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Discover three bathrooms that take relaxing in the tub or lingering in the shower to a whole new level. Let us know your favorite in the comments below!
Not everyone is bold enough to go for dramatic, heavily veined tile — especially on their floors and walls — but author and antique collector Arnold Logan was ready to bring his 210-square-foot space over to the dark side. The traditional envelope, including an existing wood-burning fireplace, stately moldings and expansive windows overlooking 14 hectares of rolling hills in Aurora, Ontario, were the building blocks for designer Lisa Worth’s vision.
Relocating the tub to face the sculptural limestone fireplace and swapping the location of the vanity and shower were both costly moves, but the improved flow was worth it. A custom walnut vanity, mirror and slatted wall next to the toilet complement the nailhead-detailed copper tub and hammered-copper sink. “We couldn’t do all copper fixtures,” says Lisa, “and I worried that brass would fight with the copper, so I looked to elegant polished nickel for the hardware and fixtures.” A Lucite chandelier was the finishing flourish to accentuate the 11-foot-high ceilings without stealing the spotlight from the tub.
Shower controls tucked into this niche allow you to turn on the shower without getting wet.
There are lots of little and not-so-little decisions that come with a renovation but, as designer Alison Milne can attest, there are certain spaces where extra-special attention pays off in spades. Alison and her team took a meticulous approach to this 140-square-foot principal bathroom — part of a three-year, whole-house renovation in Etobicoke, Ontario. “It needed to be interesting and relevant but still have a classic underlying tone.” A spacious walk-in shower and soaker tub were also on the owners’ wish list.
A long, linear layout creates a striking sight line from the principal bedroom through to the finished bathroom, where an angled wall featuring nearly 100 square feet of hand-painted terracotta tile takes center stage. Classic brushed-brass plumbing fixtures, slate floors, white herringbone ceramic wall tile and an ebony-stained vanity balance the attention-grabbing feature wall. Finishing touches from Saudade, a popular design shop in Toronto’s Little Portugal neighborhood, bring soul to the newly renovated space.
“I loved the idea of a patterned tile against a dark floor, but we had to get samples of many options in order to convince our clients to go with such a bold tile,” says Alison.
Sometimes setbacks, like an underlying structural issue causing a cracked marble floor, can be the push you need to tackle the bathroom renovation you’ve always dreamed of. That was the case for these homeowners, a busy couple with three young children and a dog, living in a midtown neighborhood in Toronto. Their former vanity area had two pedestal sinks, meaning storage was scarce, too. “Our clients wanted a new, modern feel that still respected the older architecture of the home,” says Cindy Bleeks, one half of the design firm Feasby & Bleeks. Cindy and Erin Feasby removed the too-trad finishes from the 205-square-foot space in favor of a fresher aesthetic.
Cindy and Erin blend old and new in every room they touch, and this project was no exception. The aged-brass finish chosen for the otherwise sleek plumbing fixtures is sophisticated, while a barely-there linen roman blind doesn’t detract from the room’s original wainscotting. Floating above the floor is a custom vanity boasting a traditional door profile and classic hardware. Perhaps the most impressive marriage of styles is the contemporary grey porcelain tile laid in a traditional chevron pattern. “We used a honed version on the floor and a polished version on the vanity wall,” says Cindy. “The chevron pattern also draws attention away from the large threshold that separates the two rooms.”
“We chose what we felt was beautiful, proportionate and right for this space – not what was trendy. That’s how you achieve a timeless room you won’t tired of easily,” says Cindy.