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Visual continuity creates a seamless flow through a house, unifying both the architecture and the interior design. But it’s not just the continuity of an interior colour palette that works – replicating exterior materials on the inside also helps to provide a strong visual link between inside and out. This is precisely the case for this modern country house, designed by Guy Shallard of Lat Forty Five. Bathrooms feature raw shuttered concrete walls that show the formwork marks from where they were poured insitu – similar walls feature on the exterior of the house. “These concrete walls also form a wet area shower in each bathroom,” says Shallard. “We teamed the walls with roughsawn, white-painted cedar boards that bring a rustic touch to the interior without compromising the contemporary feel of the house.” Each bathroom has a vanity in solid American oak treated with a black stain. Deep drawer bins in the base of the vanities are in blackened steel. The steel was search | save | share at finished with iron paste – the treatment was rubbed on and then buffed off to get the required look. A similar treatment on cabinets in the kitchen provides further visual continuity. The designer says a freestanding tub in the family bathroom and sculptural round marble basins and wall-mounted taps in all bathrooms ensure the look remains modern. There is also a glamorous element to each bathroom, with large, silver-framed mirrors. These are rectangular in the