Room Tour: An Elegant En Suite Bathroom With a Luxe Vanity Unit
A spacious walk-in shower and a bespoke vanity unit gave this en suite the indulgent feel the owners were looking for
Who lives here? A family with two young children
Location Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Property A detached 1920s Arts and Crafts house
Bathroom dimensions 3.1m x 2.5m
Designer Clare Altarafi of Clare Elise Interiors
Photos by Chris Snook
Clare has been helping the owners of this house to renovate it gradually over time. When it came to the master suite on the first floor, they wanted her to give the bathroom a luxe feel and make it function better, asking for twin basins in particular.
Originally, the dressing room (from which this photo was taken) and the bathroom were part of one long space.
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The owner wanted the look to be warm and feminine, but with an industrial edge, and the metal-framed sliding door with reeded glass helps to create that vibe.
There’s also a subtle pink theme running throughout the house, so Clare wanted to bring that in, too. “We used pink on the walls in here, just in case, further down the line, [the owner] goes off it; it’s an easy thing to change,” she explains.
Sliding door, Direct Doors. Pink velvet stool, House of Isabella. Walls painted in Dorchester Pink Mid, Little Greene.
“[The owner] really likes geometrics, so I’ve brought some in through the tiles,” she continues. “Where there’s space, I like to use at least three kinds of tile – a wall tile, a floor tile and a shower enclosure tile. It gives each area a bit of differentiation.”
The white wall tiles are slightly fluted. “I wanted to give the walls a bit of texture to help the room feel more luxe,” Clare says. “There’s quite a lot of wall space, so I didn’t want it to feel flat and stark.”
Natural linen blind fabric, Warwick.
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Clare has included the requested double basins, and she was also asked to incorporate a dressing table. Three mirrors delineate the areas and also help to magnify the light in the room. “Arts and Crafts windows tend to be quite small,” she says.
Blue is the client’s favourite colour and the vanity unit adds a swathe of a warm, mid shade. “The blue is a really lovely tone. It has grey in it, which picks up on the shower and floor tiles,” Clare says. The countertop is marble-look quartz.
Colmar wall lamps in antique brass, RV Astley. Vanity unit painted in Juniper Ash, Little Greene. Mirrors, La Redoute.
The shower screen is reeded glass, which echoes the subtle fluting on the wall tiles.
Floor tiles, CTD Tiles.
Both the vanity unit and the toilet are raised off the floor for a clean, spacious feel. As Clare says, “Being able to see the expanse of floor from corner to corner celebrates the lovely floor tiles.”
What do you like about how Clare has designed this elegant bathroom? Share your thoughts in the Comments.