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Over and under Japanese tiles create a dramatic woven effect on the walls of this new bathroom, providing a bold textural contrast to the reflective surfaces While master suites are often designed as quiet sanctuaries, this doesn’t mean they have to recede into the background. Sometimes a little visual punch is just what’s needed to restore the spirit. For this bathroom, in an older home extensively renovated by Nicholas Murray Architects, that wow factor is threefold – there’s the leafy outlook, the large sculptural composite stone bathtub, and the decorative Japanese wall tiles that line two walls. Architect Dominic Kao says the bathroom is open to the master bedroom, so the visual cues were important. “This is why we made the end wall a feature wall, with Japanese Inax ceramic tiles that have a woven, fabric-like texture. The tiles wrap around the corner, creating a backdrop to the tub, and extend along the side wall to frame the vanity and mirrors. “Visually, the tiles help to break up the large surfaces in the bathroom – they juxtapose the sleek white fittings and reflective elements.” The sculptural oval form of the bathtub is echoed by the Corian vanity top, which incorporates two moulded handbasins. These pages: Not all neutrals are created equal – this new bathroom teams decorative Japanese ceramic tiles with sleek, glossy finishes and white fixtures, contrasting both tone and texture. The tiles wrap around the walls, framing the view and the vanity area. Following pages: Two other key materials are Corian – on the vanity – and Caesarstone, which features on the floor. These were chosen for their purity and practicality. search | save | share at