A library style bathroom has custom cabinetry with interesting, formal details in an unusual spot.
Creating a library style bathroom based on highly detailed, built-in wood cabinets – elements usually be found in a library — is interesting and luxurious. Conceptually it moves beyond using an antique piece as a sink cabinet because it establishes an architectural style for a room normally lacking one.
Floor to ceiling woodwork in this master bath is fit to the wall deftly resolving, enclosing and framing a dramatic sink arrangement. New York designer Robert Passal chose java-colored woodwork to add a welcome masculinity while the splashy Venetian mirror, installed in a slightly recessed niche over the sink, beckons to Madame.
Looking closely, the cleverness of the design is revealed: a cabinet-on-chest idea creates a pair of shallow his-and-her glass-door “medicine” cabinets backed by shirred curtains on each side of the sink niche. It’s rare to see gathered curtains concealing the contents of glass-door cabinets, particularly in a bath. The recess in the niche accommodates the necessary lighting above, and to the sides, of the mirror. Panels above the cabinets finish them beautifully right up to the crown molding.
The “coffee and cream” color scheme works consistenty through the marble chosen for the counters and floor, as well as for the walls. Small refinements, such as the low marble backsplash below the mirror, slightly bumped out sink base, and an elegant ogee edge on the sink deck contribute to the polished elegance.
(Source: Robert Passal)
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