Kitchen and bathroom in similar colors and materials

A mixture of neutral colors and textures is enhanced by wood grain, natural stone and mosaic tiles
Story by: Charles Moxham
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Natural affection this kitchen by designer Christopher Grubb of Arch-Interiors Design Group has a warm palette of earth tones. The islands waterfall edges accentuate the feeling of movement in the richly veined Calacatta marble, which also features on the perimeter countertops. Tall cabinets on the other wall frame the cooking area. Bifolding doors open the room to the outdoors furthering the sense of light and openess.

Countertops and cabinets don't have to match up from room to room. A decor theme can be carried through in more subtle ways, and the resulting feeling of harmony will be all the stronger with an understated approach.

The kitchen and bathroom featured here are a case in point. They have no specific shared surface, yet achieve a similar aesthetic. Interior designer Christopher Grubb says his clients wanted a natural look, an ambiance also favored for the living areas.

"The owners asked for a contemporary feel with a mixture of neutral colors and textures. Another request was for plenty of light and an overall feeling of spaciousness.

"The kitchen was designed for a family, who preferred a long island with plenty of seating. They also liked the idea of a separate kitchen that still retained an open, airy feeling, an emphasis also seen in the bathroom.

"A kitchen-breakfast nook here would have been too boxy. However, the long back wall with a run of countertop and overhead cabinets makes the area spacious and open."


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A freestanding soaking tub divides this master bathroom into his-and-hers zones without introducing structural forms that would shrink the space visually. The vanities were designed by Christpher Grubb and include a wrap-over architectural element for visual interest. The porcelain floor is complemented by the mosaic tile on the shower walls, while the quirky pendant over the vanity adds light-hearted interest.

The warm tones of nature are seen in the stone countertop, wood floors and cabinetry.

"This isn't real wood on the lower cabinets," says Grubb. "It's a textured thermo foil gray oak finish, which is actually a photograph stretched over a textural backing. The result is a surface that looks like and feels like real wood."

The backsplash draws together the palette of muted, earth tones.

In the master bathroom, it can be seen at a glance that similar tones have been used, again combining in a mosaic surface this time on the walls of the double shower.

"The owners wanted a contemporary feeling of his-and-hers zones in the large open space. To achieve this, we placed the freestanding tub perpendicular to the window, which created space for two separate vanity areas."

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In this bathroom project by designer Christopher Grubb, the porcelain floor is complemented by the mosaic tile on the shower walls, while the quirky pendant over the vanity adds light-hearted interest.

The custom vanities, designed by Grubb, have doors and drawers in a white gloss finish. A dark espresso architectural accent wraps over the side of each, and incorporates a drawer.

"I felt this project was the perfect setting to incorporate this design the bi-level countertops of the vanities create a unique stepping feeling in the room."

The large shower is another focal point in the bathroom. It has a standard shower, a rain showerhead and a hand-held body spray. There is also a built-in bench, which has the appearance of a large, solid slab of stone and acts as a visual echo of the vanities.

"Overall, we really wanted to keep the space contemporary using strong, sleek lines, but still retain a spa-like feel. The dark and light tones are offset by the crispness of white again we've used a neutral palette. The porcelain flooring complements all these tones."

Grubb says the kitchen and bathroom are relaxed and inviting, with touches of whimsy, such as the kitchen pendants and shower bench.

Mar 31, 2015

Credit list

Interior designer
Christopher Grubb IIDA, NKBA, Arch-Interiors Design Group (Beverly Hills, CA)
Cabinetry
Upper cabinets in white gloss finish, lower cabinets in gray wood grain
Countertops
Calcatta Gold from Modul Marble & Granite
Backsplash
Metallic glazed porcelain mosaic tiles from Tile Shop
Faucets
Danze in stainless steel
Basin
Kohler
Tub
Americh, Contura
Flooring
Porcelanosa porcelain Tile, Town Arena Nature
Lighting
Possini vanity sconce; sconce over sink, George Kovacs
Accessories
Danze, Sirius Collection
Cabinet company
Funtime Cabinet Factory
Hardware
Design Elements in polished chrome
Lighting
Possini Euro Tripoli Modern
Kitchen sink
Kraus stainless steel undermount, double bowl
Vanity and cabinetry
White gloss finish with Dark Espresso architectural accent, custom by designer
Faucets
Pfister
Shower fittings
Danze and Artos Westover
Wall tiles
Solid mosaic Tile, Haisa Marble
Ventilation
Panasonic
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