Reflected glory

This master bathroom uses lighting, mirrored walls and city viewsfor a modernist look that is both dramatic and relaxing
A view of the master ensuite, tiled floor bathroom, countertop, glass, interior design, black
A view of the master ensuite, tiled floor and walls, mirrors, lights, marble vanity, white sinks, chrome taps, wooden cabinetry.

If you're faced with a small space for your master bathroom, it helps to know that you don't have to sacrifice drama in the quest to make every inch of space work.

The designer of this new master bathroom, a mere 14ft x 8ft, had just this challenge. Originally, the builders' plans specified a small tub and shower but the owner envisioned more luxurious facilities. He also wanted the room to be colorful, with a modern European aesthetic. And although the space is small, it offers prime city views, which were not being used to their full potential in the original plans.

The solution, says designer Ingrid Baltasi, was to run a deep bathtub along the length of the room, increase the shower size and position the shower seat so that it was level with the top of the tub.


A close up of the bath tub in bathroom, countertop, glass, interior design, black
A close up of the bath tub in the master bedroom.

"Making those elements as large as possible meant I didn't waste any space," she says.

While large objects in a small space can sometimes overcrowd it, Baltasi employed three devices to open and lighten the room: a 5ft x 5ft picture window, mirrored walls, and feature lighting. The entire bathroom, apart from the toilet area, was mirrored with large clear glass tiles.

The effect, she says, is to open the room up, and to create multiple reflections that intrigue the eye. The large picture window opens to the city skyline and enlarges the space further, while vertical Italian halogen lighting over the vanity sends reflected light cascading around the room.

A view of the ensuite, lights, tiled tub bathroom, billiard room, glass, interior design, room, black
A view of the ensuite, lights, tiled tub and walls, white tub and sink, chrome faucetry, glass shelves, wooden cabinetry, marble vanity.

"This is high drama in a small space, particularly at night, but it's also a very serene and relaxing room," she says. "The color scheme creates that ambiance, and so does the lighting."

It's also a minimalist space with few frills. "Everything is clean and tailored, with just a few decorative touches. This allows the major elements of the stone and the lighting to shine through."

Jun 08, 2007

Credit list

Interior designer
Ingrid Baltasi, Ingrid Baltasi Design (Chicago, IL)
Vanity
Laminate by Kowai Custom Cabinetry
Basin
Kohler from Community Home Supply
Shower fittings
Terrano showerhead by Hansgrohe
Steam unit
Roma from Community Home Supply
Tub filler
Andre Debbie HydroFlo Roman tub filler
Tile flooring
Honed calcutta marble from Virginia Tile
Toilet
Toto from Max Gerber
Blinds
Hunter Douglas
Tub
Zuma from Community Home Supply
Cabinetry
Interlam, gloss finish
Faucets
Monsoon by Hansgrohe
Shower stall
Frameless European style from Bartlett Shower Door
Body sprays
Grohe Relaxa Plus
Flooring
Oceanside Glass
Wall slabs
Azul Imperiale granite from Roman Marble Import
Lighting
Illuminating Experiences from Ingrid Meyer
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