Arts & Crafts Revival Bath

The master bath was enlarged and re-imagined for an existing Shingle Style house.
Arts & Crafts-era bathroom

Spacious yet intimate, symmetrical without being formal, the revival bathroom shows a restrained use of Arts & Crafts-era design and motifs.

Inspired by the rest of the Shingle Style house, this new, Arts & Crafts revival bathroom features a beadboard wainscot, period wall treatments and mouldings, fine lighting fixtures, and furniture-like sink vanities. The Arts & Crafts pendant frieze visually lowers the vaulted ceiling. Windows reflect those used in the Queen Anne and bungalow eras.

Like others by the Chicago architecture firm Greene & Proppe Design, this bathroom has a furnished quality. Each of their designs for renovated bathrooms reflects the house it is in; none is a generic subway-tile bath. Underlying the design sense is a simple layout and the use of such traditional materials as wood, porcelain, stone, and ceramics. Often there is a mix of built-in and freestanding furniture.

It was the bathtub that most inspired the renovation (which included added space). The bathing room has simple cherry-wood vanities flanking the tub in a symmetrical arrangement. Painted beadboard wainscoting and the paper frieze have a turn-of-the-20th-century look. A separate toilet room provides privacy; shower walls are lined in tumbled marble mosaics. The flooring is limestone tile; countertops, too, are made of limestone.

Simple lighting fixtures are a break from Mission-style sconces. The chandelier is a blown-glass bowl hanging from wrought iron arms. Decorative blown-glass iron sconces flank each wood-framed vanity mirror.

A complementary color scheme suggested by the frieze balances the clear-finished wood in the room. With the light stone flooring, the room delivers a brightened, modern take on the Arts & Crafts palette. 

The vaulted ceiling in this up-stairs master bath is a wonderful amenity—and the pendant frieze framed in wood battens visually brings it down, creating a pleasing scale in the room.

Iron fixtures are traditional and timeless—but not deliberately Craftsman in style, and not too matchy-matchy. Curves in the sconces relieve the linear mouldings.

Beaded-board wainscots and ceilings were a late-Victorian and early-20th-century convention used in service areas including kitchens and baths, back halls and porches. A painted finish lightens the look. 

A variation on the long counter with double sinks, this symmetrical arrangement allows more personal space. Cabinets bridge Shaker and Craftsman styles; feet make them more like furniture than bulky built-ins.  

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‘Simple Lines’ sconce from Hubbardton Forge

‘Simple Lines’ sconce from Hubbardton Forge.

Basic and traditional, this is the ‘Simple Lines’ sconce from Hubbardton Forge. Forged in wrought iron by artisans in Vermont, with 8 finish options and 3 glass options. About 9" tall with a 7" projection, rated indoor damp.

Bradbury’s Arts & Crafts ‘Oakleaf Frieze’

Bradbury’s Arts & Crafts ‘Oakleaf Frieze’, shown in Natural.

Shown in the room is Bradbury’s popular Arts & Crafts ‘Oakleaf Frieze’, shown at left in Natural. The pendants are 15" high and the frieze may be trimmed to fit 16"–27" deep. Other A&C friezes in the collections.

Kohler’s ‘Vintage’ 72" x 42" freestanding cast-iron tub

Kohler’s ‘Vintage’ 72" x 42" freestanding cast-iron tub.

Ah, a comfortable rolled rim and easy-to-clean pedestal base distinguish Kohler’s ‘Vintage’ 72" x 42" freestanding cast-iron tub. Available in white and four light neutrals; slip-resistant enameled interior finish.

Signature Hardware’s ‘Kipley’ vanity

Signature Hardware’s ‘Kipley’ vanity.

Signature Hardware’s ‘Kipley’ vanity for a rectangular under-mount sink is similar to the custom vanities in the revival bathroom. This model is 48" wide for a single basin; cherry finish. Options for stone counter and sinks, extra.

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