Bathed in Light

Second Place: Large Bath

The first move designer Paul Bentham made in this bathroom remodel was to tear out a lowered ceiling and its fluorescent fixtures that blocked the room’s vaulted skylights—brightening the mood considerably. By ditching a bathtub the owners rarely used, Bentham was able to install floating vanities that face one another. He also added frosted-glass panels to screen the water closet and shower.

“The client wanted to create a calming, spa-like feel with warm wood tones and no jarring or stark color combinations,” explains the designer. Nara beige ceramic wall tiles by Porcelanosa, he adds, “have a wave texture dragging through them to create a beautiful, calming movement.” And concrete-like ceramic floor tile, also from Porcelanosa, complements the stronger taupe of the walls and the darker wood cabinetry.

Bath Design: Paul Bentham, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Contractor: Mike Thornton & Sons, Woodbine, Maryland. Stylist: Charlotte Safavi. 

THE DETAILS   Vanities: premiercb.com. Medicine Cabinets: robern.com. Countertops: caesarstoneus.com. Sconces: techlighting.comSink, Faucets & Toilet: kohler.comShower Fixtures: grohe.com/us. Towel Bars: graff-faucets.comFloor & Shower Tile: porcelanosa-usa.com.