Over the next few weeks we are going to introduce you to a project we have been working on since early 2016. ‘Villa Blanca,’ as the homeowner so appropriately called her ‘dream home,’ is truly the perfect name for this project.
The young couple wanted their newly purchased home to reflect their modern style. They wanted their home to be light and bright, casual and sophisticated, and “California” cool. They also wanted to be sure that their home fit their lifestyle now, but would also transition with them as they start a family in next few years.
We worked on many of the main spaces of the home since the beginning of the renovation, including the homeowner’s master bath. We think its light & airy transformation is the most suitable way to kick off our Villa Blanca blog series. We hope you enjoy!
The home’s master bathroom suite was outdated with the taupe tile, beige walls, and honey stained cabinetry.
The long vanity for his and her sinks was divided by a large cabinet and niche. The bulky cabinet dwarfed the room and took away the open and airy feeling the homeowners wanted for their master bath.
The bathroom is now a sophisticated retreat! To freshen up the space, we brightened it with new paint, cabinet finishes, tile, plumbing, and more. We also added pretty accents to give the space a cozy, inviting feeling.
We painted the walls in Benjamin Moore Spanish White. It provides enough brightness and contrast against the chrome and white marble elements. The trim and ceiling are painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove.
White Dove is one of our favorite whites because it is a livable and clean paint hue. It has soft undertones that keep a space timeless and interesting. Using the same white paint on the trim and ceiling is a useful visual trick to visually elongate a room. The master suite now looks tall and grand.
In the renovation, we removed the vertical built-in and arched niche to make the master bath feel more open and spacious. The built-ins were replaced by a much more suitable vanity area for the ‘lady’ of Villa Blanca.
The new vanity was upgraded to an eased edge marble counter with matching backsplash. The existing honey stained cabinets were replaced with custom cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore Northern Cliffs Taupe. We added the classic shaker style front to the custom cabinets and brushed satin nickel hardware for a timeless look.
For a seamless flow, we selected chrome finishes for all of the plumbing and bathroom fixtures, and white marble in varying forms for the countertops and tile. Selecting a base of similar finishes gives the young homeowners a classic design and flexibility to update their space with new decor if their style evolves.
For consistency, we installed light fixtures in the same or similar finish. The vanity sconces have a frosted glass and chrome detail for a modern edge. Opt for sconces versus overhead lighting when you have the option. Sconces provide a more flattering light!
A large nickel-plated wire chandelier above the tub gives a youthful glamour to the bath area.
For her dream bathroom the homeowner also wanted to incorporate a beautiful, modern freestanding tub into the design. Her new tub is a chic upgrade and the focal point of the space.
The sleek tub is bordered with large format marble tiles. The marble tiles are laid horizontally for a polished feel. For another special detail, we capped the large wall tile with a chair rail. It adds a nice, finished edge to the space.
The large format marble tiles on the tub wall were extended into the interior and exterior of the shower. The natural movement and veining of the marble is simply elegant.
The shower also had to be upgraded to fit the open design aesthetic of the master bath. A frameless glass enclosure and chrome details keep the master bathroom feeling fresh and modern.
Large tiles are not the safest option for bathroom flooring, especially in a shower. Therefore, we opted for small hexagonal marble tiles as the flooring throughout the master bath, including the shower. Smaller tiles have better grip than their larger counterparts, simply because they have so many grout lines. Smaller tile and grout keep the floor from getting too slippery, especially when wet.
Fresh paint, new tile, and bath fixtures transformed this master bathroom. With such a clean look, we knew warm accents and textures would make the serene space feel like home.
We incorporated a beautiful vintage runner to lay across the master bathroom floor for a real style statement. The oushak style rug has a lovely mix of blush and apricot for a pop of color. We love the contrast of it against the marble tile.
We framed the window above the freestanding tub with natural shades to add even more texture and warmth to the space. The pale pink art gives another pretty color moment to the space.
A small round nickel table and a classic blue chinoiserie garden stool are stylish accents for the master bath. They beautifully display carefully styled bath-time essentials.
Next we will tour the kitchen of Villa Blanca! It is just as fabulous of a transformation!