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Designer Tip: Everyday Luxury

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Designer Tip: Everyday Luxury

Interior designer Heather Segreti creates a sumptuous retreat echoing the features and feel of a luxury vacation

By Heather Segreti • Photography By Larry Arnal

Vacation every day is the theme for this master bathroom. Who doesn’t want to wake up every morning and feel like they just walked into a luxury resort master ensuite?

With that being said, our departure point for this down-to-earth couple with exceptional taste was to provide them with all the amenities as well as the esthetic experience you would find in a luxury resort.

Nestled in the King City area of north Toronto, this sprawling bungalow set the stage for what would soon be an exquisite master ensuite oasis.

Where to start? With a grand tile of course!

STATEMENT TILE

I suggested we look at a large-format porcelain option, which is making headway in the marketplace right now. The latest trend is to digitally produce imagery of actual stone printed onto porcelain tile, the options are endless. Sizes can go up from five to 10 feet for the wall tiles, and smaller formats for the floors.

After viewing the product on display at CIOT Marble and Granite in Vaughan, we made our choice. Onice–Perla, a beautiful onyx image with a vertical vein direction, which would accentuate the 11-foot ceilings.

THE FIXTURES

The space-planning mandate was to have a separate water closet, large shower with bench seat and rain showerhead, spa-like soaker tub with floor-mounted tub filler, as well as a spacious his-and-her double-sink vanity with makeup area.

We firmed up the details of the vanity, shower footprint along with the tub and enclosed water closet. Once the footprint for the space was established, we then expanded on the details.

STYLISH & SEAMLESS STORAGE

The vanity sits on custom legs with a laser-cut, lower decorative panel allowing the tile to flow under the cabinets for a more open, furniture look. The custom vanity with fully integrated mirrors and lighting added to the customization and grandeur of the space.

In the centre of the vanity, in the mirror panel over the makeup counter, we added a recessed hidden cabinet in the wall to conceal bathroom items. You would not even know that it opens by looking at it.

PIÈCE DE RESISTANCE

One of the most exciting and impactful features of this ensuite is the large-format onyx porcelain wall panels, paired with the matching large-scale floor tiles. These panels created the perfect backdrop for the stunning Victoria & Albert Limestone soaker tub.

The “Toulouse” tub’s elegant curves complement the winding, vertical veining of the onyx slabs. Their tubs are made of a blend of volcanic limestone and high-performance resins. Naturally white, each item is individually hand-finished by craftsman. We complemented the tub with the very beautiful Perrin and Rowe floor-mounted tub filler in a polished nickel finish.

COHESIVE CONNECTION

All the hardware in the space is polished nickel for a cohesive look throughout the rest of the house. I added in subtle details that add to the synergy in the space, such as the custom plaster crown moulding, which mirrors the wood detailing at the base of the vanity.

We created a calm, spa-like experience with a neutral colour palette that has minimal contrast. We utilized natural materials associated with nature, such as the porcelain panels, gentle, flowing lines rather than sharp angles like the oval undermount sinks, Toulouse V&A soaker tub along with the vertical veining in the porcelain onyx slabs.

The simplicity of the Caesarstone countertop and bench seat allow for the onyx slabs to stand out, yet I can’t emphasize enough the importance of the balance and synergy by choosing finishes that complement each other, rather than compete with each other.

Our master ensuite flows beautifully with the master bedroom adding to the calm oasis, a spa-like feeling the homeowners enjoy every day

Award-winning Interior Designer Heather Segreti N.C.I.D.Q. , A.R.I.D.O. ,I.D.C. known for creating true luxury bespoke designs Whether you are building a custom luxury home, renovating or redesigning an existing space, Segreti Design has the vision to make this space uniquely yours. segretidesign.com

SOURCES:

Soaker Tub, Victoria and Albert Tub Filler, Perrin and Rowe, Sinks, Oval Undermount Toto Rendezvous Faucets, Perrin and Rowe

Porcelain Tile Floor, Onice Perla, Ciot Marble and Granite 30” x 30” Porcelain Tile Wall Slabs, Max Fine Porcelain

Counter top & Shower Jambs, Quartz #4600 Organic White, Caesarstone

Shower Floor Tile, Marble Depot Mosaic

Crown Moulding, Custom to match millwork base by Classic Moulding

Vanity, Manorwood Custom Cabinetry

Vanity & Wall Paint colour, CC-50 White Down, Benjamin Moore

Light Fixtures, Hudson Valley wall sconces

Custom Ottoman & Bench, Segreti Design Ottoman & Bench, Vinyl, JF Fabrics

Cabinetry Hardware, Richelieu

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HOME FINDS: Simply Luxurious

HOME FINDS: Simply Luxurious

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HOME FINDS: Simply Luxurious

by Silvana Longo

Oasis. Retreat. Spa-like. Luxury at home. These are the concepts that continue to build upon the bathroom trends dominating interiors. The opportunity to primp and destress in a calming haven you can call your own. Whether you’re glam or minimalist, find your bathroom bliss with these latest fixtures, finishes and accessories that raise the bar.

A skillful combination of colours and textures merge within this charming, yet modern Scavolini design, giving the bathroom unprecedented character. The cabinetry features a streamlined silhouette, thanks to doors with a recessed profile, perfect for storage. The wallmounted base unit and dedicated line of accessories, which includes matching taps, shelves and towel rails, complete this bathroom collection, and are available in a choice of white, brass or aluminium finish. For more information on the Tratto collection from Scavolini, go to scavolinitoronto.com.

VANITIES & WASHSTANDS

OLD WORLD MEETS NEW

Combine the vintage charm of a classic open-framework console with the benefit of modern fixtures. The integrated sink top is made from SculpureStone material, which is non-porous, stain-, mould- and mildew-resistant , making cleaning and maintenance easy. The Boutique collection tops with Palmer legs come in two styles: Traditional with a round or oval sink; cove-edge treatment and tapered-foot console legs; or modern with a rectangular sink and studio console legs. The tops are available in a matte or gloss finish.

Boutique collection with Palmer legs, $3,145 – $9,255; mtibaths.com available at Tiles Plus Bath & Tile Centre in Mississauga.

— Sil’s Pick–

MODERN MARVEL

The Avento freestanding vanity celebrates chic elegance and minimalist design. Perfect in bathroom spaces both large and small, it is available in multiple configurations for single or double basins. Even the interior of the vanity can be customized with dividers, LED lighting and integrated outlets as desired. There are limitless design options with six distinctive metal finishes, and more than 50 options for panel finishes that include traditional and exotic woods, unique textured surfaces, and high-gloss acrylics. Avento vanity, from Furniture Guild starts at $5,000; gingers.com.

Sil Says … The best way to save surface space is to choose a sleek washstand with a towel bar. The traditional style juxtaposed with the modern matte-black finish creates the perfect tension and balance.

The Metallo washstands are timeless design classics, with right-angle tee joints that reference traditional bathroom pipework, looking equally at home in a more traditional bathroom or industrial-inspired scheme. Each washstand features a practical towel bar and a shelf for storage, finished in a tubular brass.

The Metallo is available in two sizes, shown here is the Metallo 114, which is topped with a sleek Mandello 114 Solo basin. Metallo 114, $2,730; vandabaths.com

The Candella washstands are typified by the design of the legs, which feature elegantly shaped details. A towel bar and a storage shelf in tempered glass are practical yet well designed, lending a sense of hotel style to the bathroom.

The Candella is available in two sizes, shown here is the Candella 100 topped with a Victorian-inspired Lario 100 Solo basin. Candella 100, $2,878; vandabaths.com

LIGHTING

Mouth-blown glass spheres soften the light and are attached to a thickly circular backplate finished in aged brass. Paired together, these two elements lighten not just the room but the mood. Baird Triple Wall Light, aged brass, $575; gingers.com
Bring the five-star hotel experience home, creating a spa-like setting in your bathroom. The Hotelier collection is made of durable solid brass.

Hotelier Sconce, $270; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

BATHING BEAUTIES

LIGHT THERAPY

A contemporary version of the claw-foot tub with chunky metal feet and coordinating armrests in eight different finishes, this elongated oval silhouette is large enough for two bathers. Indulge in the latest chromatherapy system featuring LED lights embedded within the structure of the bath. The coloured lights glow through the tub’s acrylic shell to provide therapeutic benefits and a beautiful visual effect.

Scala Claw-foot Tub from BainUltra starts at $6,350; available in Toronto at Bath Emporium

YOUR TUB’S BEST FRIEND

Crafted to the highest standards and reaching 36½” spout height from the floor, the East Square tub filler comes with an integrated hand shower. The spout was designed with a precise and sophisticated squared angle, making it ideal for any modern bath. The tub filler comes in polished chrome, polished nickel and satin-nickel finishes.

East Square tub filler, from Newport Brass starts at $1,759; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

SUMPTUOUS SUMMER SHOWER

The Real Rain overhead panel is designed with a water reservoir that relies on gravity to shape individual drops that replicate rainfall. When the reservoir fills, water spills into the remainder of the showerhead, covering over 775 nozzles, and raindrops begin to fall softly and slowly, then grow in strength and speed until the shower feels, sounds, and looks like a warm, summer rain. Push a button and the Deluge feature releases a reservoir of water in one powerful instant to simulate an energetic burst of heavy rain.

Real Rain Overhead Panel, $3,264; kohler.com

SAFETY FIRST

Move over institutional-looking fixture, the new grab bar moves forward in style. Softened, square-angled corners pervade the collection, while rounded, sleek edges stay true to an advanced style preferred by modern bathrooms. Circular escutcheons cleverly conceal the mounting hardware.

Available in seven length options, the grab bars are offered in 27 finishes and a variety of styles. Kubic Grab Bar from Newport Brass, black, $404; PMF Plumbing

FAUCETS

The jewelry of the bathroom, warm metals and matte-black finishes are trending

The Vaia Collection features soft radii, fine silhouette and flowing transitions. Meticulously defined joints and uniquely silky textures highlight the meticulous dedication to craftsmanship and detail. Dornbracht Vaia X Faucet, dark bronze matte, $3,219; gingers.com
Add variety by pairing clean-lined, angled handles with a curved spout, features that are contrasting yet complementary.

Pavani starts at $813; Dupont Plumbing Supplies

ALL THE RIGHT ANGLES

Combining geometric elements in the most precise way, the angle of the curved spout is matched precisely by the angle of its handles. The gentle curve of the faucet and its coordinating curved handles supply plenty of contemporary cool without overwhelming the space. Solid brass construction and available in eight finishes.

Domino faucet from Franz Viegener starts at $1,095; gingers.com

TILE TRENDS

We are seeing lots of patterns and movement in tile trends this year

The Autore collection features a classic surface inspired by the refined spirit of Venetian terrazzo. Shown here in Rimini, each of the five shades subtly glisten and evoke the polished marble aggregate characteristic of terrazzo.

Starts at $7.99 per square foot; ceragres.ca

Color Line by Fap Ceramiche is a new contemporary collection that adds vibrancy to your bathroom. Available in multiple colours and patterns, it also features a new Color Now floor tile, for perfectly blended layouts.

Color Line starts at $6.25/sq. ft.; ciot.com

Two tile patterns—Both from the Waterjet Mosaics collection.

 

1. Bloom Carrara & Statuario, $57 per sq. ft.
2. Grace Cersei/China White & Diamond Blue, $106.21 per sq. ft.; sstileandstone.ca

BATH ACCESSORIES

TOILETRIES ON WHEELS

Tailored lines meet easy functionality in this compact cart that rolls from room to room as a bar cart, kitchen prep station or in this case, the perfect bathroom caddy. A clean, Parson’s-style stainless-steel frame supports two box-like shelves of solid American walnut stained natural brown.

Pearson Utility Cart, $799; crateandbarrel.ca

STACK & STORE

A sophisticated solution to bathroom clutter, this medium canister is designed with a recessed lid that allows it to be stacked with coordinating Cedras canisters. Made of stoneware, the canister is coated in matte-black glaze with an artisan-like splatter effect.

Cedras Stackable Canisters, small $19.95, medium $34.95, large $41.95; crateandbarrel.ca

COLOUR POP

A clean design with a thick wavy structure that embraces your body and adds luxury to your bathroom. Soft and fluffy in coordinated colours so you can choose your favourite.

FLODALEN bath towel, teal, $12.99; ikea.ca

HIGH OR LOW

Modern elegance meets functional simplicity with the MEM Robe Hook.

Dornbracht mem Robe hook, $149; gingers.com

KVASP hook brass colour, $2.99 3 in pack; ikea.ca

STORAGE

ALWAYS IN STYLE

Spacious storage in several beautiful finishes. The soft-closing doors allow you to start the day with a pleasant sense of calm. Built to last through years of spills and steamy showers.

W40xD32xH192cm GODMORGON high cabinet, $299, kasjon light gray; ikea.ca


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CIOT: Discover Four Key Trends for Interior Surfaces in 2018

CIOT: Discover Four Key Trends for Interior Surfaces in 2018

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CIOT: Discover Four Key Trends for Interior Surfaces in 2018

1. METALLIC FINISHES

Diesel Stage Ceramic Tiles, Metallic Grey colour
Diesel Stage Ceramic Tiles, Metallic Grey colour

With the new popularity of industrial design elements, metallic finishes are getting star billing in homes. There are now ceramic tiles that mimic metallic surfaces like copper, brass, gold, and silver. Paired with a minimalist décor, these unique design statements create wonderful plays of contrasts.

Our Diesel Stage tile collection, with its raw texture and metallic finish, comes in darker, muted hues, for an ultramodern look that wraps you in a whole new ambience.


2. GEOMETRIC SHAPES STILL ON TREND

Trapez Ceramic Tiles, Talco colour
Trapez Ceramic Tiles, Talco colour

Scale Umbrella Ceramic Tiles, White and Metallic colors
Scale Umbrella Ceramic Tiles, White and Metallic colors

This year, the beloved hexagon will slowly be eclipsed by triangular shapes and combination chevron tiles. If you’ve been pondering using repetitive shapes to create fun, playful spaces, this is your chance. The possibilities are really wide open with this trend. Work with a limited range of colours for a simple, neutral space or make a statement with bold, avant garde hues. Subway tiles, which are all the rage, can be lined up into chevrons for added movement.

For a feature wall that really pops, consider our Scale Umbrella collection. The 3D raised pyramid surface plays on shadow and light to great visual effect.


3. TERRAZZO MAKES A COMEBACK

Imperial Venice Ceramic Tiles, Sale e Pepe colour
Imperial Venice Ceramic Tiles, Sale e Pepe colour

Terrazzo and mottled patterns will have major sway in 2018. In subtle hues or with pastel accents, terrazzo in particular will be a popular choice. With its graphical, vintage motif, irregular surfaces, and delicate specks, terrazzo adds a light, airy touch to any room.

Our new Imperial Venice tile collection is based on traditional Venetian terrazzo. It gets the look of marble fragments in cement just right, for a surface that’s truly unique.


4. PATTERNED CEMENT TILES

Cementum15 Ceramic Tiles, Nature patterns
Cementum15 Ceramic Tiles, Nature patterns

Petra Tiles, Mix patterns
Petra Tiles, Mix patterns

Tiles with the look and feel of raw cement in vintage, geometric, and bohemian patterns will continue to be popular. We’ll also be seeing delicately textured monochrome ceramics. Both options are perfect for a floor with real character. Use patterned tiles selectively to mark boundaries (for a reading corner or entrance hall, for example) or to create the illusion of a rug. The bespoke, artisanal effect also makes for a bold, distinctive design element, especially in bathrooms and other confined spaces.

A simple patterned surface still creates a nice effect in an otherwise neutral space. Our Petra collection is an assortment of tiles in muted and beige hues. Combined, they infuse the room with a quiet vibrancy.

 

ABOUT CIOT

Founded in 1950, Ciot is a leading importer, distributor, retailer and transformer of marble, slate, onyx and ceramic tiles. The company, which offers a one-stop-shop concept, owns showrooms in Montreal, Quebec, Brossard, Toronto (3) and Detroit, as well as a business office in New York.

 


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Home Finds: Bathroom Breakthrough

HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Bathroom Breakthrough

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HOME FINDS: TREND WATCH: Bathroom Breakthrough

by Silvana Longo

From a sea of white fixtures and neutral backdrops emerges a new kind of bathroom—swapping safe with bold—we embrace colour, pretty patterns and sensual texture. Whether your bathroom is large or small, a symphony of design elements can breathe life into this hard-working room. It’s time to amp up the drama and add some oomph with these latest trends.

The iconic Marlborough tub from Victoria + Albert Baths is based on a traditional French bateau-style tub. Its double-ended design makes it the perfect statement- soaking tub for one or two people. Choose from three popular tones of grey, matte and gloss black or a soft-matte white.

Marlborough BATHTUB, light grey paint finish, $6,200;
Florin 26 TUB FILLER in polished chrome, $3,800;
Florin 20 SHOWER in polished chrome, $5,300;

vandabaths.com

FROM FLOORING TO COUNTERTOPS AND BACKSPLASH — there are so many options available, so it is important to do your homework. Besides, during your morning rush rituals, don’t you want to ensure all bathroom surfaces are up to the task?

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE

The durability and low maintenance of GEOLUXE makes it the perfect choice for a bathroom countertop as it is resistant to chemicals, scratches, heat and frost, and is also very hygienic. This new material is incredibly versatile and can be easily integrated into any bathroom space for a superbly stylish look.

Complete slab: $2,350, cut to size: Geoluxe, $89.95 sq.ft.

ciot.com

TWO TIMES A LADY

The Double Ladybower Vanity was chosen by Architectural Digest for its AD Great Design 2017 Award. Martin Brudnizki conceived the vanity with simplicity in mind. Elegant, light and modern, it uses white marble and brassware in a pared-down design. Behind its contemporary lines lie functional considerations, including good storage space and details, such as the bent recess in the towel rail, which ensures that the towel stays in place.

Go to drummonds-uk.com for more information.

STYLISH SPACE SAVER

If you want to add some spa luxury to a slightly smaller master, this curvaceous tub comes in at 58 inches from tip to tip. The feel of this tub is like silk: smooth and sensuous. Because the silk-like, solid-surface material is easy to work with and mold, the Hastings Chelsea bathtub has curves in all the right places. It is 19 ¾ inches high on small end and curves up to 25 inches at the other end. Contemporary with a softer edge, the Chelsea is a sweet tub, perfect for rooms that want a lighter feel without compromising design. Durable, resistant to stains and easy to clean.

Chelsea Bathtub, $5,495 in matte white finish. $5,995 in glossy white

hastingstilebath.com

*Shipped worldwide from New York City.


FREE-FLOWING FAUCETS

From modern to traditional, here are the latest faucets for a bathroom refresh.

HAMNSKÄR FAUCET

$129

ikea.com

Elements FAUCET

3-hole deck mounted, $1,424

eurobathkitchen.com

Infini FAUCET from THG Paris. Lavatory set in gold

$4,626

gingers.com


SLEEK SHAPE

The compact Cabrits 55 is an elegant, low-profile vessel basin perfectly suited for contemporary bathrooms. Its organic shape means it can be paired with any of Victoria + Albert’s range of modern freestanding tubs. Made from ENGLISHCAST, a unique and durable composite of Volcanic Limestone and resin. Choose from three popular tones of grey, matte- and gloss-black or a soft-matte white.

Cabrits 55 basin: $729
Tubo 19 faucet: $1,185

vandabaths.com

HAUTE HARDWARE

The Waldorf is a traditional collection featuring hexagons and octagons creating a detailed look. A robe hook with hexagonal back plate, available in two finishes.

Crosswater Waldorf Robe Hook
$95 – $125

 

The M Pro is a modern collection featuring cylindrical shapes and curved lines, creating a simple clean feel. The M Pro Towel holder is a single arm-mounted towel ring, available in three finishes.

Crosswater M Pro 7″ Towel Holder
$125 – $155

gingers.com

MIRROR, MIRROR

The Stack LED mirror features a unique lift-up door design for maximum storage. The touchactivated mirror has two electrical outlets and two USB ports inside the cabinet, as well as an open shelf on the right side for additional storage. With a full mirror on the interior and exterior, the mirror’s light illuminates through the frosted glass, and when closed, the lights stay in place. Available in two sizes and a stone-grey finish.

Stack LED Mirror, $1,995.

Ronbow available at Taps & Stone Kitchen & Bath

SMART SHOWER

Deck-mounted Roman diverter valve and hand shower assembly. Available in six finishes.

Franz Viegener PLUS Deck Tub Hand Shower, $1,075

gingers.com

Intuitive in function and design, the GROHE Rainshower SmartControl is a fully personalized showering experience. The SmartControl delivers water at the desired temperature within a fraction of a second and stays consistent for the duration of your shower, preventing both water waste and scalding. CoolTouch technology ensures additional safety by preventing exposed metal surfaces from becoming hotter than the water temperature. This all-in-one solution combines impressive technology with organic design for a stylish and innovative statement.

Rainshower SmartControl, contact grohe.ca for pricing.


FUNKY LIGHTING

— SIL’s PICK —

“Bold & Big are making a splash in the bathroom. From floors to backsplash, say goodbye to neutral & minimalist and hello to colour, mosaics and texture…”

Silvana Longo
Editor

The combination of aged brass, marble and a sphere emanating light—what’s not to love? The hand-blown glass diffuser is clear on the outside and etched white on the inside, creating depth and polish… I would definitely add these sconces to a new bathroom. Boone Wall Sconce, $376, Hudson Valley Lighting is available in Toronto at Royal Lighting & Universal Lamp.

hudsonvalleylighting.com

 

A playful mixture of materials and finishes, intersecting lines and contrasting shapes, characteristic of 1980s postmodern design. Three overlapping shapes define the sconce: a textured Venetian glass square, an oversized, bold leaf finished isosceles triangle reminiscent of a Spinnaker sail and a stainless steel circle. $585. Royal Lighting, Universal Lamp.

corbettlighting.com


DARLING DETAILS

This all-white ceramic stool has an interesting cut-out detail that adds texture to the bathroom.

White stoneware cutout stool, 13″x18″, $200
Round blue-and-white porcelain dish. 5″ $4

cobistyle.com


MILES OF TILES

— EM’s PICK —

Emilie Simpson
Art Director

Geometric tiles are still going strong, especially oversized ones. The latest eye-catching collection, Progetto 4D with its deep blue hue, has been all the rage with mid-century fans. These tiles are ideal as an accent wall accompanied by the plain version of the same tile or—for the more daring— on all the walls of the bathroom.

Progetto 4D is available in two colours (shown here in Deep Blue, and White), with four different 3D- motifs, in a matte 16″x32″ format.

Contact ceragres.ca for pricing.

1 The Gone collection, 8″x8″ format

2 The Orchestra collection, 8″x8″ format

3 Hops wall tile Nero in a 3″x6″ format.

Contact ceragres.ca for pricing.



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Architecture Expert – The Black and White Of It

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Architecture Expert – The Black and White Of It

A detailed look at how to pull off a bathroom in this classic colour combination.

I love the drama of a black and white bathroom, it’s elegant and fashionably timeless. By varying the physical and visual texture of the black-and-white materials and fixtures, the design possibilities are endless.

When designing a bathroom, create the overall floor plan and elevations first and locate the fixtures. This will determine how much of the budget will go to electrical, plumbing and carpentry. The next step is to source the fixtures.

KEEP IT COHESIVE

Because fixtures vary so much in pricing and style, you may want to narrow down your choices before committing to an overall bathroom style. Remember, every manufacturer has their specific shade of white. Some plumbing fixtures are more off-white than others. Buying porcelain products from the same manufacturer guarantees a match. If you decide on black fixtures, I would definitely recommend you stay within the same manufacturer. Kohler has a beautiful line of black fixtures. The Kohler Veil is a wall-mounted elongated toilet that comes in ‘black black,’ which is Kohler’s darkest colour. Pair it with one of Kohler’s ‘black black’ sinks and tubs. Victoria and Albert also offers a lovely line of sinks and tubs in gloss and matte black.

VANITIES FOR EVERY BUDGETCiot

Finding the perfect vanity can set the style for the bathroom. Luxury vanity companies offer freestanding vanities that are reminiscent of furniture. For true elegance, look for solid wood and hand-carved marble tops. There are many companies that offer ‘off the shelf,’ sleek, modern style wall-mounted vanities in gloss white and black. For those of you who want to make the most of your space, consider getting a vanity made with the countertop of your choice. The vanity can be made with customized drawers for makeup, jewelry and toiletries. Most recently, I have added pull-out trolleys as towers on either side of the counter to maximize vertical space. Additionally, for the budget-conscious, consider a vanity from a big-box store. Before committing, look for durable surface finishes and plywood or solid-wood construction.

BLACK FIXTURES

The newest trend on the market is matte-black faucets. Most of the major companies such as Kohler and Delta sell them. Available for sinks and tubs, check the specific style line before you commit, as they are not always available for both and many don’t offer a bidet option.

Faucet, Brizo Vox Sink, Kohler Brillo Tile, Ciot

NATURAL & EXOTIC

When sourcing natural-stone tiles or slabs, the earth gifts us with many amazing options. For those who want an extra special feature bathtub, consider a carved bathtub in Nero Marquina marble or polished black granite. When deciding upon a tub like this, make sure you consider what other fixtures you will pair with it. For floor or wall tiles, a wonderful marble choice is Port Black, which has a slight white vein. There are quite a few black marbles from Turkey, Spain and France, many with white veins or bronze veining. The classic Thassos marble from Greece is one of the whitest marbles, while marbles like Calcutta and Carrera vary from yellow to grey. For those of you with a big budget, White Quartzite is stunning and offers an unparalleled depth and visible crystals.

SUSTAINABLE STONE

Porcelains and composite stones offer a more sustainable solution and allow the designer to play around with texture as many of these materials now have a 3D relief on the surface made possible by laser cutting. One such tile, offered by CIOT is the Brillo from Spain, which is a 3D-hexagonal tile. Each box comes with several profiles and they fit together like a puzzle. One of my favourite floors is Nero Marquina herringbone tile. Mix this with a crisp white vanity and tub, and you have an instantly stylish solution. There are thousands of choices in tiles, just remember slip-resistance is important in wet spaces. In a bathroom, I would highly recommend epoxy or stain-resistant grout.

JUST-RIGHT LIGHT

Lighting a black-and-white bathroom can be tricky. You want to make sure that the white surfaces are free from shadows. As always, choose three types of lighting: general, task and decorative. Make sure fixtures are bright and dimmable. When choosing fixtures, pay special attention to the colour temperature, which is measured in Kelvin; 3000-3200K is a good temperature for bathroom light. The higher the temperature, for example 6000K, the cooler and bluer the light will be. Blue light is very unflattering and has no place in the bathroom! Conversely, don’t go below 3000K, or you will appear jaundiced in the mirror.

By: Samantha Sannella

SOURCES – URBAN RETREAT HOMES, BATHTUB: Dahlia from Dezign Market LIGHTING: Ruskii from Viso

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