Na­ture re­treat Mod­ern magic in a sump­tu­ous soak zone

SLEEK LINES COM­BINE WITH TAC­TILE FIN­ISHES TO GIVE A CON­TEM­PO­RARY BATH­ROOM A STYLISH LOOK

Home Beautiful - - {EDITOR’S LETTER} - WORDS KYLIE JACKES STYLING WENDY BAN­NIS­TER PHO­TOG­RA­PHY SHANIA SHEGEDYN

1 TIM­BER TREAT­MENT

De­signer and builder Za­her Khalil of Zaas Homes chose white­washed oak-look ‘Tim­ber Brown’ 900mm x 150mm tiles from Western Dis­trib­u­tors for Mel­bourne home­owner Yolande’s bath­room, colour­match­ing an epoxy grout with the tim­ber grain. “By keep­ing the fill­ing lines nar­row, it looks like tim­ber pan­elling,” says Za­her.

Yolande’s at­ten­tion was grabbed when she spot­ted the unique bath­room of this newly built prop­erty in Mel­bourne’s north­ern sub­urbs. “It was one of the fea­tures which prompted me to buy it be­cause it was just so dif­fer­ent,” she says of the space on the up­per level of her mod­ern home, built by Zaas Homes. And the fin­ishes re­ally struck a chord. “Ini­tially, I thought the tim­ber on the walls was real, but when I touched it, I dis­cov­ered that it was tile and was amazed by the ef­fect,” says Yolande. “It’s an in­cred­i­bly warm space with sim­ple clean lines.” Although the bath­room has no win­dows, an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light streams through a sky­light above the free­stand­ing bath – and with­out the dis­trac­tion of the out­side world, this truly feels like a spa-like sanctuary. In keep­ing with the nat­u­ral colour pal­ette and or­ganic feel, a cus­tom van­ity mir­ror is framed by plants that stand out against the tim­ber-look walls. Sharp black Phoenix tap­ware adds plenty of drama. “Since mov­ing in late last year, I use the bath all the time,” says Yolande. “It’s lovely be­ing un­der the sky­light, par­tic­u­larly in sum­mer when I open it up and see blue sky above. It’s a re­ally spe­cial part of my house.”

3 SPACE ODYSSEY

If, like Yolande, you don’t have the lux­ury of space, you can al­ways cre­ate the il­lu­sion of it. Choos­ing the right glass is one trick. “Even though it’s more ex­pen­sive,

I went with a sin­gle fixed panel of Starphire su­per-clear glass from IL Build­ing Ser­vices for the shower [above right] as it’s ul­tra-clear and looks vir­tu­ally in­vis­i­ble,” says de­signer and builder Za­her Khalil. He also an­gled the ceil­ing to en­hance the vol­ume (op­po­site) and al­low more light to bounce around the room.

size of tile “THE CAN MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE. THESE LONG, REC­TAN­GU­LAR TILES LAID IN A BRICK PAT­TERN VIS­UALLY elon­gate THE ROOM” ~ ZA­HER KHALIL, DE­SIGNER & BUILDER

4 TEX­TU­RAL TAC­TICS

Con­tem­po­rary spa­ces can feel stark and cold, so it’s vi­tal to bal­ance min­i­mal­ist lines with tex­tu­ral fin­ishes. Rather than opt for glossy sur­faces, a ‘Riva’ 1700mm back-to-wall free­stand­ing bath from Al­lure Bath­rooms was se­lected for its softer, acrylic matt fin­ish. Its gen­tle curves in­stil an or­ganic feel, too, in keep­ing with the room’s tran­quil qual­ity. Laminex ‘Im­pres­sions’ in Do­main Nu­ance on the cus­tom van­ity also has a lovely tac­tile feel and boosts the sen­sory ap­peal of a zone grounded by ‘Gun

Metal’ 600mm x 300mm floor tiles from Western Dis­trib­u­tors.

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