The Pro Knows

Ar­chi­tect Ryan Scarff’s top 5 tips for cre­at­ing a sanc­tu­ary.

Western Living - - BATHROOMS SPECIAL -

Cre­ate a large-scale feel­ing of har­mony by us­ing the same floor­ing ma­te­rial in ev­ery room of your house.

The two-by-four floor tile (from Bobo Lam­ina) is used through­out the Scarff home as well as on the out­side decks, which makes for seam­less tran­si­tions from one room to the next.

Don’t “save” con­ver­sa­tion-wor­thy decor pieces for high-traf­fic ar­eas.

The Moooi Smoke chan­de­lier is a campy, high-de­sign el­e­ment in an other­wise un­der­stated room, and it gives the bath­room an in­ter­est­ing fo­cal point—no mat­ter that it’s “only” the home­own­ers who gen­er­ally en­joy it.

Choose one hard, heat-, stain- and abra­sion-proof sur­face and stick with it.

The bath­room coun­ter­tops are the same Cae­sar­stone found in the kitchen, the desks in the chil­dren’s rooms, the front en­trance and the mud­room (all cho­sen in a nougat colour for its charm­ing, “1950s el­e­men­tary-school­gym-floor,” mid-century mod­ern qual­ity).

Seek ways to add in­ter­est to mod­ern lines with tex­ture.

The side of the tub and the ad­ja­cent wall are cov­ered in the same ma­te­rial as the floor (though the for­mer has a slight over­lay pat­tern), but the ar­chi­tect chose a sub­tle tone-on-tone pat­tern to ac­cen­tu­ate how the tile, used ver­ti­cally, cap­tures the light in a way it doesn’t on the floor.

Think of the mir­ror as a back­drop to the room.

Where an or­nate frame is of­ten a good place to add in­ter­est to a clean, mod­ern room, some­times sim­ple packs the big­gest punch. Here, a large, un­framed mir­ror re­flects the glam­orous light fix­ture and lets it take cen­tre stage.

Shine On Rather than be­ing tucked into the cor­ner, the three-sided glass shower be­comes a cen­tre­piece in the room. The home­own­ers’ son also loves the skylight above it: he as­sesses the day’s weather with it.

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