"" MaDDI: Trend Report: Moroccan Inspired Bathrooms

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trend Report: Moroccan Inspired Bathrooms

I've been seeing a lot of bathrooms with touches of Moroccan decor on the interwebs lately. Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres's house was recently(ish) featured in Architectural Digest, including this shot of their bathroom:

A while back, House Beautiful featured this bathroom by designer Cathy Kinkaid, which is a touch traditional for my taste, but I am feeling the Ann Sacks Moroccan Cross and Star tiles.

But my personal favorite is this reversal of the traditional cross and star motif, with the crosses in black and the star in white.

I can't decide what I like most about this bathroom. The tiles? The weathered wood sink console? Those fricking fantastic drawer pulls? The mirrors? All around tie? You know, I think what I love most is how all those elements interact with each other-- it's sleek, it's eclectic, it's industrial. With an unexpected antique-y feel to it. Here's how I'd recreate the look:

1. Marble (background) - Calcutta Marble
2. Sink Console - Maison Single Vanity, Resoration Hardware (with some minor modifications-- I switched out the handles and lopped off the legs to make it more modern. Ha! The joys of virtual decorating.)
3. Drawer Pulls - Ochre Horn Handles
4. Medicine Cabinet - Pharmacy Wall Mount Medicine Cabinet in Burnished Steel, Restoration Hardware
5. Tiles - Mosaic House
6. Flowers - Peonies


  1. Alex-- great post. Curious how you see laying out the two patterned tiles.

  2. Thanks, Kathleen! To be 100% honest, I didn't think it through when I initially posted-- so I'm really glad you asked, because you got me thinking.

    The patterned tile in the foreground is definitely the busier of the two patterns, visually. If it were my bathroom, I would tile the bathroom floor in the traditional star-and-cross motif (the tile in the background) and use the foreground pattern for tiling the back of a recessed shower ledge. It would be really fun to see it poking out behind bottles of colofrul shampoo and shower gel. A nice surprise, without overwhelming the space-- especially in a small bathroom.

    1. PS Kathleen, are you planning Moroccan tile for your beautiful new home? If so, can't wait to see how it turns out on your blog!

  3. Hi Alex-- thanks for comments. Yes thinking about it right now for a renovation in Sonoma. Will share photos!