January 15, 2018
At last week’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), one of the most obvious developments was the introduction of bold and eccentric hues. While gray and white will linger on top of most clients’ wish lists, hints of vibrant, jewel-like tones are making their way into kitchens and baths. A master bathroom redesign in Atlanta exemplifies this trend with its touch of the unexpected.
Before & After
The existing space had an old, outdated design that was not practical or aesthetically pleasing. The shower was closed in with glass doors and was difficult to keep clean, and the bulky, built-in tub beside it took up unnecessary room. There was also a lack of storage in the bathroom.
“Instead, the client wanted something contemporary that still maintained a spa-like atmosphere,” said designer Michelle Fee of Atlanta-based Change Your Bathroom.
Using AutoCAD, Fee designed the updated bathroom with a similar overall layout to the original but with a new idea. The shower remains in the corner by a window and next to the toilet room, and the vanity is across from it; the difference lies more in the way the shower and the tub connect with the rest of the bath.
“The tub and the shower area are now in an open wet area, which really opens up the bathroom visually and functionally,” said the designer.
Instead of the built-in tub, there is now an elegant freestanding tub with a floor-mounted tub filler. The shower is open to the rest of the bathroom with just one glass wall separating it from the vanity and no doors. With fewer walls and more open floor space, the bathroom immediately feels airier and relaxing.
According to Fee, it is important to think smart about a client’s exact needs when it comes to storage. For this particular homeowner, linen storage took precedence.
“We chose to incorporate custom linen storage towers into the design for added productivity into otherwise poorly utilized places,” she said. “One was custom fit into a closet, and the other is a freestanding unit in unused space.”
Along with open shelving in the middle for towels, the vanity also caters to this client with hair accessory storage and plug-ins in the bottom drawers.
For a classic modern style, Fee chose a gray tone for the Shaker-style vanity cabinets and marble-look quartz for the countertop. Two mirrors framed in the same gray tone are situated above the vanity. The gray continues with a wall of gray stacked stone behind the white, freestanding tub. This material lends interest and texture to the bath and contrasts its clean lines.
Set above the tub, an LED-lit, colored glass panel breaks out of the gray palette and helps establish the characteristic tone of the bath: turquoise. This aquamarine color is found on one of the shower walls in a mosaic of glass tiles that range in color from dark brown to pale blue and bright turquoise, making up an overall palette of sea-blue.
“While eccentric, the blue and turquoise tile really gives the bathroom depth and interest, while the gray color scheme lends a statelier approach,” said Fee.
Designer: Michelle Fee, Change Your Bathroom
Photographer: Change Your Bathroom, Inc.
Accent Tile: Hirsch Tile
Cabinetry: Zebra Cabinets
Countertops: Zebra Cabinets
Flooring and Wall Tile: Your Bath Store
Hardware: Top Knobs
Stacked Stone: Your Bath Store