Room ser­vice A new van­ity and a lick of paint cre­ate a fresh look

A fresh grey-green pal­ette and ac­ces­sories in nat­u­ral tex­tures have taken this bath­room from dated to di­vine with­out spend­ing up large

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text by Tina Stephen. Pho­tog­ra­phy by He­len Bankers.

Tina says:

THE PROB­LEM

The bath­room, although only 10 years old, felt shabby and dated. The tiles were in good con­di­tion but had a slight peach tint to them, which was high­lighted by the ad­ja­cent cool white wall colour. The van­ity was an odd free­stand­ing unit with a DIY base, which looked un­fin­ished. Silver hard­ware and a halo­gen wall light were in need of re­place­ment.

The bath­room also lacked flat sur­faces for toi­letries and there was min­i­mal stor­age. De­spite all this, the bath­room was in good con­di­tion, so an up­date rather than a full ren­o­va­tion was the most cost-ap­pro­pri­ate so­lu­tion.

THE SO­LU­TION

First, a new wall colour was cho­sen to warm the room and com­ple­ment the peachtinged tiles. The ex­ist­ing stark white was painted over in a soft grey with a slightly green tone, which suits the tiles per­fectly and helps the room feel warmer and more invit­ing.

The van­ity was re­moved and re­placed with a wall-mounted unit. This bal­anced the room vis­ually as well as ad­ding much-needed stor­age and a handy flat sur­face.

All stain­less-steel and glass fit­tings were re­placed with warm oak ac­ces­sories to help soften the scheme and make it feel less clin­i­cal.

A round mir­ror was sub­sti­tuted for the old rec­tan­gu­lar one to coun­ter­act all the straight lines and ‘boxy’ feel. A float­ing shelf with rounded corners was also added.

A fun art print from Pop Mo­tif brings a splash of colour to the fairly neu­tral pal­ette.

In­door plants, new tow­els, stor­age bas­kets and lovely hand­wash pro­vide more lay­ers of in­ter­est in the room.

See more of Tina’s work at roomie.co.nz.

In­te­rior de­signer

TINA STEPHEN

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