Interior Design Ideas: A Case Where Removing Windows Improved the Bathroom

To make room for dual sinks and a walk-in shower in this tub, the designer removed a whirlpool tub and made the window smaller.Tamara Flanagan

Guests of Desiree Burns, a young family who moved to Dover from the city, didn’t need the bulky whirlpool tub in the master bathroom. However, they wanted a walk-in shower and double sinks, not to mention a crisp, clean feel. Simply removing the tub would not be enough; to make room for two vanities, Burns had to contend with the room’s giant Palladian window. By getting rid of the two side components of the window and highlighting the central arched part with a bench below, the designer achieved his goals.

1 Meet the customer’s request for a pleasure stage, Burns came up with tiles with a bold, black and white pattern. “She was all about it, but he thought it was too busy,” Burns says. “This classic polished marble geometric floral mosaic is a happy medium.”

2 Burns worked with Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops to configure the semi-custom White Oak cabinetmaking with Shaker-style details in a whitewashed finish. Now husband and wife have their own sink and ample storage space.

3 Half Moon drawer Inspire Hardware handles echo the lines of the window and mirrors. “Curvature brings a nice contrast to square cabinets,” says Burn. porcelain plumbing fixtures levers coordinate with sconces.

4 Top of the vault mirrors with golden metal frames reinforce the architecture and create a nice rhythm.

5 White bistro style globe sconces with frosted globes, a fresh look against white walls. “I love anything white in the bath,” Burns says. “I haven’t convinced anyone to do a white faucet yet, but these customers were good with white lighting.”

6 “When I came up with the idea of ​​adding a bench under the central window with vanities on either side, it was getting stuck,” Burns says. “Everything fell around that.”


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