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

Living Etc - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy / Paul Craig Words / Amelia Thorpe

A sculp­tural bath takes cen­tre stage in a spa­cious sanc­tu­ary that blends sub­tlety with lux­ury

IN­SIDE STORY

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.’

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