The problem? A dark, cramped bathroom that felt like a “cave,” with little or no natural light and inconvenient use of space — and a couple who wanted a new bathroom with a catch: black was to be the dominant color. Royston Wilson Design goes on to say the design brief indicated a “modern, exciting, and luxurious bathroom space…stylish, with a modern edge,” — and ideally, large enough for two. But how to create all those things within a small room that included an air-intake vent with a location that made moving fixtures almost impossible? The answer began with an enlarged window, dramatic black reflective tiles, and lots of mirroring to multiply natural light. More lighting comes from a mirrored ball and LED strips under the top of the vanity and on either side of a mirror.
One reflective element, a recessed cabinet, appears to be only decorative until it’s opened. But in it, you’ll find storage shelves and a mirrored door that enables the clients to see all the way around their heads when styling hair — something that’s almost impossible even in a large bathroom. As for the cumbersome air intake? It’s now under the floor where the vanity sits, which opens up space considerably. Clean, straight lines on sinks and bathtub and the angled glass divider for the shower also all help visually expand the space — and all the areas have room for two. Perhaps the most striking feature of this bathroom, however, is the mosaic “Bonaparte,” a touch of art that that separates this project from any ordinary bathroom — giving it, in the end, what one site calls “a WOW factor.”