We have been designing A LOT of master bathrooms recently. It’s really rewarding working with a mix of clients with varying home styles and taste preferences. While traditional style reigns supreme in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, once in a while I get lucky and score a client who is looking for a modern design. (Note- I love all styles, but as a designer its fun to mix it up a bit.) Right now I have a young stylish couple who are seeking a design that is clean, modern, warm and totally chic for their master bath. My client turned me onto to vein cut silver travertine and this will be the jumping off point for the design.
This travertine, also known as “Ocean Blue Travertine” has an organic linear look with veins of silver, beige and brown running through it. Some batches are more blue, some are more tan, some are more stripey, some are more blotchy. My preference would be for a little more blue and definitely more linear. Sourcing the right lot is definitely key!
When the tiled up the whole it has a very contemporary, yet organic look.
It can be set horizontally. I like the size of the large rectangular tiles above. They look like they are around 12×24. (9×18?)
Or they can be set vertically for a different look.
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Which look do you prefer?
I personally prefer them tiled subway style with offset joints…
Another way to go is stacked. This is a little grid-like to me. I like the extra movement that comes with the offset tiles.
With the cool, contemporary look of this tile, I really like it paired with a warm wood vanity instead of a painted cabinet.
Often times you will see people go balls to the walls and do the tile all over the walls and floors…
I favor contrasting the busier walls with a darker, simpler floor. Something like below…. the travertine is not vein cut silver, but can you imagine if it was?
It’s a fun new material to me and I’m enjoying how its shaping the design of this bathroom. What do you think of vein cut silver travertine? Would you consider it over the oft-used Carrara Marble?