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Taniya Nayak, owner of her Boston-based firm
Taniya Nayak Design, has been a design expert
on the Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible"
and on HGTV as part of its top-rated "Designed
to Sell" series, as well as "House Hunters on Vacation." Currently the host of the network's "HGTV
Urban Oasis," Nayak offers her design and travel
expertise to people looking for the perfect getaway accommodations. In 2012, she launched
a collection of home products: Taniya Nayak
Recently, K+BB got a chance to get up close
and personal with Nayak regarding her bathroom design expertise.
In terms of residential bathrooms,
what are some of your suggestions for
freshening up a space?
Every bathroom space is different. One basic
thing to do first is figure out what the homeowner
does not like about it - what does s/he want to
change? This could be as simple as changing
the paint or the hardware, but take a good look
at the issue(s) before tackling the revision.
The master bathroom in Taniya's own home.
What are some must-haves in
functional bathroom design?
I am a person with a lot of products, but I do
not like to see a cluttered bathroom. Storage
solutions could be as simple as open shelves
with covered bins. Others can't see what is in
those bins, but mine are color coordinated so
I know what is in each. Storage should also be
accessible - your clients use this every day, so
you have to make sure it is functional for them.
What are some don't-dos in
A big misconception is that you are not supposed to use a dark color in a small space. I
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feel that no matter what size the bathroom is,
you can go as dark or light as you want. Just
make sure you have enough other light sources
coming into the space, be it a vanity light or
natural window light. On the other hand, if the
room is windowless, dark paint may not be the
way to go.
What are some of your tips for
bathroom design on a budget?
If your client has wooden cabinets, tell them
not to be afraid to just paint them. Removing
all of the hardware and giving the cabinets a
light sanding and priming can prove a worthy
update to a tired look. In some cases, changing
out the faucets but keeping the sinks would be
adequate. A new coat of paint can add a fresh,
What are some bathroom design tips
you can give to other designers?
Sometimes when clients are making over a
bathroom, they do not look at the picture as a
whole and want to tackle it today; there is not
a lot of pre-planning that goes into it, which
can really keep a project moving along. It is
important as a designer to look at the whole
project and take steps necessary to make sure
their clients are ready and prepared so they are
not living in chaos for months at a time. First,
tell them to start with a concept - grab a few
magazines; look at some photos they like; and
circle what they like in terms of light fixtures, layout and overall ambience. Once they do that,
you can start searching for products. The more
you can pull together before it's go time with
construction, the more money you are going to
save your client. n
- Chelsie Butler
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - January 2014
KBB - January 2014
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Taniya Nayak
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Cover story: Historic kitchen revisits its roots in major update
KBB - January 2014