• Glass mosaic tiles in shades of blue-green add a touch of color to the limestone floor, the bathtub surround, and the shower floor.

    Credit: Benjamin Benschneider

    Glass mosaic tiles in shades of blue-green add a touch of color to the limestone floor, the bathtub surround, and the shower floor.
For this elegant master bath, architect Nils Finne chose pale hues to balance the rich wood ceiling and cherry cabinets. Sand-colored limestone tiles cover the floor and extend 8 feet up the walls to “create a space within the space,” says the architect. Custom glass mosaics in irregular strips on the floor “break up that stone wrapper,” he adds.

Glass in several forms adds to the room's airy, open feeling. Finne mixed sandblasted and clear glass panels for the steam shower enclosure to “create a play of translucency and transparency.” The shower's glass ceiling is slightly canted from front to back so condensation won't drip straight down. A pivoting transom above the door vents the shower. Echoing the alternating shower panels, sandblasted glass panels cover the fluorescent lamps that alternate with the twin vanity mirrors “for greater diffusion of light,” the architect explains.

  • Credit: Benjamin Benschneider

Builder: Schilperoort & Brooks General Contractors, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; Architect: Finne Architects, Seattle; Photographer: Benjamin Benschneider.