Trends New Zealand Volume 33 No 7 - Page 99

Form and function

A family bathroom achieves an attractive balance of classic meets contemporary while offering comprehensive functionality
Sometimes the quest for strong visual appeal in a bathroom can impede its functionality . However , bathroom specialists Design Haus struck a healthy balance between the two on this refit .
Part of a classic villa renovation , Design Haus wanted this family bathroom to capture the sense of the villa ’ s origins plus achieve a modern accent .
The tile selection played a key part in this design . Two types of Flexible Architecture porcelain tiles were alternated to create a 3D pattern on the walls . And the soap niches in the bath and shower zone are in the same proportion – as though a tile-shaped brick had been removed .
These tiles have a refined , modern feel but are contrasted by an antique-look , rust-edged Garage Sugar tile in the bathing zone along with a similar tile on the main floor .
Similarly , the bath has a classic feel at first glance , but the proportions are contemporary .
As a family bathroom , plenty of storage was a must . To maximise this , Design Haus added a roomy vanity in the same colour as the wall behind , downplaying its size . In addition , the elegant twin benchtop basins and sleek lighting above the recessed mirror cabinets lead the eye .
Above : A nib wall separates the bathing zone from heated tiled floor in this compact bathing space , a reworking by Design Haus of a family bathroom in a traditional villa . The freestanding tub would be a typical traditional inclusion , but here the crisp , modern lines of the bath work well with the contemporary upgrade .
Following page : Even from the door , the play between modern slender countertop and cabinet and the rustic / classic floor tiles is apparent .
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