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We’ve heard everyone from real estate agents to HGTV hosts use the term spalike to describe a bathroom, but it’s never been easy why a space feels like a retreat. For some, it may just be a bamboo tub tray; for others, it’s a full-body rain shower head. But recently we found something that was consistently considered “spalike” when talking to designers. This function? Fluted stone. Here are three ways to display the It material in your space.
A statement sink
When designing his space for this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Dallas, Project AZ’s Ahmad AbouZanat challenged Chad Dorsey, who has become known for his fluted stone fireplaces, to create a vanity in Breccia Fiore-honed marble. With its warm red and pink tones, the material alone enhances the bathroom’s hammam-inspired feel, but the ribbed detailing that extends around the outer edges takes it a step further. “The luxuriously carved basin and substantial surface combine to create a sophisticated and distinguished look that doesn’t overpower the space,” shares AbouZanat.
Sven Simon, managing partner of DasMOD, compares the design he used around a sink to kit-kat bars. “It was also inspired by the wooden shutters on the main bathroom walls,” he says. “We loved the look and feel of the wood so much that we wanted to bring it into the bathroom.” After the stone was cut and beveled, it was sanded and installed against a fiberglass mesh.
A 3D shower
Given that the bathroom in this Venice, CA home is right next to the gym, Katie Gebhardt of Solstice Interiors thought it appropriate to go for a “badass Equinox vibe” in the shower. She thoughtfully covered just one of the interior walls with the fluted Ann Sacks tiles, opting for simpler, easier-to-cut squares on the side walls that feature the plumbing and shampoo niche. “It added so much depth and dimension to the shower, especially when paired with our patterned floor tiles,” she says.
A tub with a view
The fluted Calacatta Gold tile that lines the wall behind the tub in this Sun Valley, Idaho home serves two purposes. The bumpy surface highlights the texture and drama of the marble’s bold veining, and the stone, which designer Julia Miller of Yond Interiors sourced through Artistic Tile, serves as a natural waterproof barrier. Soakers can splash as much as they want.
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