Its proportions allow height for dramatic lighting (Beacon Lighting’s ‘Vaille’ pendant is similar) and space for classy elements such as a vintage claw-foot bath. There’s also room for functional storage.
This shower nook was framed into the wall cavity early on in the renovation, and is both a design feature and a space-saving strategy. “It eliminates the need for additional hardware, such as glass shelves or caddies, so it’s a clever way to provide storage that doesn’t add distracting bulk,” says interior designer Serena Elise of White Chalk Design. For a similar gooseneck showerhead, try White Bathroom Co’s ‘Chisel’.
Small tiles on a floor, especially in a larger room, take an underfoot arena into wow-factor territory. Marble is a style staple of the classic bathroom, while introducing shapes like penny rounds, fish scales or hexagons – such as these sourced from Southern Tile – add both visual interest and a textural finish with repeated grout lines.
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Traditional Shaker-style cabinetry is given a delicate touch with shell cabinet knobs from Mother Of Pearl & Sons Trading. “The handle softened the look of the cabinetry,” says interior designer Serena Elise. “It is a whimsical touch and it influences the whole look.” For a similar hexagonal mirror, try Etsy.
Whether opting for an elaborate frame, a crested arch or a sleek silhouette, the bathroom vanity mirror is crucial when seeking a refined finish. Serena selected a frameless mirror with a fine bevelled edge from Alligator Glass. “It’s a small detail consistent with the traditional bathroom,” says Serena. “All of these finer details are small in isolation – but when pulled together they’re so important in executing a well-thought-out design.”
“Using a marble vanity kicker keeps the theme of natural products, but changing the pattern creates subtle interest”Serena elise
Elegant details are instrumental in evoking a spa-like feel to any classic bathroom. A striking chandelier is a sure-fire way to ramp up the glam factor, and luxurious textures play their part. “By adding a sheer linen curtain as a backdrop for the bath, it ensures a soothing and comforting feeling – not to mention a touch of romance,” says interior designer Serena Elise.
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