BATHROOM MAKE-OVER AT PROJECT GATE HILL
A make-over is in the plans for a guest bath at Project Gate Hill, a large custom home with Mediterranean style architecture. It was built about 15 years ago.
Over-all the existing bathroom floor plan, is well designed - it’s just worn in some places, and tired looking. Before I started the design process, the client gave me three parameters to work with while preparing my designs:
Use existing cabinets
Use existing floor tile
Include cement-type patterned tiles
Since no changes are being made to the floor plan, I turned my design focus on the sink wall. My objective is to make it the jewel of the room by updating and eliminate the things that are dated:
bath light bar
long, horizontal framed mirror
With a piece of the existing floor tile in hand, I set out to find just the right patterned tile that would pair nicely with the existing tile, and feel at home with the rest of the house. Fortunately it turned out to be a relatively easy task. Here's few of the samples I gathered for the project. And because I couldn't decide which I liked best - or which I thought the clients would like best, I provided a few different options where I mixed the tiles with different design features, and assorted plumbing and lighting selections.
Over-all I wanted to update the space by eliminating the long single mirror and instead go with double mirrors. The challenge with this turned out to be the location of the sinks. Typically I like to place wall-lights to the sides and in between the mirrors, but having the sinks on the far end of the counter only allowed for wall-lights to be placed above the mirrors.
The challenge didn't stop there - if I continued with the idea of using two single mirrors that meant that I needed to figure out a way to use the negative space between the mirrors in a practical way, all while creating visual balance.
COLORS + MATERIALS - OPTION A
With this option, I designed recessed, floating shelves to go in between the mirrors. I also included the patterned tile as a full backsplash. Imagine reclaimed wood shelves!
COLORS + MATERIALS - OPTION B
For Option B, I included a tower cabinet to go in between the mirrors. Imagine it contrasting the white finish of the base cabinets, either in a stained or paint-grade! And again, a patterned tile, full backsplash
Because the cabinet is narrow, I didn't take it all the way to the ceiling so as to keep it from feeling too tall and narrow.
COLORS + MATERIALS - OPTION C
Option C also has a tower cabinet in the center, but this time I designed it to go all the way to the ceiling. To keep it from feeling too tall and narrow, I divided the top section and added glass with lights. And once again, I included the patterned tile as a full backsplash.
COLORS + MATERIALS - OPTION D
OVER-SIZED MIRROR + PENDANT LIGHTS
For a simpler solution, Option D includes a single mirror and two pendant lights, one above each sink. The patterned tile then moved from the sink wall to the shower walls.
THE TAKE AWAY
I can't say enough about the importance of visual balance in a space. No matter how beautiful the finish materials are, if the space lacks balance then the design will feel awkward, and off kilter.
When designing bathroom cabinets with double sinks, include a narrow bank of drawers on each side of the sink. This will reduce crowding and allow more options with lighting and mirror placement.
When using patterned tile, go big! Cover an entire wall, instead of using it as a border or small accent. This approach to tile is fresh and updated!
Always do your due diligence to find practical solutions to design challenges - they're there, it just takes some careful thought.
Look who posed for a photo! Meet Roxy, a sweet, little rescue dog that's going to absolutely love the bathroom make-over at her new house!
PHOTO CREDIT: JAYLENE CROSBY