Bathroom of the Week: Clean Lines and Beautiful Blue Tiles
If you don’t like that shower in your main bathroom to the point that you’re forced to go down to the basement to use a different one, It’s time to remodel. This was the case with this Seattle homeowner who engaged Jackson Design Build to do precisely this. The designer, Lisa Price, adjusted the layout to make the shower spacious. She also filled the space with blue hues that the homeowner adored and designed the tiles in a pattern inspired by old Welsh linens. The tile also featured a unique tile that her client had seen on the streets of Barcelona. This resulted in a sleek and inviting space where the homeowner can relax.
“We hemmed and hawed about how to get a lot of color in here, and I finally said, ‘How about we do ombre?’ The color of the tile changes throughout the space, from over the vanity to over the toilet to the shower,” Price states. Heath Ceramics manufactures the tile. “It is hand-made and hand-glazed. I picked tiles with a bullnose edge as the backsplash, so we wouldn’t need to put any kind of edging over or below it. It’s easy and clean,” she says. “I wanted to keep it all about the tile.”
Another significant material in the pallet is quartersawn wood in a vertical orientation with a matte, clear surface on the vanity. “This is a fabulous finish — it feels almost silky,” Price declares. Price suggested PaperStone as a countertop material. The product is an FSC-certified composite of recycled postconsumer paper and resin derived from industrial byproducts. “I always warn clients that if they don’t wipe up that, much like marble, this material can get watermarks and they need to be comfortable with that,” Price states. “This client was fine with it and the color was perfection.”
Find an established design-build company in your area in Houzz Before photo Before. Because the tub-shower installation in the main bathroom was uncomfortable and awkward, the homeowner sat in the bathroom downstairs. The tub’s surround was an annoyance, and the 1980s finish had a lot of wear and tear. Jackson Design Build After: After removing the tub, Price scooted the vanity and toilet to the left, creating space for a new shower stall on the other side of the room. The vanity could take advantage of the light from the window already in place. It is important to note how moving the toilet might not be feasible in all projects; however, in this instance, Price could move the toilet’s stack without difficulty.
How the tub was constructed was able to preserve the original hardwood floors underneath it. Price managed to protect the feet and have them renovated. Although the overall design is sleek and clean with a contemporary style, Price was careful to keep the original features of the 1930s home. This includes the window and trim as well as the glass door handles. The designer paired the two styles using simple vintage navy ceiling lighting made by Schoolhouse Electric. Before PhotoBefore: The homeowner lives independently and would prefer an additional counter space over a second sink. Jackson Design BuildAfter To add more area for storage, Price included cabinets for toiletries and towels to the left. The cabinet’s doors are behind it, and she said roll-out drawers to ensure the best ergonomic performance.
Price’s client wanted the same mirror medicine cabinets that the bathroom initially included. It was a challenge to work out since they had to be tall enough to reflect her top and work with the angle of the ceiling. Also, Price wanted the neat appearance of having the bottoms of the cabinets join them at the top. “This required a lot of math,” she adds. Jackson Design BuildThis image illustrates how the tiles fit between the countertop’s shelter as well as the lower part of the cabinets. The photo also showcases the gorgeous graining of the wood. “We used touch-release hardware to keep everything looking clean,” Price states. “The wood is so gorgeous, and I didn’t want to distract from that with hardware.”
The PaperStone countertop’s edge shows the paper layers that make up the. “I loved being able to show the interplay between the horizontal lines in the PaperStone and the vertical graining in the oak,” the designer declares. Jackson Design Build: BuildThe linens in the home’s bedroom inspired the tile’s color and arrangement. “My client’s sister lives in England and helps her collect vintage Welsh linens,” Price states. “I’m also Welsh and I loved the pattern of the bedding. I took the pattern as a basis to design the tile layout.” Jackson Design, BuildThe design of the bedding prompted the designer to mix small and broad tiles into an attractive design. Another math challenge was fitting the different dimensions of the tiles and grout lines onto the walls. “I kept saying, ‘It’s possible, we can do this!’ to the tile installer,” Price says.
The photo also demonstrates the subtle ombre changing of color from the backsplash tiles above the sink to the tiles above the toilet. Four shades of blue change from light to dark throughout the space. Most dark tiles are located on the backsplash. The tile that covers the bathroom and the sh, ower tile are lighter than the shower. The tiniest shade of blue is the shower’s ceiling.
Find the perfect blue bathroom tile Jackson Design BuildIn the shower. Price chose light blue for the ceiling and walls. The floor of the storm has white hexagonal tiles. The glass enclosure is clear, keeping this portion of the design from being visible to the other parts of the bathroom. Price went with the most straightforward, modern, minimalist plumbing fixtures as she said, “It’s everything about tile. Jackson Design BuildThe Shower stall measures 5 3 by 5 inches. Price created room by straightening an existing wall with an angled angle that was jutting into the bathroom through the adjacent closet, then taking a few feet of that closet. Due to the angled ceiling, it was required to position this shower head on the right level.
Find a tile shop in your area. Specialist Jackson Design BuildTwo niches are a lovely accent to the shower. The upper one can be used for storage of toiletries while the lower ledge is used as a shelf for shaving.
After seeing it on the trip, the owner fell in love with the pinot tile used for the sidewalks of Barcelona. It was designed by the legendary designer Antoni Gaudi in 1904; the pattern is 3D and depicts the seashell, starfish, and seaweed. Price utilized the way as a striking feature in bathrooms with niches for showers. Before photo Before Two entrances into the bathroom are both accessible. The first is directly off the hallway, while the other is in bedroom closets. The entrance to that closet in the room, which is visible in the photo’s background, was arched. The bathroom’s side had the doorway was rectangular. Jackson Design Build After: Price echoed the original arched doorway design on the side of the toilet. “It was a great way to bring the original architectural details of the house into the space,” she states. She also preserved the original moldings along with the doors to the linen closet and glass handles on the small linen closet in the background behind her chair. This project also included a complete cabinet renovation to make it more efficient and functional with shelving.
Price incorporated the original design of the old Welsh linen and bathroom decor as an accent pillow. The chair makes a great place to slip on your shoes and look at the newly renovated bathroom. The closet behind it houses additional bed linens and doesn’t have to be frequently opened.