Modern Master Bathroom, Glenview, Illinois

Clean lines and sleek, brushed metal cabinet fronts give this master bath the modern/contemporary look my clients envisioned. Because they didn’t want to expand the space, I preserved the footprint while enlarging the shower compartment somewhat for a more luxurious experience. Abundant, smart storage solutions were a must-have for these clients, who prefer a clutter-free environment. I selected his-and-hers vanities for this husband and wife with nine storage drawers each. That provides ample space for towels, toiletries, shavers, blow dryers and other bathroom basics. Organizational solutions are an important aspect of what I do for clients. After all, function is as important as form. Seen together, the his-and-hers vanities are almost a mirror image, but not quite. Hers has a makeup area with an ottoman below and a hard-wired, magnifying makeup mirror above. My client can extend the mirror 12 inches for close-up work, and she has a convenient drawer for makeup supplies. As contrast for the darker quartz counter top on the vanities, I chose warm grey, brushed metal cabinet fronts and a mirror framed in soft grey metal, which references the vanity. Artistic accents are one of my signature design elements. For the rectangular, under-mount sinks, I added grey glass handles to the polished chrome faucets for that artsy touch. The angular sinks and squared-off faucet handles underscore the clean-lined look of this modern space. Plus, the vanity drawers have built-in pulls rather than knobs or handles, resulting in a sleek profile. Also on my clients’ wish list – high-tech plumbing features such as a tub with massage system, whirlpool and chromatherapy. Chromatherapy is the use of colored lights in a bath or shower. Combining that with hydrotherapy, such as the massage system I selected, can make a bath especially soothing. To spotlight the sharp edges and angles of the tub front, I chose two shades of grey – a lighter tone for the brushed metal panels and a slightly darker hue for the framing. The mirror-like image of the panels reflect the bathroom by day and sparkle by night when the lights are on. For the color palette, my clients and I agreed on a sophisticated mix of greys, creams, taupes and black that is neutral yet bold and energizing, particularly in the shower. The artistic mix of colors and sizes of the stone plank shower walls enliven the entire bathroom and make the shower a focal point. For safety, I always recommend a small mosaic tile for the shower floor, as in this master bath. The more grout lines there are, the less slippery the flooring. As a certified GREEENleader with the national Sustainable Furnishings Council, sensible, eco-friendly design solutions are important to me as well. For this space I chose a shower head that helps conserve water in the average home by at least 20 percent, and LED light fixtures. To ensure proper illumination, I included a series of can lights in the ceiling as well as two pairs of polished chrome sconces flanking each mirror.