BATHROOM Case study in fine form
Marble-effect tiles and hints of brass counterbalance a sculptural bath to create a modern sanctuary in a period home
A sculptural bath takes centre stage in a spacious sanctuary that blends subtlety with luxury
THE PROPERTY A six-bedroom Georgian house in Kent.
THE PROJECT Convert a bedroom with a small en suite into one large main bathroom by removing an internal wall.
THE DESIGNER Louise Ashdown at West One Bathrooms.
DESIGN BRIEF ‘I was approached by interior designer Claire Langham of Ciel Interior Design, who was renovating her home before moving in with her husband and children,’ says Louise. ‘As an interior designer, Claire had a clear idea of the relaxed yet luxurious feel she wanted to achieve, with a palette of subtle colours and streamlined fittings.
Her husband likes to shower but she prefers to bathe, so they also wanted a space that served them both equally well.’
SURFACES The porcelain floor and wall tiles are designed to replicate vein-cut marble, but are easy to maintain and durable. ‘We used very large format slabs on the shower walls to avoid unsightly vertical joins,’ says Claire. ‘All the colours in the room are understated and the different textures – from the polished tiles to the gentle gleam of the brassware and the chalk finish of the bath – add subtle and elegant interest.
FURNITURE Tall cupboards, designed by Claire and made by a local joiner, were built into the alcoves on both sides of the chimney breast. Painted in a muted tone to match the walls, they are unobtrusive yet provide ample storage for clothes, towels and toiletries. The matt lacquer vanity unit is more of a feature; finished in a slightly darker tone and wall hung, it looks like it’s floating.
FITTINGS Claire had seen the freestanding Edonia bath in a magazine and chose it as the key feature of this room. Made of Cristalplant, a bio-based solid surface material that is perfectly smooth and easily adapted to create gently curved edges, the bath makes a striking focal point in the middle of the space. ‘It is balanced by a large shower enclosure, tucked to the left as you enter the room, with a stud wall beyond to screen the WC,’ says Claire.
STYLE TAKEAWAY ‘Solid brushed-brass taps add soft warmth to the neutral scheme and their unlacquered finish will develop a subtle patina over time,’ says Claire. ‘Two rows of elegant spotlights on the ceiling complement them perfectly.’