Tropical Asian architecture is a centuries-old style of design that seeks to be in harmony with the surrounding environment. Using organic materials, homes are built with inspiration from artistry, culture and the natural world. So when considering this home’s Bali-inspired vibe, the designer took her cues from the existing architecture and looked to the surroundings for inspiration. Lush gardens, rich woods and a warm color palette all played a role in the design.

The 87-square-foot space is the only bath on the first floor, making functionality and style equally important. Taking full advantage of the Jack-and-Jill layout, the designer created a unique floor plan that divides the vanity area from the fully accessible wet room.

The opaque, bronze glass vanity cabinet from Robern, provides clean lines and ample storage, while two sinks streamline the bathroom’s use by the two adjoining bedrooms. The bathroom features several additional Kohler pieces, notably the faucets (Loure by Kholer), the floor (Ann Sacks by Kohler). The wet room features elements of universal design with a zero-threshold, easily accessible shower, making the space functional for the homeowners well into the future.

Challenged by the compact floor plan, the designer incorporated creative design solutions, including the use of the clean-lined Kohler Loure towel bars. Incorporated into the wall, these provide a simpler and more compact solution to the typical wall-mounted towel bar.

The bath is flanked by two reclaimed wood doors that, when open, offer picturesque views of the home’s long-established gardens.  It’s these landscapes that inform the unique mix of nature-inspired materials with modern elements. The vinyl wallcovering from Elitis also features an island-inspired textural straw effect, while mimicking the look of tile. Its waterproof nature is perfect in a bathroom application.

Silver floral sconces by Visual Comfort add a botanical note and soften the crisp, modern lines of the bath fixtures. The geometric vase from Jonathan Adler can be filled with fresh flowers and greenery from the homeowner’s gardens throughout the seasons.

A delicate balance between rustic and contemporary, this thoughtfully designed bath proves that architecture is at its best when in harmonious, close-contact with nature – a cornerstone of Balinese design.

Emily Castle, ASID

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