Photos by Jane Beiles
A long, narrow master bath gets a luxurious overhaul.
Designer: Lorraine Levinson, Lorraine Levinson Interior Design
Architect: Steven Secon, Steven Secon Architects
The Project: The master bathroom in this Nantucket-style Colonial in Rye was expanded during a whole-home renovation.
Inspiration: “The homeowners have six children, so I wanted their master bathroom to feel like relaxing hammam-meets-luxury hotel suite yet be able to withstand the splashing when their youngest gets the occasional treat of bathing in Mom and Dad’s tub!” says designer Lorraine Levinson.
Challenge: The inspiration and the challenge for this master bathroom was the shape. While generous overall, the space was long and not very wide. The toilet, shower, and tub were lined up on one side, with a long vanity wall on the other. There wasn’t room to create a typical focal point. “I emphasized the length of the room by creating a tile ‘stripe’ that went from the entrance all along the floor and continued straight up the wall,” says Levinson. “While all the tiles are the same material, the tile that makes the stripe is a double chevron that creates a zig-zag effect, subtly directing your eye to the far end of the bathroom.”
Materials: “I recommended using the same stone tile in different sizes and shapes, and we looked at a number of different marble options,” says Levinson. “We all loved the movement and warmth of Calacatta marble, with its creamy tones and warm, gray veining. Planning the placement of each tile was vital to a successful result, so I previewed each tile to make sure it worked with the pattern and color in adjacent tiles. The result is balanced and classic, but you feel the luxury and excitement of this beautiful and unique material.”
Favorite Part: Calacatta marble in a chevron pattern. “What’s not to like!” says Levinson.
What the Homeowners Love: “The homeowners love a classic, understated home that feels warm and welcoming but fresh,” adds Levinson.