Image: Tracey Ayton
Bold black walls, sculptural brass accents, bordered floor and varied tile treatments make this bathroom an ultra-chic space.
With green granite countertops and white cabinetry that had turned peachy-cream over time, this master bath was in desperate need of an overhaul. “It was like the 1980s called and wanted their bathroom back!” says designer Chrissy Cottrell. Part of a complete condo renovation in Vancouver’s Yaletown area, the bathroom was given a dramatic elegant vibe that blended with the rest of the Hollywood Regency-inspired space. Contrasting the room’s white elements with a black envelope creates striking drama, while brass-hued faucets and fixtures enhance the richness of the space and pay homage to the home’s glamorous old L.A. feel.
The Calacatta marble floor with black granite inlay is the elegant nod to Old Hollywood that designer Chrissy Cottrell was looking for. “Black and white bathrooms aren’t uncommon, because they are incredibly classic,” she says. “So I wanted to bring this one up a notch by adding an extra punch.” The rich black walls make the floor pop and let the inlay detail really shine.
The bathroom’s unusual footprint presented some challenges. “It’s like a rectangle with a corner cut off,” says Chrissy. “I usually like to have two sinks in an ensuite, but we didn’t have the space for that.” Instead, the designer created an elegant vanity with recessed cabinets highlighted by geometric brass pulls and a sleek marble countertop that matches the floors. The wall-mounted faucet and simple cylindrical sconces are integrated into a counter-to-ceiling mirror. “I wanted the vanity and mirror to look like one cohesive unit,” she says.
A typical tub and shower combo was ripped out and updated with a stand-alone shower featuring classic dark-grouted ceramic subway tiles and a mosaic marble tile floor. Brushed champagne bronze fixtures complement the room’s luxe look, and a built-in bench clad with a marble top, adds functionality. “Every shower should have a bench,” says Chrissy. “Who wants to shave their legs standing up?!”