have an open kitchen. It’s important for the cook or people utilizing the kitchen to be involved with the rest of the house. Also, your kitchen should accommodate a large group. What good is a family vacation home if you can’t share it with a big group of family and friends? If it’s a small kitchen, I’d take an adjacent room and incorporate it in the kitchen.

PSB: What about vacation homes in general? Any tips to fully realize those spaces?

RM: Views, views, views. Views are important – get some big windows in your vacation home! Also, you need to make the most of your space.  Every vacation home should have a sizeable entertainment center and/or chest to store games, media, etc. There will be rainy days, and you need to stay entertained!

PSB: What about some tips for vacation or beach home owners who want to “spruce up” their space without spending a bundle?

RM: A not-too-expensive item I think is a great option for vacation homes are throws – especially in the mountains or lakes. Also, look into weather-resistant fabrics;  they look and feel like regular indoor fabrics now, so why not use them indoors? Especially recovering a chair or sofa.

PSB: What about flooring for a vacation home?

RM: In a vacation home, any shore houses in particular, you don’t want wall-to-wall carpeting because you’ll never get all the junk out of it. Tile or wood makes more sense, and then soften that look with smaller area rugs.

PSB: Overall, what is your message to designers of beach/vacation homes – and to their owners?

RM: Don’t be afraid of color, and don’t be afraid to have a little fun. Because it’s a vacation home, you can definitely be more free with design spirit.

Ren Miller is the editor-in-chief of Design New Jersey magazine. For more about Peter Salerno and his award-winning design firm, please visit our website.