Tranquil bathroom with wood cabinetry and mosaic tile

Remodeled bathroom with Caribbean influence, blue and green mosaics, dark wood vanity, quartz top, palm tree mural
Story by: Charles Moxham
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The walls of this bathroom have the look of plaster, created by applying the paint in a crisscross motion. Classic subway tiles in a large format have been used to create the tub surround and ledge. This continues the play between traditional and modern elements seen throughout the space. The bathroom was designed by Diane Taitt of De Space Designs.

With many homeowners wanting their new bathroom to be a haven of peace and quiet, a spa-like aesthetic is often high on the design agenda. The emphasis is increasingly on texture over color, for a more soothing effect.

Such was the case with this serene bathroom by Diane Taitt, managing principal of De Space Designs. With the existing bathroom stripped out and extra space gained from a linen closet, the designer showed the owners some image boards to give them a feel for the new design.

"They had initially wanted a Caribbean connection, and strong, bold colors. Instead, I suggested we use a more restful palette, adding interest through texture, surface finishes and by manipulating wall planes for a 3-D effect.


Designer Diane Taitt of De Space Designs took ceiling, door, floor, flooring, glass, interior design, room, tile, wall, window, gray, white
Designer Diane Taitt of De Space Designs took inspiration for the loop pattern in this pattern from an abstracted infinity symbol.

"They went with this concept and a simple, understated palette, informed by geometric forms, texture, and surface finish."

To this end, the designer introduced several interlocking planes and niches that form an abstract, textural composition. Some elements are practical, such as the ledge on the side of the tub that conceals plumbing and acts as a seat.

Complementing the sculpted millwork, the bathroom has a modern palette of gray, silver, and white. Large-format tiles behind the tub are etched in a palm frond pattern and the sea is evoked in the blue-green mosaics behind the vanity both nods to the owners' heritage.

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A patterned glass privacy wall screens the shower and toilet spaces from the main area of this bathroom. The bathroom was designed by Diane Taitt of De Space Designs.

"Texture and pattern are everywhere in this bathroom," says Taitt. "The walls are hand-painted with crisscross brush strokes to create the look of plaster, and the subway tiles around the tub are in an unusual large format, bridging the gap between traditional and modern. A band of reflective silver mosaic tiles runs into the niche behind the bath, connecting with the colorful tiles opposite."

The shower and toilet had to remain in the same place due to plumbing constraints. To give the alcoves privacy but also add their volume to the greater space, a patterned glass privacy wall partially screens both areas.

The borrowed space allowed room for the elongated double vanity. Together with the floor tiles, this furniture-like wood cabinet helps ground the mainly pale-colored bathroom.

Jul 13, 2014

Credit list

Architect
Diane Taitt ASID, NKBA, De Space Designs (Washington, DC)
Vanity countertop
Quartz
Basin
Kohler Vox square vessel sink from Thos Somerville Co
Shower fittings
Kohler
Wallcovering
Custom silver faux paint; Sherwin-Willams
Wall tiles
Porcelanosa Zar Blanco, ceramic in white silver with frond motif; Somertile Tessera Grand Subway in white glass; Vitrex Mosaici Crystal-A Transparenze Argento Mosaic in various colors; Pietra Naturale Seaside Glass Wind Blend glass mosaic in various colors from Mosaic Tile Company
Toilet
Kohler from Thos Somerville Co
Custom glass doors
Designed by De Space Designs and fabricated by Dulles Glass & Mirror, with privacy motif fabricated and applied by SunSigns
Tub
Mariposa by Kohler from Thos Somerville Co
Cabinetry
KraftMaid Cabinetry, Espresso finish
Faucets
Kohler Loure in polished chrome from Thos Somerville Co
Shower
Kohler Loure
Tile flooring
Porcelanosa Tablon Antracita
Tile edging
Schluter
Lighting
Possini Euro Design
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