Yes, the ‘90s may be back in fashion, but when my partner and I took on this dated bath as one of our first projects with our new design firm Consort, there were a few leftover trends in home design we were ready to scrap. When handed a bathroom with a blue glass mosaic shower and tiled countertops, what’s one to do but strap on your Birkenstocks, crank up the Alanis, and make bold moves to bring the ensuite into the 21st century?
We like the high-end look of a countertop with a thick edge, but not so much the cost and difficulty of working with a 1 1/2-inch-thick piece of stone. To create a luxe look within budget, we sourced a more affordable 3/4-inch slab, mitered the corners, and bookmatched the edges to create the illusion of a 3-inch-thick marble countertop.
Who doesn’t want to feel sexy in the bathroom? A steam shower wasn’t the only way we turned up the heat here. We ripped out the pink marble tub and tiled countertops, and opted for a high-contrast look with dark his-and-hers vanities and custom steel framed mirrors. Nothing says “come hither” like a black claw-foot tub.
Pink tile was one of those ghastly trends from the ‘90s that we had to resurface in this space. We love the romantic look of herringbone and it can easily be created on the floor using a long, slender rectangular tile. There’s a minor upcharge to the labour, but added value in the classic look of the end result.
We always tell clients to get intimate with their marble slab. We like to bring you to a local stone yard to pick a stone that speaks to you. You’ll also be in on the exact size, in the event there’s anything left over. In our case, we were able to use remaining square footage that would have normally been scrapped to create a custom shower bench.