Gwyneth Paltrow masters blending modern and antique design with this one stunning bathroom detail

Gwyneth Paltrow's stylish shower has the perfect mix of modern and traditional design. Design experts weigh in on why it works

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Gwyneth Paltrow is known for embodying the 'quiet luxury' trend with her impeccable taste, and her bathroom certainly proves her reputation. The Goop mogul took to Instagram to show fans her hair-washing routine, but the timeless design of her shower room stole the show.

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The Iron Man actress’s video opens with a view from outside the shower. The doors are made up of clean-lined black panels with glass squares in between. The back wall shows an inset shelf with a selection of curated products carefully displayed. All of Gwyneth’s hardware is matte black, from the handles to the hand-held shower head. The camera pans up to reveal the sleek white and gray marble ceiling featuring a sleek rain shower. 

One detail stands out above all others: the antique-looking tiles. Gwyneth’s black and white tiles are unique, and look almost hand-painted in the style of traditional Moroccan design. The edges of each square tile are left unglazed, creating a particularly vintage look.

‘I love a tile that feels like it’s been around for a number of years and has that sort of antique feel to it’ Gwyneth gushes to her followers. ‘I thought it was really nice to offset the other very kind of modern elements in the bathroom’ she says. The look is so iconic, Gwyneth’s shower is likely to spark a new patterned tile trend

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The clean lines and glass of the shower combined with the rustic, patterned tiles, mean that Gwyneth’s shower effortlessly blends the antique and the modern. 

To create a similar look that is at once contemporary and lived-in in any room, interior designer Swati Goorha recommends ‘mixing in vintage finds with modern furniture, playing with the scale of furniture, and adding fewer larger-scale pieces of furniture in a smaller space to scale the room. 

I also advise using fabrics and materials to create an inviting, lived-in feel. Think vintage stools, flea market vases, and materials that patina and age over time, telling unique stories of the people who live in the space.’ 

Swati Goorha Interior Designer
Swati Goorha

Swati Goorha holds an MS in Interior Architecture and Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She has designed residences and commercial spaces all over the country from coast to coast. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

By focusing on an artful blend of the old and the new, you can create an effortlessly elegant space that is truly timeless.

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I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture focusing 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. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.