Image: Alex Lukey | Design: Shirley Meisels | Styling: Ann Marie Favot
In this Toronto ensuite, designer Shirley Meisels creates an elegant escape with a clever combination of materials.
With a bathroom like this, who needs to go to a spa? “We wanted the space to feel serene and soothing, like a calm getaway,” says designer Shirley Meisels, who achieved a tranquil vibe with a white and grey palette, as well as masterfully layered details. For a pampering experience, all these homeowners need to do is dim the lights, spark some candles and slip into the luxurious tub. Here's what Meisels incorporated into the space to achieve the look.
1. A vanity with attitude and attention-stealing tiled floors
To give it dimension, the custom vanity was fitted with strips of wood before being sprayed a soft grey. Deep drawers provide plenty of room for stowing bathing necessities, while the floating design keeps all eyes on the star of the show: the Moorish marble-tiled floors.
2. Silver accents
Against the subtly wavy white subway tiles on the wall, this silver tray stands out. “Finishing touches are essential,” says Shirley. “Without them, the space feels very white and grey and bereft of warmth.”
3. Sheer curtains
Flowing floor-length sheer drapes with horizontal burnout stripes provide elegance and frame the light filtering into this stylish second-floor space. “We didn’t want to mask the vista of the gorgeous tree,” explains Shirley.
4. A tub for reflecting
The sleek reflective finish on the exterior of the shapely free-standing bathtub multiplies the vintage character and subdued drama of the wow-worthy flooring. The designer chose streamlined polished chrome hardware to continue the mirrored theme.
5. A side table that doubles as a piece of art
The spectacular side table has the look of luxurious solid marble but is actually made of resin and fibreglass. “It’s a great architectural element that is both practical and beautiful,” says Shirley, noting that it can also be used as a stool when needed. Aesthetically, it serves as a powerful contrast to the gleaming tub (you wouldn’t get the same effect with a matchy-matchy mirrored table, for instance).
6. Simple Pleasures
Everyone loves to feel pampered, and this tabletop tray bearing a bar of rich organic soap and a bijou bud vase is primed to deliver. “The details add another element, a layer to make the space cozy and lived in,” says Shirley of this indulgent detail.