The old-fashioned bathroom made a comeback two decades ago; such early-20th-century standards as pedestal sinks, white tile, beaded-board wainscot, hexagon mosaic floors, and ca. 1920 light fixtures are readily available. Bathrooms thus outfitted seem to fit into houses of any age and style. A second popular approach has been the Craftsman bathroom, another hundred-year revival, today featuring slate and oak, art-tile accents, and brass Mission sconces.
Through all of this, of course, fixtures with classical lines have never gone out of style. Indeed, a beautiful trend is toward the formal, neoclassical bathroom. These bathrooms designed by Visbeen Associates, Architects, make an illustrative pair: the first is rather European and luxuriously old-fashioned with stylish painted vanities; the next is coolly classical.
Two Creeks is an English manor in an updated Tudor style, with stonework and steep rooflines. Ceilings are interesting throughout the house; a vaulted one in the master bedroom carries into the master bath. It has a softly glowing (and mildew resistant) specialty finish by paint decorator Diane Hasso, who created the multi-step troweled finish with an “embedded” texture that can someday be easily repainted.
Ingleside is an Arts & Crafts-inspired house with elements of the Shingle Style. The interior is transitional, with a classical hall and kitchen and raised-panel wainscots and a Craftsman-inspired home office. The neoclassical bathroom is given elegant proportions with a wainscot of marble ashlar tiles finished with a Greek fret design. Matching porcelain sinks on legs symmetrically flank a doorway on the long wall opposite the bathtub. The tall cabinet is capped with a graceful cornice.
ArchitectVisbeen Associates, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI
Floor tileAnn Sacks
Shower tileWalker Zanger
Tub and sinksWaterworks
Lighting Fine Art Lamps
Custom hardware US10B & Co. Fine Hardware, Ada, MI
Cabinets Jeff Segard, Grand Concept Homes
Ceiling finish Diane Hasso, Faux-Real LLC
Custom curtains Donna Cohen Interiors, Grand Rapids, MI
Carrara marble floor and wainscot tiles Virginia Tile
Tile accentsWalker Zanger‘Adelphi’ Greek key and chair-rail molding ‘Mercer’ from the Tribeca Series
FaucetsKohler K6811-3 brushed nickel finish
Hardware Hickory Hardware Period Brass
Custom cabinets Visbeen Associates
Paint Benjamin Moore ‘Silver Half Dollar‘ 2121-40