Deborah Kalkstein updated a master bath with an oversized shower and frosted-glass windows.
In the renovated powder room, all of the porcelain tile was from Stone Source.
All vanities, sinks and fixtures were sourced through Contemporaria.

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Designer Deborah Kalkstein of Contemporaria imparts modern style to the baths in a Bethesda home

Over the years, designer Deborah Kalkstein of Contemporaria helped a couple create modern interiors throughout their Bethesda home. But their master bath and powder room, sporting outdated cabinetry and fixtures, lagged about 20 years behind. Recently, the owners tasked Kalkstein with renovating both bathrooms and creating a clean-lined, serene aesthetic that would reflect the rest of their house. 

In the spacious master bath, they removed an existing tub to make way for an oversized shower with a built-in bench and frosted glass windows that admit light while maintaining privacy. Frameless glass doors, a floating double vanity by Idea Group and recessed lighting maintain a minimal profile. 

Kalkstein selected a palette of rich gray porcelain tile for both bathrooms, mixing up textures and formats for interest. In the master bath, a Caesarstone countertop with a pebble texture plays off the darker materials. The vanity fronts are gray-stained oak. His-and-her vessel sinks flank a make-up mirror, inset with “warm” fluorescents that emulate natural light.

At the client’s request, the master bath was constructed to be wheelchair accessible in case their needs change, “but you would never know it, design-wise,” says Kalkstein. 

She jazzed up the powder room with angled mirrors to add a sense of depth in the small space. The boldly geometric sink by Marike is suspended like a sculpture, and accessories by Boffi complement the modern design. The porcelain wall tiles’ subtle horizontal texture “helps elongate the space,” Kalkstein says. “Even though it’s a hard material, it still feels soft and organic.”

BATH DESIGN: DEBORAH KALKSTEIN, Contemporaria, Washington, DC.