Abstract Art with a Practical Purpose

You’re not far from the truth to call this bathroom a work of art. Its design was inspired by client favorite Piet Mondrian, a Dutch abstract artist and member of the De Stijl movement. The basic forms and strong primary colors for which De Stijl gets its instant recognition translated admirably to this 42-square-foot guest bathroom. Brightly colored floor-to-ceiling recycled glass tiles were placed strategically against white surroundings to reinterpret Mondrian’s compositions and to mark off space and functions: Red areas denote recessed niches, for instance, while the blue tiles set off a shower seat and yellow connects shower fixtures with the drain.

Andrea Hubbell Photography
Andrea Hubbell Photography

Note also how updates to the 65-year-old bathroom incorporate aging-in-place features requested by the clients. There’s a zero-clearance shower, ADA-compliant grab bars installed to complement the tile work, and an extra-wide, space-saving pocket door.

See more photos of the bath and more winners of the 2015 Remodeling Design Awards.