Luxury Bathrooms for Every Design Style
December 22, 2023
Three designers create primary baths with soul, finding inspiration in very different eras and styles.
Text by Marni Elyse Katz
When interior designer Cecilia Casagrande proposed an unexpected color combination—luscious plum and two sylvan shades of green—her clients swooned. Casagrande, who was tasked with turning the neglected third floor of her clients’ Brookline, Massachusetts, Victorian into a primary suite with a luxurious bath, had her starting point.
Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke unites the walls and angled ceiling while echoing the canopy of the leafy neighborhood. Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green defines the window and baseboards and anchors the existing vintage clawfoot tub under the slanted ceiling while preserving the room’s original art deco vibe. The walk-in shower’s glossy hand-glazed ceramic tiles sport a plum tone that perfectly matches the vanity’s Farrow & Ball Brinjal paint.
On the floor, honed white marble tiles with lively purple and black veining, along with a mix of green, purple, white, and cream mosaic tiles in the shower, infuse more Old World feel. “The effect is very Italian artsy,” the designer says. “It’s like an old Italian villa.”
Interior design and builder: Casagrande Studio
Photography: Sean Litchfield
“Sometimes having too much space can be as hard to navigate as not having enough,” designer Sarah Scales says. Her solution for this vast primary bath situated over a multi-car garage in Milton, Massachusetts? Adding architecture that highlights the room’s key features. A robin’s egg blue vanity nestles under a fanciful arch. That the enclave is lined with Carrara marble offers a sense of semiprecious mystery, like finding a pearl in an oyster shell. By extending that same wall to the window, Scales created privacy for the toilet, which was out in the open before.
Drapery with delicate embroidery softens oversized windows and sets off the modern tub, where a plush armchair both cozies up that corner and lends a spa-like feel. Built-in storage supplies a second touch of robin’s egg blue and obscures the burgeoning pitch of the ceiling.
Finally, the walk-in shower lies beyond another arch. Here, the sloped ceiling and cloud-like tiles beckon one to enter the steamy escape. “I love the idea of a portal in a traditional home,” Scales says. “It echoes classic architecture.”
Although this primary bath is graced with only one window, its connection to the outdoors is its most defining feature. “The design marries the home’s midcentury modern architecture with the nostalgia and natural environment of Sebago Lake,” designer Tyler Karu says. Karu, who reimagined the interiors of this 1969 lakefront home in Maine for a Boston family who uses it for summer and wintertime fun, took inspiration from both the site and the style of the home.
Handmade cement tiles, their skinny two-by-eight-inch profile and stacked installation channeling the midcentury era, line every wall. The tiles’ moody green-meets-blue hue suffuses the space, cocooning occupants in the colors of the outdoors, while their matte finish accentuates the kinship with nature’s raw beauty. So does the soapstone countertop and shower trim. “I didn’t want contrast,” Karu explains. “This from-the-earth element keeps it in the mood.” The vanity’s cherry wood, a lake house-inspired species that complements the tile, furthers the vibe.