A bathroom should have character and reflect its owner’s personalities. Tamara and Andrew are vibrant people and when I showed them a red bathroom and they didn’t bat an eyelid, I knew I could take them to a whole new level of ensuite design.
The first element I integrated into this space were the feature mosaic tiles from Perini Tiles. I love the way their glaze has an almost ‘petrol-like’ finish. The colours of the tiles take on different shades of blues, purples, oranges and bronze, depending on the way it catches the light. What an intriguing tile that no doubt will leave this family mesmerised for many showers to come!
When you use mosaics in a bathroom, they tend to be the main feature. In this instance, I contrasted the boldness of the petrol-like mosaic with a simple white subway wall tile (laid on its vertical side for a point of difference) and warm sandstone look floor tile from Perini Tiles. This simpleness of these tile choices meant that I could incorporate a second feature.
Taking inspiration from the mosaic tiles, I painted the walls Taubmans ‘Cone Flower’. This colour will pick up the reflections in the feature tiles, and also connects with the purple lounge and study spaces in the house. It also bonds with the fabulous Timberline custom vanity in the same colour. The jewel of the ensuite crown, this fixture is one of a kind! In fact, Timberline had never made anything like it before (they even sent me a picture during manufacture to make sure that it was what I really wanted – and it was). Glorious, bold and modern in its design, I chose to integrate traditional Brodware tap-ware as a period nod to the age of the house.
Talk about Purple Rain! This bathroom sings with colour and life (in fact I suspect there will be a bit of singing behind the Glasstek shower in this house, just tap dancing now is banned). The crispness of the white Caesarstone benchtop, Timberline basin, Caroma toilet suite through E&S Trading and large double-hung windows is juxtaposed against the zing of the Perini Tiles mosaic tiles and depth of its Taubmans painted walls.
I also installed a heater light for functionality and styled the space with accessories from Husk, Mr Smith and The Renovator Store. Bed, Bath & Table towels will soften the hardness of the space and all contribute to creating a bathroom that speaks to its owners and is packed with character.
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Images: Vanessa Hall, Lifestyl