When it comes to a minimalist design aesthetic that's both chic and approachable, Gwyneth Paltrow always gets it right. She often shares glimpses of her simple sophisticated bathroom in her outfit round-ups, and the covetable The Goop x CB2 rug features heavily on her Instagram grid (unfortunately, we've hunted, and it's no longer available).
The actress's bathroom is for sure a lesson in the less is more approach, but there's a softness to it too, mostly thanks to the area rug - rugs in bathrooms are a yes in our opinion. We spoke with interior designers on how to recreate this timeless bathroom aesthetic and got their tips on how to add interest and warmth to a minimalist style.
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Gwyneth Paltrow's floor-length mirror reflects a large window with clean, black steel edging to light up the room. Deep gray floors are elevated with a cream-striped rug, and white, textural walls ground the entire look. Black hardware links back to the beams on the windows.
Interior design experts love the always-stylish, no-fuss nature of Gwenyth's minimalist bathroom. Celebrated interior designer Charmaine Wynter, states, 'Gwyneth Paltrow's bathroom exhibits a timeless elegance that perfectly reflects her personal style. With a nod to her self-proclaimed tomboy nature, the space is uncluttered and effortlessly chic.'
Charmaine Wynter is an award winning interior designer at Charmaine Wynter Enterprises and applies her design experience to life, sharing her advice with her followers through her Instagram live 'Host-Chatting with Charmaine Live'. Charmaine has been a featured designer on TV shows across North America.
Melissa Read, a London-based interior designer and founder of Studio Burntwood, adds, 'The space is minimal yet highly functional, with sleek surfaces and clean lines that create a sense of calm and tranquillity. The dark bronze details throughout highlight the contemporary and streamlined design, bringing the entire space together seamlessly. A merge of clean lines and dark metalwork has been artfully mixed with delicate colors and paneling to create an elegant and timeless space.'
Melissa Read attended the KLC School of Design in Chelsea before working at London's best-regarded interior design studios. She has worked with several private clients and property developers and designed flats in Chelsea, Belgravia, and Mayfair.
Designers further admire the functional aspects of the space. They see the room as perfectly adapted to Gwenyth's lifestyle, down to the calming bathroom colors. Charmaine Wynter says, 'The combination of traditional brass fixtures, ethereal frameless mirrors, and sleek white cabinetry creates a harmonious balance. The choice of plush white towels and artisanal tiles with their imperfect charm further enhance the serene atmosphere. Bathed in a soothing palette of sea glass green and white, this spa-like sanctuary offers a tranquil place for a refreshing start to a busy day or a moment of relaxation before retiring to bed.'
Melissa Read echoes Charmaine's sentiment stating: 'The space has been adapted to Gwenyth's lifestyle, with additional hanging space and a large mirror which creates the ideal space for outfit planning.'
Gwenyth's bathroom is proof that minimalism doesn't have to mean stark and cold, even in a bathroom you can bring in decor to give the space texture and depth. We'd say the key here is the rug. Bathroom rugs may not sound super practical but they are a huge interior design trend, and if you pick one like Gwenyth's that's a low pile and a practical shade, it just helps to soften all the clean lines and cooler tones that are synonymous with minimalist style.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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