Pure and sim­ple An un­der­stated pal­ette cre­ates a calm space

A CALM AND UN­DER­STATED PAL­ETTE CRE­ATES A PRAC­TI­CAL SPACE FOR A LARGE AND BUSY FAM­ILY

Home Beautiful - - CONTENTS - WORDS LYNNE TESTONI PHOTOGRAPHY SUE STUBBS

A MAS­TER­PIECE OF

el­e­gance and ef­fi­ciency, the main bath­room in the Tweed Heads home of mother-and-daugh­ter con­tes­tants Kim and Michelle pays homage to the ma­jes­tic and luxe look of Car­rara mar­ble – and the prac­ti­cal­i­ties of a large fam­ily. Home to Kim and Michelle’s multi-gen­er­a­tional fam­ily (that in­cludes kids, par­ents and grand­par­ents), this room can get pretty busy at times. House Rules judge and Home Beau­ti­ful’s Wendy Moore says the de­sign has a lot of great prac­ti­cal ideas suited to the de­mands of such a crowd. “They did a re­ally nice job of the lay­out,” says Wendy. “As it’s a fam­ily bath­room, they made the de­ci­sion to sep­a­rate the toi­let into another room and that cre­ated a nice area for the shower, which was kind of tucked away. When you’ve got so many peo­ple shar­ing the house, it’s a re­ally good so­lu­tion.” The brief was to in­clude mar­ble and mint, and ren­o­va­tors Josh and Bran­don em­braced the rules in a big way, lin­ing all walls in a mar­ble-look porcelain tile, a look Wendy was a big fan of. “Mar­ble works so well in a bath­room and the way they used the mar­ble con­cept was very sim­ple,” she says. “That punch of mint green in the sinks was also such a lovely idea. The sinks have a lovely matt fin­ish to them and they feel so good. Hav­ing that fin­ish and all that dark tap­ware at the sink, made it a re­ally tac­tile, invit­ing bath­room for the fam­ily.”

BATH­ROOM KEY IDEAS

This bath­room has a nice and crisp de­sign, ac­cord­ing to judge and in­te­rior de­signer Laurence Llewe­lyn-Bowen, echo­ing Wendy’s com­ments about the great floor plan. The shower (top) is slightly hid­den away to cre­ate a pri­vate space, while the hero el­e­ments of the room are un­doubt­edly the pas­tel ‘Eden’ round bowl sinks in Mint from High­grove Bath­rooms (top right), which sit atop a white van­ity and cre­ate a con­trast to the black tap­ware and ro­man­tic light­ing in the form of the ‘Pirou­ette’ eight-light pen­dant in Chrome with Crys­tal, from Bea­con Light­ing. Prac­ti­cal niches for stor­age are given a boost with a fea­ture in­lay of ‘Broad­way Squares’ mo­saic tiles from Beau­mont Tiles (right).

BATH­ROOM The ‘Eva’ free­stand­ing bath takes cen­tre stage in the monochromatic bath­room, com­ple­mented by the‘Eden’ range matt black tap­ware, both from High­grove Bath­rooms. FLOOR:‘Touch­stone’ porcelain tiles in Nero, Beau­mont Tiles. WALL: ‘Plus Stat­u­ario’ porcelain tiles, Beau­mont Tiles.

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