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A bone-inlayed chest “looks traditional, but that geometric pattern elevates it to a more contemporary style,” interior designer Ashley Campbell says. Wallcovering, Ripple in Viridian by Eskayel. Photo by Meagan Larsen.

The Blue and White Bedroom and Bathroom of Your Dreams

Designer Ashley Campbell's design is a tribute to serenity—with some surprises, too.

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The owner of this shake-shingled, Cape Cod–style home in Greenwood Village had one major directive when she hired Denver designer Ashley Campbell to revamp the master bedroom and its en-suite bathroom: “She asked, ‘Can you bring me into the 21st century?’” Campbell says. Traditional and buttoned-up, the home was heavy with ornate crown moldings and paneling—and begged for a refresh. The master bathroom, in particular, needed major reconstructive surgery: “It was time,” Campbell says.

By lining the shower walls and ceiling with textured subway tile, Campbell created an ultra-luxe look. The floor’s intricate mosaic pattern by Artistic Tile grounds the space. Photo by Meagan Larsen.

Out went the leaking shower and high-maintenance Carrara marble that had outlived its glory years. The designer ushered in the present by installing a sleek glass-front shower and tiling its floor with a handsome mosaic from Artistic Tile. “I felt like the space needed a little bit of a wow factor,” Campbell says. “All too often we’re seeing these super-neutral bathrooms—which are timeless and beautiful—but it’s nice to add a little eye-catching something.” The designer complemented the shower floor’s pattern with a blue-gray brick-style wall tile from Waterworks. “It has a gloss finish to it, but also the pitting of brickwork,” she says, which blends old and new.

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The deep soaking tub by Signature Hardware is a handsome focal point. The custom mirrors are from Accessory Warehouse, and the plumbing fixtures are by Brizo. Photo by Meagan Larsen.

Campbell replaced the room’s clunky, three-sided drop-in bathtub with an on-trend freestanding soaker from Signature Hardware, which she installed between a pair of matching blue vanities. “This is a great use of space and also aesthetically beautiful,” she says. And (tip!) by flanking the vanity mirrors with sconces, she made a lovely design choice and did her client a favor: “Overhead lighting can wash weird shadows over your face,” Campbell says.

For the adjacent bedroom, the client requested something dramatic. Campbell’s solution? A conversation-worthy accent wall covered in vibrant hand-printed wallpaper by textile company Eskayel. “It’s contemporary and cutting-edge, but there’s a softness to it that makes it work for a bedroom,” the designer says. Campbell is quick to warn that if you opt for a bold pattern like this, it “typically needs to be the star of the show.” Here, its fellow cast members—a neutral headboard, bedding, and rug—are merely supporting characters. With just the right amount of special “something” in both the bedroom and bath, Campbell’s design is relaxing and inspiring—a perfect combination for an up-to-date master suite retreat.

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