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Teenager's bathroom by Roberta Kravette

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You might expect that consulting a teenager on her preferences for bathroom decor would bring an outpouring of requests for vivid hues and over-the-top features. However, good design sense is not the sole preserve of adults.

This light-filled bathroom was created by designer Roberta Kravette and her team for an artistic, 13-year-old teenager – the youngest member of the client's family. The daughter requested a neutral palette, with lots of easily accessible storage and a final say over all colors and materials, says Kravette.

"A much-loved picture of an early winter morning seemed to encompass all the tones and textures that were required – and this gave rise to the design theme, sunrise on new snow.

"Every element in the bathroom played an important role in extending this ambiance. The white gloss and matte glass tiles are reminiscent of ice crystals, while the clean lines of the vertical wood grain cabinetry conjures thoughts of a forest in winter.

"The vanity faucet is concealed above the sink on the underside of the upper wall cabinet. This creates a pleasant surprise for the user, like water emerging from a frozen stream."


"The shower stall is in a shimmery Flutex glass that evokes the look of falling water caught in time," says Kravette. "And even the central ceiling light with its ring of yellow sun peeking through cloud builds on the design theme."

Sustainability was another key aspect of the design and Kravette finished the cabinetry in a warm-toned composite veneer

"A bland, sustainable wood was processed, dyed and cut to look like quarter-sawn teak – although the veneer is actually stronger."

In addition, the designer specified low-flow plumbing fixtures and sanitary features.

The reinvented bathroom occupies the same footprint as the old one but achieves a much more spacious, open feel. Besides keeping the narrow room uncluttered, Kravette was able to capture additional storage by utilizing the space between walls to make deep wall cubbies.

"The completed bathroom achieves a light, fresh aesthetic that won't fall from favor over time," says Kravette. "This fits with the plan for this room to be used by guests in the future."

First published date: 06 October 2013

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Bathroom designer Roberta Kravette LEED AP, AKBD, NKBA, Brandon Cruz CKD, Vincent Concessi, Nieuw Amsterdam Kitchens (New York)
Cabinet company Custom millwork by Heritage Custom Cabinetry
Vanity Quarter-sawn teak composite veneer in natural finish
Countertop Polished pebble
Basin Vessel sink by Sonia
Faucets Kohler
Shower fittings Rainhead by Dornbracht
Shower stall Custom in Flutex glass
Wall coverings Benjamin Moore Aura
Tile flooring Waterfall rectified porcelain tile from Artistic Tile
Wall tiles Wolfgang's White mixed glass tile and Stilato gloss and satin from Opera Glass collection from Artistic Tile
Toilet Supreme by Toto
Lighting On the Rocks wall fixtures and Button ceiling fixture from Flos
Accessories All chrome, by Dornbracht