Traditional, yet simply styled bathroom with decorative wall tiles, freestanding tub

Symmetry in traditional bathroom with classical architecture, feature tiles resemble wallpaper, shutters, Victoria & Albert tub
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Eric Hausman
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Traditional, simply styled bathroom with decorative wall tiles, freestanding tub

When a bathroom has plenty of drama architecturally, it's often best served by an interior design that's not overly ornate.

That was the thinking behind this remodeled bathroom, which was designed by Janice Teague CKD, CBD, of Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio.

The designer says the original room was very traditional, with elaborate crown mouldings and a lot of heavy stone.

"The owners wanted a much cleaner look there is already plenty going on visually with the dramatic vaulted ceiling and deeply recessed arched windows. The bathroom also had a large Jacuzzi-style tub that took up an entire wall on one side, and was never used."


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The bathroom vanity is also dark-stained hickory wood. An open shelf at the bottom helps to minimize the apparent bulk of the cabinetry. The mirrors, on pivoting mounts, can be tilted up and down to avoid glare and to show the required reflection.

Teague's solution was to highlight the existing architectural symmetry, by placing a smaller Victoria & Albert freestanding tub in the center of the room between the windows. To accentuate this focal point, the wall beside the tub is clad in decorative tiles that resemble wallpaper.

"To crisp it up a little, we introduced chrome Schluter finishing strips around the edge of this tiled wall, and around the recessed niche above the tub," says the designer. These also add a little sparkle."

A scaled-down version of the tiles lines the interior of the steam shower. Here the tiles follow the line of the vaulted ceiling. The walls in the shower have matching Schluter chrome strips.

The furniture in the bathroom features hickory wood with a dark Cocoa Bean stain. It includes a long vanity unit with an open lower shelf and tall cabinets at either end providing plenty of storage.

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"The owners wanted their bathroom to incorporate a dressing area, with some closet and linen storage," says Teague. "So we added a large armoire that sits opposite the vanity the two sides of the room are balanced visually. This has dappled mirror glass on the center doors."

Further storage is provided by two new hampers tucked beneath the arched windows, which double as seats.

For a finishing touch, Teague added a dark, silvery accent tile to the marble-look porcelain tiled floor.

Nov 17, 2014

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Janice Teague CKD, CBD, Drury Design Kitchen & Bath Studio (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Bathtub
Victoria & Albert from Fergusons
Vanity top
Carrara marble from Marble & Granite Supply
Faucets
Lacava Kubista in polished chrome
Wall tiles
Porcelain Nacare Blanco and Nacare Blanco Deco from Porcelanosa
Toilet
Toto Vespin II in Cotton from Fergusons
Accessories
Modern Brass Collection with square rosette from Emtek
Cabinet company
Grabill Cabinet Co
Vanity cabinetry
Hickory with Cocoa Bean stain
Basins
Kohler Verticyl from Fergusons
Shower fittings
Kohler
Flooring
Porcelain tiles in Carrara Blanco and Tissue Silver from Porcelanosa
Ventilation
Broan
Heated floor
Nuheat
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