A Traditional Country Bath
A clever arrangement makes a large space inviting.
Synopsis: Designer Mitra Urich’s challenge was to renovate an unusually large bathroom so that occupants wouldn’t feel so exposed. Her solution was to place a vanity and a suspended mirror perpendicular to the exterior wall, thereby dividing this large, French-country-style bathroom into distinct and comfortable spaces.
Part of a renovation of a Vermont house, this bathroom reflects the homeowner’s desire for a clean, open look that continues the architectural language from the rest of the house.
Even though the bathroom is unusually large, numerous windows, the shower, and the door didn’t leave wall space to accommodate a vanity. Additionally, the size of the space left anyone using the bath feeling exposed. The designer, Mitra Urich, solved both problems by placing the vanity and a suspended mirror perpendicular to the exterior wall to separate the workaday functions of shower, toilet, and vanity from the soaking tub.
Textures organize and set a tone
Mitra also used textures to define spaces. An example is the floor tile, which divides the room in half. Along the entry wall, a “rug” of large, reflective porcelain tile creates a more formal setting for several of the owner’s antiques. Smaller, 4×4 tile fills the rest of the bath, distinguishing the space and providing a less slippery surface near the soaking tub.
Texture also differentiates wall spaces. A three-quarter-height wainscot unites the front half of the room, while painted drywall along two interior walls creates a canvas for the owner’s period furniture. The simple color palette consists of a white ceiling that brightens the room, and gold-tone walls that repeat highlights in some of the furniture.
The detailing drawn from elsewhere in the house lends an air of relaxed formality. The contractor, Chris Conner, brought Mitra’s design to life using locally sourced custom cabinets and millwork of painted poplar.
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