Historic flavour An elegant approach to bathroom splendour
A SOPHISTICATED PALETTE, ELEGANT FURNISHINGS AND CREATIVE TILING BRING THIS BATHROOM TO LIFE
High ceilings and broad dimensions in the bathroom of this Melbourne home evoke a sense of grandeur. “At first we thought we should use this space for something else – it was once a double bedroom – but it made sense to keep using it as a bathroom,” says homeowner Margaret. Its proportions allow height for dramatic lighting (Beacon Lighting’s ‘Vaille’ pendant is similar) and space for classy elements such as a vintage claw-foot bath. There’s also room for functional storage.
You may find it difficult to believe, but this classically composed bathroom was once a dated, disastrous combination of murky oranges and deep greens. With an eye for potential, homeowners Margaret and Daryl gradually restored it – and the rest of their 1882 Victorian home in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs – from a scene of questionable colour schemes and haphazard additions that showcased orange shag-pile carpet. The result is a tasteful, enduring masterpiece. “It was awful,” says Margaret of the original space. “It was huge, with something wedged in every corner and nothing in the middle.” The couple took five years to upgrade the room, focusing their energies on structural adjustments to the home, as well as raising three children. Finally, with a clear vision and a claw-foot bath bought on Ebay, they briefed Serena Elise of White Chalk Design to create a bathroom that is based on a Hamptons-inspired aesthetic. “It fits well with our Victorian home and it’s very beautiful,” says Margaret.