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Simple Pleasures

A beautiful combination of light and dark colors creates a visually stunning master bathroom

It is not uncommon to see the basic principles of feng shui and interior design mingle together. The philosophy of feng shui is to create a positive environment that allows you to live in harmony with your surroundings. You’ll find this belief used in the design of bedrooms, kitchens, and even bathrooms. When it comes to the master bathroom in Chris and Debbie Siderio’s Powhatan home, everything has a purpose, with relaxation being the ultimate goal.
A modern flair

When the Siderios set out to build their home several years ago, there was no question that it would include a modern design. “We both love the basic elements of modern design,” says Chris. “Even though we were required to build a house with a traditional exterior in this neighborhood, we knew the inside would be modern.”

The house is large, more than 6,000 square feet, and boasts a huge first floor master suite, which Chris and Debbie say they specifically wanted so they could live in the house for years to come. Part of that suite is the elegant, yet refined, master bathroom. “We set out to create a space to serve as a retreat, reminiscent of a soothing spa, where they can go after a long day,” says Carmela Wengraitis, of Kitchens, Etc., who helped the Siderios design not only the bathroom, but the entire house.

The use of color sets the tone in the Siderios’ bathroom. Feng shui suggests combining equal amounts of light and dark colors to bring positive energy and balance to a room. To achieve a soothing look, Wengraitis suggested a mix of light and dark colors. Since the house has an open floor plan, she decided to bring the same dark brown cabinets featured in the kitchen, into the bathroom. “The cabinets create an overall dramatic effect in the kitchen, but in the bathroom they take on a softer sensibility,” Wengraitis explains, adding that the cabinetry is used for the vanity and nearby makeup and storage area.

The dark vanity cabinet is offset by a cream countertop and his-and-her glass vessel sink bowls. In lieu of traditional wall cabinets, the vanities offer plenty of storage for toiletries and feature slim mirrors that soar to the ceiling, each flanked by slender wall sconces. “I love the look of the faucets protruding from the mirrors, it gives the space a polished, complete design,” says Debbie.

Harmony in design

The walls, which are painted a warm mocha brown, complement the cabinetry, but also bring out the dark veining in the tumbled stone used throughout the bathroom. “The light hue of the tumbled stone provides a nice contrast to the dark cabinets,” Wengraitis says. “What is also interesting is that you can find different variations of the stone throughout the space.”

Wengraitis is referring to the mixed sizes of tumbled stone scattered throughout the bathroom. Small 1x1-inch tile line the wall behind the vanity, while 4x4-inch and 12x12-inch stones cover the floor, tub surround and shower.

Despite dedicating a large amount of space to the bathroom, and using a subdued color scheme, the bathroom is successfully divided into distinct zones. The vanity area has its own designated spot, while there is also a makeup area, laundry area and individual spaces for the steam shower and Kohler BubbleMassage bathtub.  

The overall atmosphere possesses a calming power every time Chris and Debbie enter the bathroom. “The soft colors paired with the natural stone creates such a relaxing room,” concludes Debbie. “There is nothing to distract you in here, and we love that we have the ability to escape for just a few minutes every day.”


Designer: Carmela Wengraitis, Kitchens, Etc.

Tile: Baja Cream, Dal-Tile

Bathtub: Kohler Purist Series 6-foot BubbleMassage Bath

Tub faucet: Kohler Taboret deck mount

Countertops: Glacier White Corian

Sinks: Ronbow glass vessel bowls

Sink faucets: Kohler Purist Series

Wall sconces: George Kovacs

Steam shower: Steammist

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