Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 3 - Page 67

Bathroom designer: Hayley Shaw, Melanie Craig Design Architectural designer: Julie-Ann Ross, Design Arc Builder: John Mclaren Cabinetry maker: Abonathy Joinery Vanity cabinetry: White lacquer finish Benchtop: Solid American Oak Bath: Tondo, freestanding Taps and shower fittings: Buddy Shower stall: Glass, from Atlantis Showers Wall surfaces: Wallpaper from Hooked on Walls Toilet: Catalano, from Plumbline Blinds: Luxaflex Lighting: Hugo Story by Charles Moxham Photography by James Cobel save and search: search 49405 at for more: search melanie craig at However, some inclusions strike a midway point between the classic and contemporary. The edge-lit round mirror, for example, creates a balance between the past and present as do the soft lines of the freestanding bathtub. Even the chrome heated towel rail provides a crossover between the Victorian and the modern. “While it’s technically freestanding, the tub is designed with a flat side tight against the wall. This way, the tub achieves the sense of freedom of space associated with a freestanding tub but avoids the awkward to get to spaces behind that can be tricky to clean,” says Craig. The choice of clear glass for the shower stall and the wall-hung nature of both the vanity and toilet all add to the room’s sense of space. The walk-in shower has a strip drain at the rear. Craig grounded the bathroom design with large format textured porcelain tiles that have the look and feel of concrete. “In terms of colour, we chose a textural navy wallpaper for two of the walls. This continues the use of dramatic accent walls in other rooms. The contrasting dark tone here also makes the bathroom’s white surfaces appear even whiter and crisper than they are,” she says. Above: Cylindrical wall-wash sconces accentuate the texture on the deep navy wallpaper of the bathroom’s accent walls. Cantilevering the vanity, together with the choice of a wall-hung toilet, and the glass shower stall all add to the bathroom’s sense of space, as does the semi-freestanding bath. Concrete-textured, large format porcelain tiles provide a low upkeep, pleasing-to-the-touch floor surface. search | save | share at