The master bathroom in this 10-year-old transitional-style home in Raleigh felt cramped, awkward and dated. A corner garden tub positioned beneath two window was difficult to enter and never used. The shower was the daily ritual, but the space was tight and grungy. Storage was skimpy. The homeowners wanted a fresh and functional master bathroom sanctuary with a large shower and sit-down vanity area. Separate sinks and storage were priorities.
To create the sanctuary of the homeowners’ dreams, we simply needed more space. Say so long to the garden tub! In the corner where it had been, two windows were eliminated and covered with drywall, making way for an open floor plan and a frameless, glass-enclosed shower that would be both wider and longer than its predecessor.
We extended the glass from floor to ceiling to create an illusion of height and coated it in a shower guard for easy maintenance. The shower, lined in classic Calacutta marble in an offset brick design, has a fixed showerhead and a hand-held rain sprayer from Kohler. Fixtures from Brizo are satin nickel. The new space even had enough room for a triangular garden seat to perch a leg on for smooth shaving.
To unify the space, we repeated the marble tile in countertops and backsplashes on the twin vanities. Installing the tile at one height around the room let it flow from the half-shower wall to the sit-down vanity and around the corner to the his-and-hers vanities. Marble window sills replaced the old wood and added to the seamless look. They will be much easier to keep clean.
For storage and style, we installed a wall of frameless maple cabinets with his and hers vanities separated by a center linen cabinet with drawers and shelves. A pearl finish kept the cabinets light and complemented the marble countertops. The reconfigured space also had ample room for a true touch of luxury: the seated vanity area with more storage, including drawers beneath for makeup.
The tall, built-in wall mirrors by Robern provided still more storage, along with magnification and electrical outlets for recharging needs. Modular lighting flanked the mirrors, providing shadow-free illumination and a clean, contemporary vibe.
Two windows with an eastern exposure let natural light flood the space, while contemporary glass chandeliers from Crystorama provided a stunning focal point in the main bath and adjacent powder room. Light plays off the chandeliers and the glass cabinet knobs from Emtek.
We covered the walls with Sherwin Williams No. 6205 Comfort Grey, using a washable paint-and-primer-in-one formula. Accessories were kept simple and tonal. Three-dimensional floral plaques added texture and dimension. An upholstered seat and lumbar pillow in calm green-grey, Teflon-coated fabrics carried through the feeling of relaxation. A soft, sheer fabric blind by Hunter Douglas provided privacy with a view.
The result is a timeless and luxurious space.
Keeping colors light and bright create a spa-like feel in a bathroom. Even a tiny bathroom can feel luxurious using the right accessories. Plush monogrammed cotton towels, decorative containers for razors, specialty soaps, cotton balls and flowers, and beautiful artwork will renew the most tired bathroom.
Nancie Wood Interiors
2021 Lodestar Drive, Raleigh
919-616-4812 or nanciewoodinteriors.com
About the Designer
Nancie Wood, senior designer and owner of Nancie Wood Interiors in Raleigh, has been designing interiors in Raleigh since 2001. She holds fashion and interior design degrees from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Meredith College in Raleigh.
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