Cool Blue, Spa-Like Bathroom
Inspired by tranquil blue, an Eastern medicine student transforms an inefficient master bath into a relaxing retreat.
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November 25, 2014
A Cool Blue Retreat
Eastern medicine student Stacy Kon remodeled the inefficient master bathroom of her Los Angeles home into a relaxing retreat every bit as spa-like as the spaces in which she practices one of her passions: acupuncture. A lover of all things blue, Stacy chose a refreshing shade of robin's-egg blue for the walls and ceilings.
Cramped and Cluttered
Prior to her master bathroom’s blue-toned remodel, Stacy's existing bathroom was cramped, inefficient and dark. To give it a spa-like update, she planned to tear out the adjacent closet, increasing the bathroom's width by two feet.
In order to maximize space inside the master bathroom, Stacy decided to have custom, frosted-glass doors installed just outside on a wall-mounted track. Since the doors slide left and right, rather than pushing inward and outward, they allowed for a galley-style set up with the vanity on the right and the soaking tub on the left.
Smart Storage Solutions
Taking the bedroom's lack of space into consideration, Stacy put every square inch to good use. A shampoo and body wash niche was added to the wall inside the shower, covered in the same white subway tile as the rest of the area. Stacy loved the clean, crisp contrast of the white subway tiles against the blue walls and ceiling.
Relaxing Rainwater Showerhead
Stacy had a rainwater showerhead installed just a few inches below the ceiling. Although many rainwater showerheads come in styles which install directly in the ceiling, they also require plumbing from above. To avoid the steep plumbing costs, Stacy decided to instead have her shower head wall-mounted.
A Clean Glass Partition
Stacy had a glass shower partition installed on a swivel bracket. When the shower is not in use, the glass partition swings back flush with the back wall of the bathroom. When it is in use, it works as a divider to keep the water from the showerhead contained within the soaking tub.
Cool Concrete Floors
The design concept for Stacy's spa-like master bathroom was cool, peaceful serenity. Instead of choosing tile for the floors and soaking tub surround, she had custom, cool gray concrete poured into forms made to size.
Since spa design is all about uncluttered, clean surfaces, Stacy wanted to ensure towels weren’t tossed over the side of the soaking tub or on the glass doors. To keep them assigned to one place and allow them to help layer blues throughout the room, she had modern chrome towel hooks installed along the back wall.
A Vanity for the Vibe
In keeping with the modern spa vibe of Stacy's new master bathroom, she had contemporary chrome faucets installed above undermount sinks.
Concerned with clutter and the possibility of making the modest-sized master bathroom feel even smaller, Stacy decided not to install a bulky medicine cabinet in the center of the double vanity. Instead, she had a custom, contemporary, Asian-inspired open-shelving unit created to house everyday items such as toothbrushes, perfumes and scrubs.
Keeping surfaces clean is a key part of spa design. When designing the custom cabinetry for the double vanity, Stacy opted for extra-deep lower cabinetry which could house everything from cleaning supplies to spare towels.
A Soft Blue Glow
By opting for frosted-glass sliding doors, Stacy not only added privacy between the master bathroom and bedroom, but she also allowed the natural light to be diffused as it enters the bathroom, creating a soft glow on the robin’s-egg blue walls.