Creating the ultimate luxe look in bathroom design
A minimalist, luxury bathroom is all very well, but it can sometimes feel a bit stark. It can be a place of straight lines and hard edges, lacking in warmth and tactile appeal. So how do you introduce a softer feel, while still maintaining that high end look? In the case of Roselind Wilson Design’s scheme for their discerning clients in St John’s Wood, it was all about embracing the curve.
“The clients wanted something really special for their master bathroom – a delicate balance between functionality and aesthetics,” says Roselind Wilson, Owner and Creative Director of Roselind Wilson Design. “They requested a relaxing space, but they didn’t want to compromise on style. By introducing gentle, organic curves via the walls, bath and lighting, we created a soft, welcoming space which is still highly sophisticated.”
The starting point for this bathroom was to introduce curves to create softness and interest. The first-floor bathroom was large with plenty of natural light, but Roselind felt that the shape of the room could be improved upon. And so she created curved walls on either side of the large sash window to frame the bath. The oval bath, which mimics the curve of the walls, was then positioned under the window to make the most of the view. This then led to the decision to create an elliptical coffered ceiling above the bath to tie in with its curved shape.
“The other key aspect with this bathroom was to meet the client’s specific request to achieve a balance between aesthetics and functionality,” says Roselind. “They wanted a really functional bathroom – a powerful shower, a comfortable bath – but they were also very specific about materials. They wanted a super luxe look, but with only a minimal amount of marble because of how high maintenance it can be. So we opted for large porcelain tiles for the walls, a composite for the vanity unit and a highly polished, durable marble for the floor.”
Lighting is key to the success of any luxury bathroom scheme, and Roselind Wilson Design’s St John’s Wood project is no exception. The distinctive, coffered ceiling is central to the design of this bathroom. An elliptical shape was chosen to echo the curves of the bath and the walls, and the fluted edges mirror the fluting found in the architectural details throughout this grand Victorian property. A contemporary design feature making a clear nod to the past.
“We embedded LED lighting inside the coffered ceiling which casts a gentle wash of light over the fluted edges of the coffer,” explains Roselind. “We always pay very close attention to the colour of our lighting schemes, so for this installation we opted for 2700 Kelvin which gives a lovely, warm glow. This bespoke light feature creates a relaxing ambience in which to unwind in the bath.”
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL
Attention to detail is one of the attributes which epitomises the team’s approach at Roselind Wilson Design. Every aspect of every scheme is meticulously planned, and sometimes it’s the smallest of touches which can lift a design from impressive to extraordinary.
In the case of this elegant bathroom in St John’s Wood, brass and bronze detailing around the room gives the space a contemporary feel. Elegant strips of bronze have been placed where the large porcelain wall tiles meet the curved wall, and bronze has also been used for the mirror surround and for the legs of the vanity unit. To complement these details, Roselind selected light fittings made from brass and glass to flank the large mirror.
So what was the biggest challenge the team faced with this ambitious project? “Without doubt, it was trying to get the enormous 3 metre by 1.5 metre porcelain tiles into the first floor of the property!” says Roselind. “We ended up lifting them in through the window of the adjoining dressing room with the help of a cherry picker. A successful solution and fantastic result as the tiles look absolutely stunning up on the wall.”
The clients couldn’t agree more. They were absolutely thrilled with their new bathroom which gave them exactly what they’d asked for – an elegant but functional room in which they could relax and unwind. “They particularly loved the detail in the coffered ceiling and the bronze inlay on the walls,” says Roselind.