Homes

Touches of texture take bathrooms to the next level

The spa experience is being recreated in residential bathrooms, where designers often use neutral palettes and soft lighting to set an ethereal tone. But textural touches are required to provide a sense of feeling anchored to the space. Waves, clean lines, and various nature-inspired textures catch the eye, adding depth and creating visually interesting points of reference. The contrasting smooth, sleek surfaces in the details — faucets, basins, lighting — form a juxtaposition of textures that refocus the mind and, in doing so, prepare it to be transported away to a more tranquil place.

Photo by John Kealey
Photo by John Kealey

Art House collaborated with Candace Sutcliffe on this family bathroom (above). A sleek, free-standing bathtub sits boldly in front of large windows that offer unobstructed views. Alex Diaz of Art House explains that by using varying formats of the same tile, they created a sense of expansiveness. A slick quartz counter, a linear drain, and a modern, sleek faucet punctuate the otherwise simple semi-private walk-in shower, adding to the illusion that the space is larger than it really is.

Photo by Dwayne Brown
Photo by Dwayne Brown

A Mediterranean holiday — without leaving home. This bathroom (above) by Gerhard Linse Design was designed to invoke a seaside experience. LED back-lit onyx basins were chosen to “mimic the hues of the setting sun,” says Linse, while the soft, warm feel of the gunmetal-hued Corian countertops and tub deck are “reminiscent of sun-drenched rocks.” Above the tub, the wavy sky-blue panels recreate the inviting waters of, say, the Riviera.

Photo by Gordon King
Photo by Gordon King

By sourcing materials with natural elements and clean lines for this master ensuite (above), Deslaurier Custom Cabinets and Cardel Homes achieve their goal of inviting the surrounding woodlands in. The bath area is neatly divided from the shower by a feature wall with a unique uneven surface. Added warmth comes via the grains in the wood flooring, as well as from the soft, scattered light flowing from a rustic chandelier above the freestanding tub.