Clever use of tex­ture and light­ing en­sures this mar­ble-filled en suite warms the soul

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - Laura Ham­mett, cre­ative di­rec­tor, Laura Ham­mett, 020 7731 7369, lau­ra­ham­

Swathes of Cala­catta Oro mar­ble cre­ate a look of time­less lux­ury.

Can you give us a brief over­view?

The prop­erty is an im­pres­sive pe­riod-style home in the Sur­rey Hills, be­long­ing to a fam­ily with five young chil­dren. Its pre­vi­ous own­ers had gone for very con­tem­po­rary in­te­ri­ors that were far too min­i­mal­ist and pared back for the home’s pe­riod ar­chi­tec­ture and grandeur. Our clients pre­ferred a more time­less de­sign. There are seven bath­rooms and this is the master en suite. The cur­rent own­ers asked us to start from scratch and cre­ate a bath­room with el­e­gance that feels bright but warm.

Why is the bath po­si­tioned cen­trally?

There is some­thing so lux­u­ri­ous about hav­ing a bath in the mid­dle of a room and this beau­ti­ful Water­works de­sign is prob­a­bly my all-time favourite; it has such pres­ence. It was the start­ing point for the de­sign, so nat­u­rally needed to take cen­tre stage. The bath also helps to an­chor the

shower, al­low­ing us to achieve a large, en­closed show­er­ing area with­out over­pow­er­ing the rest of the room.

How did you stop the high vol­umes of mar­ble from mak­ing the space feel cold?

The Cala­catta Oro mar­ble had the ex­act air of time­less lux­ury that we needed. A shadow gap de­tail in the mar­ble runs through the room at skirt­ing and dado lev­els, seam­lessly con­nect­ing the shower en­clo­sure and van­ity unit to the walls. We bal­anced any per­ceived cold­ness with dark-stained oak and soft light­ing. Above the mar­ble, the walls are fin­ished in pol­ished mois­ture-re­sis­tant plas­ter, which has a tac­tile, warm feel to it.

Is there any stor­age?

The mir­rors above the basins have cab­i­nets be­hind them, and there is a full-height mir­rored cab­i­net be­tween the French doors at the back of the room. We re­stricted the use of mir­rors to these prac­ti­cal roles as too many can quickly make a room feel cold. Then there’s the dou­ble van­ity unit with its bal­ance of open dis­play for tow­els – which adds a lux­ury ho­tel touch – and deep draw­ers below.

Can you tell us about the light­ing?

We lay­ered a num­ber of light­ing types, bal­anced through­out the room for dif­fer­ent mood set­tings. This house was on a Lutron sys­tem, so we had pre-pro­grammed set­tings such as low level for re­lax­ing in the bath. We in­stalled prac­ti­cal down­lights, po­si­tioned where they are needed rather than a grid on the ceil­ing, LED perime­ter light­ing around the mir­rors and in the open dis­play shelves below the van­ity, plus dec­o­ra­tive Ralph Lau­ren Home pen­dants on ei­ther side of the mir­rors. My favourite light fea­tures are the up­lights that flank the bath on the ground, which add so much drama.

Large-for­mat Cala­catta Oro mar­ble floor tiles and book-matched wall slabs give the room a sense of grandeur and opu­lence.

The brass­ware is in pol­ished nickel, which Laura finds warmer and richer than chrome.

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