The clean-lined, modern bath boasts a fully enclosed steam shower and porcelain tile floors.
A wall of white cabinets is topped with Carrara marble counters.

Bathing Beauties: Soothing Retreat

Nadia Subaran devises a smart new look and layout for her client's bathroom

Bathing Beauties: Soothing Retreat Designer Nadia Subaran had plenty of space to work with in a master bathroom when a Bethesda couple hired her to renovate it. But though it was generous in size, there was “a ton of dead space” in the room. The tub, tucked in a corner, felt “isolated,” she recalls, “so we decided to do some repositioning.”

Subaran devised a new layout, making the space more efficient and honing in on a sleek, contemporary look that would reflect her clients’ Mid-Century Modern home. She pulled the tub out of the corner and anchored it with open, built-in shelves. Above the tub, she designed a wall of random-width staggered tile. 

In the corner where the tub once was, Subaran installed a large, glass-enclosed steam shower—a priority for the husband, who has back problems—and a marble mosaic floor. The new configuration allowed enough space for a separate WC as well as a built-in bench with drawers. Above the bench, Subaran hung a colorful piece of her client’s art. 

Along the vanity wall, Subaran replaced one small window with two larger windows overlooking the woods outside. A wide span of white cabinets boasts a pair of sinks and a Carrara marble top. A backsplash of pale blue-green glass tile, as well as modern sconces by Alico, create the modern vibe her clients were after. “They liked the idea of a spa feel,” Subaran explains. “That pale blue-green glass tile seemed really soothing and restful.” 

The designer stuck to her clients’ budget by sourcing a well-priced porcelain tile floor, repurposing their existing tub into a new surround and using the more expensive glass tiles sparingly. As she concludes, “We had free rein in the space, and we made the most of it.”

BATH DESIGN: NADIA SUBARAN, Aidan Design, Bethesda, Maryland. 

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