BATH­ROOM

Op­u­lent mar­ble and lus­trous bronze, soft light­ing and gleam­ing glass all work to­gether to recre­ate the so­phis­ti­cated feel of a re­lax­ing ho­tel spa

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Mar­ble, bronze and gleam­ing glass evoke the feel of a ho­tel spa.

CAN YOU DE­SCRIBE THE PROP­ERTY AND THIS SPACE?

The house is a sub­stan­tial new-build in a Ge­or­gian style in Went­worth, Sur­rey. This bath­room is the master en suite, which is con­nected to the bed­room via a lav­ish dress­ing room. At 4x5m, it’s quite large, with two gen­er­ous sash win­dows that over­look the gar­dens.

DID THE OWN­ERS GIVE YOU A CLEAR BRIEF?

The clients, Julie and Damian Ca­vanagh, wanted us to help turn the bare struc­ture into a home. They gave us fairly free rein, but also took an in­ter­est and knew their own minds. Their main aim was to recre­ate the lux­ury and am­bi­ence of a spa ho­tel, with a bath­room that en­cour­ages re­lax­ation. This has be­come a fre­quent re­quest among our clients, who en­joy a spa re­treat but per­haps don’t al­ways have the time to get away.

WHAT WAS THE IN­SPI­RA­TION BE­HIND THE COLOUR SCHEME?

We pre­sented a few mood­boards, all with high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and spa-style lux­ury at their heart, but this scheme won the day be­cause it was the warm­est in terms of colour and depth. Julie and Damian were wary that large bath­rooms some­times seem chilly, so they par­tic­u­larly ap­pre­ci­ated the bronze-plated fea­ture tiles, which have a rich, tex­tu­ral fin­ish. The main sur­face ma­te­rial is a much lighter mar­ble, but it is threaded with del­i­cate, warm tones so the over­all re­sult is far from cold.

HOW DID YOU PLAN THE LAY­OUT?

The room is L-shaped, so it made sense to po­si­tion the shower and WC in the shorter part, es­sen­tially squar­ing off the room, with a glam­orous van­ity unit in the other sec­tion. En­clos­ing the shower in glass helps to keep the wa­ter spray un­der con­trol, while do­ing the same with the WC and bidet was re­ally about cre­at­ing clean lines and neat­ness. If pri­vacy had been more of an is­sue, we could have used switch­able glass with ad­justable opac­ity.

WHAT MAKES THE BATH SPE­CIAL?

This is a dou­ble-ended bath that’s been given a be­spoke mar­ble sur­round to boost its im­pact and make a shelf for toi­letries. We added a shadow-line plinth, with con­cealed light­ing in the perime­ter, to lighten the load and cre­ate a float­ing ef­fect by night. The fea­ture wall at the end, which also has hid­den light­ing, adds ver­ti­cal dy­namism and helps to cen­tre the bath. It’s nice to break up a flat wall with a re­cessed area, es­pe­cially in new-build homes that some­times lack the quirky niches and al­coves of pe­riod prop­er­ties.

The mar­ble is threaded with del­i­cate, warm tones so the over­all re­sult is far from cold.”

DE­SIGNER Stacey Si­b­ley, cre­ative di­rec­tor, Alexan­der James In­te­rior De­sign, 0118 932 0828, aji.co.uk.

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