Date: June 25, 2021 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek |
Before & After: Katie Grace Designs updates a master bath with pattern, polish, and practicality
Making a room feel larger doesn’t necessarily have to be about added square footage. When designer Katie Rees came to this project, the owners wanted their bathroom to feel more spacious and open but knew it still had some functionality that worked well for them. “We were able to keep the footprint of the bath, but open
it up to make it feel like a completely new space,” Katie says.
For starters, she tackled a formerly dark and seemingly cramped shower. “The homeowners said they felt like they were showering in a cave,” Katie laughs. Without changing its size or shape, she knocked out the existing sheetrock and installed frameless glass to invite light into the space. She also added a second shower head along the back wall, creating a true double shower. A bench and handheld shower nozzle with a slide bar also improved functionality.
At the vanity, a single sink and step-down surface for applying makeup were traded for dual sinks. This change not only gave each homeowner a designated space but also simplified the overall appearance, allowing the backsplash tile to become a focal point. “This accent tile was the starting point for the entire design,” Katie says, noting it is paired with three other gray-and-white marbles in the room to create separate areas, all with a cohesive flow. Classic polished nickel fixtures and shapely mirrors complete the design.
“The tile is the star of the show, and we kept everything else understated to allow it to stand out.”
—Katie Rees, designer
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