asked three Milwaukee-area designers for their opinions on this
bathroom by Loren Imhoff Homebuilder that was featured in the 2005
Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes. Hereís what they
had to say:
1. Windows: "You never see picture
windows in a bathroom," says Nancy Rappaport of Urban Accents,
Milwaukee. "I think they give the room the same feeling of
grandeur that one would get from a more formal setting. It lets in so
much more light than a standard or even opaque window would
offer." In addition, Susan Stockton of London by Design,
Thiensville, says: "The borrowed natural day lighting into the
shower stall is an innovative idea in that the interior fenestration
has maximized the space."
2. Color: "I love the way the
earth tones of the slate have been picked up in the wall color, with a
lighter shade on the ceiling," Rappaport says. "Itís so
important to pick a color other than white for the ceiling. Even if itís
only a shade or two darker it really gives the overall room a much
warmer feeling." Joline Stiegerwald and Jess Petrusich of Design
Resource Center, Elm Grove, also note the warmth of the paint color
among their favorite things, as does Stockton. "The color scheme
is soft and kind to skin tones," she says.
Fixtures: Rappaport notes the use of the furniture-quality vanity and
mirror, as well as the ornate lighting fixtures, candle stands and
artwork. "This suggests touches that were once reserved for our
dining and living rooms," she says. "This attention to
detail reinforces the idea of our bathrooms as a place of quiet
solitude and refuge from the daily stresses of life." Stiegerwald
and Petrusich note that the sconce on the wall gives great dimension
to the space. They also like the choice of sinks for the room:
"Having the sink under-mounted is nice for cleaning. It
gives the countertop a seamless look."
4. Tub: "The tub looks incredibly
inviting with its soft rounded edges," Stockton says. She also
likes the platform height and amount of decking surrounding the tub.
"The placement of the faucet facilitates easy access to the tub
and the convenience of not having to reach too far to use," she
5. Shower: "The slightly concealed
large shower stall and its relationship to the tub adds intimacy to
the bathroom," Stockton says.