BATH AND CLOSET DESIGN
In the fall, I was asked to design a bathroom remodel for a couple in Louisiana. The owners were looking toward the future, and what it meant to stay in their home long term. They realized that some changes needed to be made to accommodate getting older in their home. This meant enlarging and updating their bathroom and adding a lot of closed storage.
I was hired to provide plans, elevations, finishes, and fixtures. They wanted a complete design plan before embarking on this remodel, which is smart. It's always a good idea to have everything figured out before demolition commences.The owner is collecting bids on the job now, so hopefully construction will begin in the near future.
Functionally the space had to be reworked around the existing tub area and plumbing. They wanted a much larger shower, double sink, and maximized storage. A top priority was including a dressing and vanity area, and adding closed storage to conceal their clothing.
Beware, it’s about to get real ladylike up in here. Aesthetically, she wanted it light, bright, and white. Feminine details, traditional moldings, marble, and shiny metals were used wherever possible. The space needed to feel clean and elegant. I always like to use a mixture of brass, silver, and bronze metals. Not only does it make the space more interesting, it stands the test of time much better than a single finish. I'm looking at you oil rubbed bronze.
After all the layouts and plans were finalized, I began on the tub area. Early on, I had it in my mind to create the illusion of an enclosed area for the tub. In large bathrooms it becomes hard to create a warm and cozy space, and I thought this would help to achieve this feeling. These were two images I used as inspiration for my design. Dropping down the ceiling, adding the chandelier, and putting up wallpaper makes it feel like it’s own special room within the bathroom.
Now it’s time to talk about that wallpaper, the centerpiece of the room. I am obsessed with chinoiserie wall coverings. Traditionally hand painted and very expensive, it is the ultimate luxury purchase. I had a panel made and framed for my own house and it is one of my most prized pieces.
I wanted this same look but there was no way authentic panels would work within the budget, so I turned to a printed version. This company has great patterns, lots of choices and colors, and gives you the same feeling as hand painted panels without the price tag. Of course the space would still be great without the wallpaper, but it really takes everything to the next level. She will have this beautiful artwork to look at every morning, and I bet it will make a difference in her day.
I may be biased, but this space is going to be gorgeous when it’s done. I'm just jealous it's not mine to use.