The art of zen
Simple, beautiful and restful – what more could you wish for in a bathroom?
Starting with a modern, light-filled, architecturally designed space certainly helped to achieve this outcome, says designer Davinia Sutton. “My client is a busy woman who wanted the design of her new bathroom to reflect the modern form of the architecture, but at the same time be a private zone – a place for respite and restoration.”
To set the scene, the designer lined the existing walls and floors in calming natural stone. Partition walls, inserted to shield the toilet and shower, are tiled in mixed mosaics to lend interest and fun.
“The tiling is simple, but the contrast of the size and proportion of the mosaics provides a layered depth of form that enhances the feeling of space,” says Davinia.
The clear-stained cedar ceiling provides a sense of warmth and volume to this room where clerestory windows let in an everpresent view of the sky.
The result of the simple and natural material palette is a bathroom that has a calm, restful ambience that belies its functionality.
The layout is supremely practical, with a walk-in shower, sculptural free-standing bath and a large, cantilevered vanity that adds to the sense of spaciousness.
Simple, high-quality fittings enhance this effect, giving the room an uncluttered, zen-like atmosphere, making it a very easy space to linger longer in.