Traditional, Luxurious Bathroom

Discover how designer Katheryn Cowles transformed a boring, outdated bathroom into a classic space full of elegant touches.
Custom Double Vanity

Custom Double Vanity

This charming bathroom was designed with a marble countertop and double vanity, custom hardwood cabinetry with open storage and glass tiling throughout.

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By: Chelsey Bowen

For this $30,000 bathroom remodel, designer Katheryn Cowles created a beautiful retreat with walk-in shower, large tub and glass accent tiles.

We caught up with Cowles to find out how she accomplished the simple, luxurious design.

Describe the homeowners' wish list.

My clients had been planning this renovation for years and finally, following our initial meeting, decided to proceed as planned.

After getting a feel for the clients' lifestyle and their wish list, which included more light in the shower, storage for incidentals and a natural color palette, the design began.

Traditional, Luxurious Master Bathroom

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Before: Boring Vanity

The white vanity and countertop is bland and uninspiring. Combined with typical striped wallpaper, the space needs an update.

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After: Classic, Stylish Vanity

The neutral tile used throughout the space is utilized to create the look of a floating vanity. Bronze fixtures and knobs add a metallic touch to the rich brown vanity, and open shelves are the perfect storage space for towels.

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Elegant and Timeless

Granite countertops and glass accent tiles add touches of luxury to the traditional vanity. Beveled mirrors help to reflect the daylight back into the room, creating a bright and open space.

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Metallic Accents

Bronze fixtures fit in seamlessly with the granite countertops and glass tiles. Tiny fleur-de-lis along the base of the fixture add the quintessential timeless touch.

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Before: Typical Shower and Tub

Though the bathroom features a separate shower and tub, it's time for an update. The homeowners don't use the current tub but still want to have one for resale value.

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After: Stunning Tiled Bathroom

Floor-to-ceiling large neutral tiles open up the space, making it seem larger. Crackle-glass accent tiles are used as a border around the room and add a bit of opulence.

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Luxurious Shower

The oversized walk-in shower features glass walls that allow it to flow seamlessly into the rest of the bathroom. The same granite from the vanity countertops is used as a shelf and small seat in the shower.

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What were the homeowners' design problems?

The homeowners never used the tub, but for resale they wanted a tub in the space. With this in mind, we decided to keep the existing tub, remove the tub skirt and backsplashes and replace them with stone tile. This was a major budget saver and looks fabulous in the space.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

Removing the wall between the tub and shower opened the space, allowing the light from the window to flood the previously very dark area.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

The crackle-glass accent tile had to be modified at the vanity because of the lowering of the mirrored cabinets. The backsplash shelf was dropped three inches to allow the cabinets to be lowered by the same three inches. It looks like an intentional design feature.

What are the "hidden gems"?

The clear-glass shower surround, the floating vanity and the reflective quality of the granite all contribute to the room's feeling larger and make the biggest impact in the area.

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Katheryn Cowles

K.W. Cowles Design Center
8826 North Davis Hwy. #3 Pensacola, FL 32514 850-607-2615