Designer Bella Mancini creates eclectic spaces that feel relaxed, authentic and livable. “A room should tell a story, not look like it was all done at once,” she told Hamptons Cottages and Gardens in a recent feature. Her interiors for clients in NYC and beyond cover the spectrum from minimalist modern to boho chic, but the through line is a touch of the breezy West Coast style which comes naturally to this Southern California native.
We chatted with Bella about her approach to bath design:
Master bathrooms have become both showpieces and pampering sanctuaries, a place where clients are often willing to splurge. Why do you think this space has become so important?
Oftentimes the master bathroom is a true refuge from hectic living. Clients want to feel pampered and almost like a spa guest in their home. I can’t tell you how many times clients have asked for us to design their bathroom as if it’s in a luxury hotel.
What are the top 3 must-haves for your clients when working together to design their perfect master bathroom?
1. A tub to soak in with plenty of space to store salts, candles, and wine!
2. A gorgeous, impactful stone and lots of it.
3. A thoughtful lighting plan. We want bright light to do makeup and soft, glowy light for a relaxing bath.
What’s the most memorable, luxurious hotel bathroom you’ve ever seen? Do you often take inspiration from hotels you’ve stayed in? Does one in particular come to mind?
I am a total sucker for an outdoor shower. The Rosewood Mayakoba’s is my dream shower – a huge rain shower head set in the palms and bougainvillea. It doesn’t get any better than that.
What is the biggest struggle you come across when designing a client’s luxury master bathroom?
In NYC expanding a bathroom with rules against “wet over dry” can be a major setback. It’s a bummer, but real life in the big city.
What’s the best way to create ambiance in a bathroom? Lighting? Flowers? Candles? Any favorites?
During a party I like to dim the lights low, light a candle, and put flowers in unexpected places. For a recent dinner in my own home I hid all the personal items and lined the shower niche with small bud vases with flowers. It was a pretty pop of color to our otherwise monotoned bathroom.
Learn more about Bella Mancini: https://www.bellamancinidesign.com/