Given my field, I am in A LOT of houses….enough houses to realize that builders in the mid to late 90’s had some seriously bad ideas and taste. Like, seriously weird-ass taste. And bad judgement.
So though I wasn’t shocked at the plethora of WRONG in this bathroom at the initial consult, I was kind of expecting him to pop out :
The liberal use of ceramic faux black marble just made my eyeballs bleed. Honestly, the experience was a bit terrifying.
And inside that faux black marble mausoleum shower – not even a light. So showering has basically been a sinister, creepy experience for this family. I mean, I didn’t say any of this to my client – clearly, she was in enough pain, right?
The footprint of this bath didn’t need to change – it’s the family bath of a family home – it had everything it needed, and it was all in the right place….except that dastardly bulkhead that had to come out – WHY, Builders, WHY?).
There were a couple oddities to contend with design-wise – for example, it’s also a “cheater ensuite” from one of the bedrooms, so it has 2 entry doors, which could not change to pocket doors – meaning 3’ door swing space TIMES 2. Argh. It also has this verrry long wall at the left of the entry. And can I share a pet peeve of mine? Toilet tissue holders as a focal point -first thing you see from entry – fortheloveofHay-suess, WHY is this ever done? Anyhoo, so other than a window, this room had zero interesting.
But, that just meant we needed to ADD interesting with the design of the ‘new’ going in.
New custom vanity with loads of practical storage? Check. Tissue holder installed on side of vanity instead of wall? Oh, Oui.
Incorporating the accent tile in the shower into a backsplash above the vanity – definitely adding impact.
Adding a header above the mirror inserts some “architecture” in a room that has none – gorgeous.
And last, the use of a gorgeous 6×24 marble tile inlaid on the floor. The colour and veining in this tile is so amazing:
I always incorporate a niche in the wall of the shower or tub for storage; facing that niche with the same material as the countertop (in this case, quartz) is clean and sleek looking, practical, and beautiful.
Vanity & header finish SW extra white
Walls CIL ‘Cliffside’
Caesarstone counter Organic White
Kohler ‘Kathryn’ 13”x21” sink