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An all-white bathroom can be just as visually arresting as a more colorful room, but the drama is in the detailing, materials and textures.

The owners of this house each have their own bathroom, but it was the feminine one that needed the most attention, says architect Bruce Wentworth.

"It was probably 10-15 years since the room was last remodeled, and the materials used at that time were relatively inexpensive," the designer says. "At that time, it was also designed for two people, and that functionality was no longer required."

Wentworth says the owner wanted a white bathroom and she wanted it to feel feminine. There needed to be a place where she could put on make-up, and plenty of good storage.

"The painted white vanity cabinetry is very furniture like, and we created a bow front to the main cabinet to make it stand out, almost like a separate piece of furniture. For the top, we chose a marble that has a slight veining, which picks up on the white-on-white theme."

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For added glamour and sparkle, there are crystal knobs on the faucets, drawer pulls and cabinet doors.

The cabinetry wraps around a corner of the bathroom, and finishes beside a tall cabinet with frosted glass doors. This incorporates one of the owners' key requirements – a Hot Cabi UV sterilizer for face towels. These are kept steaming hot and ready for use.

"The owner also liked the idea of having no curb to the shower, so this is like a wet area that she can just walk straight into," says Wentworth. "For added visual drama, the wall tiles are embossed with a mosaic-like pattern."

A textural wall treatment also defines the tub area on the opposite side of the room. Here, Wentworth positioned a freestanding sculptural tub on an angle beside French doors opening out to the garden. The wall behind the tub is clad in a drywall product featuring a rippling, textural pattern that is reminiscent of waves.

The tiled flooring is another key feature of the bathroom. Large white ceramic tiles from Porcelanosa cover most of the floor, but there is a decorative square in the center, like an area rug. This is inset with Wolfgang oval glass tiles that glitter under a chandelier. The glass tiles are bordered by Carrara marble. Underfloor heating ensures comfort through all seasons.

First published date: 31 March 2014

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Architect Bruce Wentworth AIA, Wentworth, Inc (Chevy Chase, MD)
Builder Wentworth, Inc
Vanity cabinet Wood Harbor, painted
Vanity top Marble
Basin Kohler Caxton
Faucets Waterworks Opus with crystal Egg handles
Bathtub MTI
Shower fittings Kohler
Showerhead Kohler Purist
Flooring Wolfgang White and Town Niquel from Artistic Tile; Marmi Blanco from Porcelanosa
Wall tiles Marmi Blanco from Porcelanosa
Lighting Lightolier; Visual Comfort
Ventilation Panasonic
Underfloor heating Warmly Yours
Tower warmer Hot Cabi by New Life Systems