Beauty and the Bathroom: Design Inspiration from Drybar

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By Mari Muller

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Set one foot inside the white-and-yellow palace that is Fashion Island’s Drybar, and you’ll know you’re not inside an ordinary hair salon. “It’s girl heaven,” says founder Alli Webb. “Signature elements include our custom styling chairs, tufted fabric walls, marble bars, built-in iPhone charging stations and flat-screens playing your favorite rom-com chick flick—with subtitles of course.

“I’d describe the decor of Drybar as bright, feminine, sophisticated, and clean with a splash of whimsy,” she continues.

Buttercup chandelier
Drybar’s yellow “buttercup” chandelier

Webb, who recently redecorated her own bathroom to mimic elements from Drybar, has some simple advice for embodying the salon’s characteristics at home:

1. Build a clean yet colorful foundation.

“While wanting to keep a clean, white, uncluttered space, we also loved the idea of happy pops of yellow,” Webb says. Take cues from Drybar’s shampoo lounge and find wallpaper with an interlocking floral motif to introduce your favorite shade without overpowering a bathroom or dressing room.

 

2. Add functional elements.

To keep a small bathroom feeling large, stick with a crisp white for your furnishings and countertops. Webb suggests a marble finish for the vanity as well as a white tufted vanity chair, which mirrors the wall hanging in Drybar’s reception area.

 

3. Finish with decorative touches.

Webb’s favorite decorative element at Drybar is the yellow “buttercup” chandelier, a delightful bouquet of blow dryers that doubles as an overhead light fixture. You can also borrow decorative inspiration from the salon’s entryway with a white-framed vanity mirror surrounded by a swatch of color in the same hue as your wallpaper accent.

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