Contemporary classic bathroom with onyx tiles

From the translucent sandblasted glass wall to the shimmering onyx tiles, this bathroom is transformed by light

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The shower is lined with onyx tiles. To provide a quiet visual contrast, the tub deck features a cream-colored quartz, similar to the vanity tops.

Simplicity is the order of the day for this bathroom, but the choice of materials makes it anything but ordinary.

The bathroom, designed by architect Linda Brettler, is transformed by light from two unusual sources. The first, a sandblasted glass wall, was designed to allow additional light to enter the room from the hallway behind, which features a large window.

"The glass wall also forms the vanity mirror," says the architect. "We had part of the glass mirrored in a large semicircle, so the entire glass panel is seamless. The circular motif echoes the shape of the family crest that appears elsewhere in the house."

Translucence is also created by the onyx tiles that wrap around the lower part of the room and line the shower.

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Architect Linda Brettler teamed flush walnut cabinetry with decorative onyx tiles on the walls. These have a soft translucency that helps to bounce light around the room. The tiles are bordered by a pencil line trim, also in onyx.

"This is a particularly beautiful tile that glows," says Brettler. "It is a pale green tone that is not too dark or too yellow. In keeping with the simple styling, we trimmed the edge with a fine pencil trim in onyx. Because this tile has so much visual impact, we kept everything else very simple."

The cabinetry is grained walnut, with flush drawers that allow the wood to shine. The vanity top, tub deck and bench in the shower all feature a cream-toned quartz, chosen to offset the onyx.

Matching walnut cabinetry in the adjoining toilet room provides display shelving as well as concealed storage.

For the flooring, Brettler specified large limestone tiles.

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This new bathroom in a classic contemporary house has a wall of glass separating the room from the hallway. A large semicircle of the glass is mirrored, while the rest is sandblasted for privacy.

"I like to alter the scale of the different tiles in a bathroom," she says. "It creates a more interesting look. The larger format of the floor tiles and the way these are laid can also makes a small room seem bigger."

The architect says the room is also eye-catching by night, when it is backlit by the light coming through the glass wall.

Credit list

Linda Brettler AIA, Linda Brettler Architect (Los Angeles)
Kira from Hydro Systems
Vanity cabinet
Cifial Techno M3
Wall tiles
Green onyx from Ann Sacks
Hunter Douglas
Herman Construction
Vanity top, tub deck, apron and shower bench
Zodiaq quartz in Crema Botticino from DuPont
Duravit Starck 3
Floor tiles
Honed travertine from Classic Tile & Mosaic
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Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Tim Maloney

06 May, 2015

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