Bathrooms: The latest looks … & how to get them

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

INDIVIDUAL

Aluminium pressed metal covered with a marine-grade sealant makes a dramatic impact in this main bathroom and an en suite by Jane McDougall of alsoCAN architects.

Adding to the “wow” factor are the spotted-gum bath and duckboards over a stainless-steel tray.

 

Evolution

Ideas distilled by a client with many years of building and an architect with a love of the unusual.

 

How to put the style together

Look for contrasts. In this case, the rich warmth of the timber and the lacy effect of the metal create a dramatic juxtaposition.

 

Essential elements

● unexpected wall covering

● an assured approach

 

BEST TIP: Find tradesmen who are confident that they can deliver a practical and finely crafted result.

 

LUXURIOUS

Interior designer Antra Lanskis of Taupeology created this moody jewel-box of a bathroom in her Carlton home in the “smudgy” colours she loves, presided over by a 16th century Duchess of Milan.

“She glares at the blokes,” Antra says.

“I always start a concept with something that takes your breath away.”

The floor is tiled with glass mosaics and the walls are treated to a marmorino finish, which is a shimmery render of marble dust and lime.

“I needed to pare back any potential sense of over-ostentation and bring down the ‘decadence’ barometer. The walls have a more organic feel about them.”

She had a mirror placed along the bath, so the glowing floor, softly lit by LEDs beneath the deep green vanity unit, seems to go on forever. A voile shower curtain provides visual tension with its diaphanous softening.

Taupeology. Photo: Supplied

Taupeology. Photo: Supplied

Evolution

Confident personal taste honed and refined.

 

How to put the style together

Use jewel-like elements, but know when to pull back.

 

Essential elements

● start with something unexpected, such as the painting

● the shimmery floor is key to the magic happening here

 

BEST TIP: Be daring.

 

INDUSTRIAL

Kate Rowe of K+ARchitects used the most robust of materials in creating the main bathroom for a warehouse conversion. Bluestone floor and wall tiles come together with white to make a bathroom that slots easily into its heritage environment while still being sophisticated and easy to clean.

Regent Street - Bathroom. Photo: Supplied

Regent Street – Bathroom. Photo: Supplied

Evolution

As inner-city areas became gentrified, owners wanted to reference the history and the industrial genesis of their warehouse conversions.

 

How to put the style together

Gutsy materials, hefty fixtures and fittings, and colours in the black/grey/brown spectrum.

 

Essential elements

● factory-style taps

● metallic finishes

● matt-finish tiles

Dorf Epic Bloc Metallic Basin Mixer $579. Photo: Supplied

Dorf Epic Bloc Metallic Basin Mixer $579. Photo: Supplied

BEST TIP: The new metallic finishes work very well with industrial designs.

 

 

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