Retreat from Reality
Floor-to-ceiling porcelain tile slabs become the inspiration for this designer’s own bathroom renovation.
A 90’s-era master bathroom motivated this interior designer to create for herself what all her clients have wanted since the beginning of the pandemic, a respite from the new world we now experience, in the one place that now matters more than ever — home.
The design goal was to create a serene bathroom space using a neutral color scheme. In addition to being wheelchair accessible, updated lighting was necessary to serve new features of the space. The bathroom also required a new approach to organization and storage, all while utilizing materials that are easy to clean and maintain.
Homing in on a concept and materials can be challenging for a designer’s personal space because they are keenly aware of the thousands of options available. In this case, a vivid recollection of a product seen at Coverings prompted the designer to dig through her records and then track down the manufacturer of a beautiful porcelain slab that had captured her attention. Other choices for the space then fell into place.
Ceramic tile is the main material used in this bathroom renovation. Floor-to-ceiling marble-look porcelain tile slabs on the shower walls, countertops, and behind the vanities served as the focal point for the design project. The location for the grab bars, towel bars, and shower plumbing were critical, as those holes had to be drilled into the huge porcelain slabs prior to delivery and installation. The porcelain tile was fabricated to fit snuggly around the window openings for a clean, streamlined look. The bathroom floors and walls feature cozy, wood-look porcelain tile that transitions though the curbless shower floor, which incorporates a heated flooring system. A custom porcelain tile bench sits inside the shower, featuring accent lighting and a heated seat.
The designer requested an installation with minimal grout lines, which helps to create uninterrupted sight lines and an easy-to-clean surface. Ceramic tile was chosen for the bathroom surfaces because of its beautiful designs that offer durability and low maintenance, plus mold-, bacteria-, mildew-resistance, as well as slip-resistance options.
Bathroom and shower walls, bathroom and shower floors, and countertops
230 sq. ft.
ECollection 48, Boreal Natural (walls and floors); Habitat, Calacatta Antique (shower and vanity walls); Habitat, Calacatta Imperiale (countertops)
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