Bold Statement

Case Design overhauls a dull bath with vibrant colors and textures

In an age when gray and white bathrooms are all the rage, Arlington clients asked Case Design to saturate theirs with color. As part of a major overhaul of a 1950s rambler, designers Allie Mann and Elle Hunter expanded both the tiny master bath used by the husband and an outdated hall bath (pictured on these pages) that’s the domain of the wife.

“She is a color enthusiast and we wanted something that spoke to her,” says Mann. Texture, balance and scale also came into play as Mann and Hunter created a refuge for this well-traveled client, who collects art from around the globe. The designers widened the space by two feet to accommodate a generous vanity and linen cabinet; a sizable shower took the place of a tub and a new toilet is tucked away opposite the vanity.

At first glance, the combination of glossy-blue ceramic tile, matte-cement floor tile in a geometric motif, and a vanity in richly veined teak might appear haphazard—though it was anything but. Says Mann, “We went through countless iterations, honing in on that blue with different ceramics and layering textures and warm and cool tones. It took time to make the tiles work together.” Though initial plans called for the blue tiles to be installed on a diagonal, she recalls, “at the eleventh hour we decided that a vertical grid would really make the space. The accent wall ties everything together.”

For the benefit of like-minded color enthusiasts, Mann insists, “Don’t be afraid to go for it. It’s nice when someone wants to step outside the box.”

Floor Tile: Wall Tile: Shower Floor Tile & Source: Vanity: Countertop: Sink & Shower Fixtures: through Sink: through Sconces: through Glass Enclosure: Vanity Hardware: Stool:

Interior & Bath Design: Allie Mann and Elle Hunter, Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Washington, DC. Contractor: Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.