USA Trends Home Trends Vol 32 No 1 USA - Page 90

Making waves This bright, white bathroom features a textural undulating tile wall and contrasting rich wenge wood surfaces Above: Room with a view – this elegant bathroom includes textural 3D tiles, rich wood surfaces and plenty of space. In the shower area, a picture window takes in the garden. Facing page: The wenge countertops have a waterfall design while the basins are recessed into the wood. Following pages: Mirrored toekicks create the illusion that the vanity is floating above the marble floor. High wall sconces offer indirect lighting. When not one but several elements provide a stand-out feature in a bathroom design then the result is a sense of enveloping luxury. Just such a feel was requested for this 28m2 bathroom by designer Paul Bentham at Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath. A sum of its parts, the project has several key features, says Bentham. “However, the star of the renovated space is undoubtedly the undulating 3D wall tile. This creates a dramatic light and shadow play while fulfilling the agenda for a bright, white space.” Contrasting the white tiles, the tops of the vanity and central bench are in solid wenge, search | save | share at with waterfall sides. The natural wood is also sealed to make the surface impervious to water. And the use of wood is continued on the framing for the huge mirror which expands the room visually and brings in light by reflecting the view out the window on the opposite wall. “The window’s white quartz frame mimics wood trim but will last forever,” says Bentham. Replacing a seldom-used tub and tub deck, the designer set a generous shower area along the back wall of the house, with the picture window at dead centre. The shower zone has three areas, including a large central rainhead.