In any home, the material palette defines the bathroom, setting the tone and the mood.
The original bathroom in this Italianate villa featured dark green onyx tiles. The tiles, and a huge platform tub with a dark wood surround, gave the room a very heavy, ornate look, says interior designer Martin Horner of Soucie Horner.
"Our goal was to create a retreat for owners Mark and Marianna Tanguay," he says. "The master suite needed to reflect their personalities with sophistication and flair. It had to repeat the design language of the rest of the house, which was extensively remodeled to create a lighter, more modern interior."
Horner says he was able to work with some of the existing features, such as the arched doorways and the distinctive wall niches that accommodate the vanity cabinetry.
"The new cabinets were inserted into the same space. We chose a cerused white oak, which is sandblasted, quarter-sawn oak that has been rubbed white with a special pigment, almost like a whitewash. The cabinets have a sleek, modern look, but a small beading adds a hint of refinement, which is appropriate for a bathroom."