Travertine bathroom design conveys Old World charm
November 18, 2006
For the design of a residential bathroom in Scottsdale, AZ, Jean Claude Canestrelli, Allied ASID, of Canestrelli Design created a unique space using Castello travertine tiles, quarried in Italy. The material was used in a broad range of formats, creating a truly one-of-kind, yet timeless space.
Overall, the decor of the bathroom space has a warm, comfortable feel, enhanced with ample natural light, neutral tones on the walls and high ceilings. The use of travertine serves to lend an air of sophistication, while still maintaining the overall design theme. â€œTravertine is a timeless material and has a classic and elegant feeling,â€ said Canestrelli.
The bathroom is just under 300 square feet in size, and travertine was used in a wide variety of applications and formats. The designer went beyond the use of traditional square and rectangular shapes, and even added large-format tiles in a hexagon shape.
The hexagon-shaped tiles of Castello travertine were used to create the field, and they measure 20 inches in size. The stone features a warm, taupe color, and they were utilized with a MonastereTM finish - which the designer describes as a brushed finish - adding to the Old World charm of the room. The material was supplied by Hexstone TM Unique Surfaces of Phoenix, AZ.
The field of hexagon tiles, which features wide grout joints to continue the overall design theme, is contrasted by accent borders as well as the same travertine material in different sizes. The perimeter of the floor features travertine tiles in a rectangular format, although many of these pieces were cut in the field to accommodate elements such as the tub and shower. These border tiles are separated from the hexagon field with a double strip of dark mosaic pieces, which also provides color contrast for the flooring.
A combination of various-sized travertine tiles and dark accent bands was used for the vertical surfaces, such as the tub surround and shower. At the tub, smaller-format Castello travertine tiles were used as 8-inch squares, 6-inch hexagon tiles and rectangular â€œbricks,â€ set off by small accent strips.
Meanwhile, the exterior of the shower stall features a similar pattern, with an extra course of 8- x 8-inch tiles at the bottom. Inside the shower itself, the design is primarily composed of 8-inch-square travertine tiles, inset with a section of 6-inch hexagon tiles, framed by a small band of black granite.
Even elements such as the vanity top utilize natural stone in a tile application as opposed to slabs. At the vanity, the design uses large-format travertine tiles with a brushed finish, and hexagon tiles form the backsplash.
Designer: Canestrelli Design, Scottsdale, AZ
Stone Supplier: HexstoneTM Unique Surfaces, Phoenix, AZ