The all-white colour scheme has certainly stood the test of time in bathroom design and there is no question as to why. It makes a smaller room feel larger, invokes a fresh spa-like feeling, and provides the perfect backdrop to add personality with accessories and towels. While it might seem impossible to reinvent a classic palette, this principal ensuite, designed by Brian, is total bathroom goals. Find out how he elevated the all-white bathroom through clever touches and thoughtful design elements.
A large scale basket weave pattern in the ensuite gives this room a fresh and modern feel. This graphic design could easily overpower the space, so Brian selected two shades on the subtle side to keep the look soft and sophisticated.
Brian’s Tip: To recreate this look, cut 12×12 tiles into three equal strips. It’s an easy custom upgrade for any renovation project.
A Bit of Black
Just like jewelry can make an outfit, the same can be said for bathroom hardware and fixtures. The matte black faucet used here pops against the white background, allowing the sleek curves of the fixtures to be the star. Brian carried the same black finish to the frame of the glass panel door on the shower adding the perfect dose of drama. Black accents might feel like a big risk in the bathroom, but it is one trend with classic roots making it a design choice to stand the test of time.
To give the vanity drawer fronts and doors a little something extra, the cabinetry was designed with reeded panels. The fluted detail runs edge-to-edge to modernize the more traditional design and the slim hardware maximizes the effect of the texture.
More commonly used in dining rooms and hallways, wainscoting is an unexpected – and practical – wall treatment in a bathroom. Here, full slabs of creamy composite stone surround the tub, creating a conveniently water-repellant surface. The upper portion of the wall is clad in a subtly textured vinyl wallcovering to contrast the smooth surface below. To finish the look, Brian placed casually leaning black and white art prints on the ledge.
When it comes to a mirror in the bathroom, the bigger the better. To maximize the space over the dual vanity, five panels were fit together to create a wall-to-wall mirror. Two larger sections are centred over the sinks, flanked by three smaller pieces which frame the sconces. Each pane of glass was cut with a bevelled edge which helps mask the seams and the entire mirror is trimmed with a frame to match the vanity.
Photography courtesy of Nourish Marketing(1-3), Angus Fergusson (4-6)