Large on spacePublished on October 15, 2015

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

With plenty of space to play with, interior designer Dean Large went to work on filling his client's wish list for a renovated bathroom in their Cedarhill Estates home in Ottawa's west end. The result is a stunning mix of luxuriously functioning space. 

The client was looking for "his and hers" elements that included separate vanities to incorporate a makeup table. While luxury items such as a soaking tub and large shower were on the wish list, an air of simplicity was desired. A combination of contemporary styling with a bit of glam served as a perfect balance to meet the client's needs and to honour the ample 17 feet six  inches by 15 foot space. 

The free-standing soaking tub establishes the luxurious, contemporary feeling of the light and airy space. "I really wanted the bathroom's focal point to be the sculptural tub in the centre of the room allowing the room to breathe around it," said the designer with Astro Design Centre. 


The warm, neutral colour scheme offers the perfect backdrop for a mix of matte and metallic finishes. The large-format limestone floor tile generates an elegant feeling throughout and the rich gunmetal wall tile behind the vanities embraces the trend towards metallic detailing without going overboard. 

Practicality in the form of quartz countertops in both solid espresso and variegated ivory, mocha and black, work in conjunction with the deep-taupe lacquered millwork to bring a touch of drama to the neutral colour scheme. 


The overall look is pleasing to the eye. The room has a modern factor with mostly square features throughout, including the vessel inspired sinks from WETSTYLE. Dean says that they make the perfect alternative to a true vessel: "The square sink sits flush on the counter, making it a practical alternative."


A separate water closet and steam shower are luxuries allowed for by the ample space and create a wonderful spa-like feeling within the up-to-date bathroom. If Dean had his way, all of his clients would have steam showers. "The large shower became a steam room which I consider a mandatory item in every bathroom," he says adding, "Why not bring the spa home?"

Dean Large's Top Five Trends for Bathroom Décor

- Metallic finishes and mixing metals such as gunmetal with nickel and brass

- Patterned mosaics, wallpaper and tile

- Homespun elements with authenticity, including hand painted tiles

- Warm tones: taupe, brown and olive green

- Bathroom/closet combinations. The two rooms are morphing into one large, luxurious dressing room 

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