BATH­ROOM

Warm wood, pol­ished brass and state­ment tiles com­bine to cre­ate a lux­u­ri­ous sanc­tu­ary

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - DE­SIGN­ERS Ali John­son and Alex Keith, Otta De­sign, otta-de­sign.com.

Op­u­lent so­phis­ti­ca­tion is para­mount in this re­designed en suite.

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE PROP­ERTY?

The house is a sub­stan­tial Vic­to­rian semi-de­tached villa next to Wandsworth Com­mon in south-west Lon­don. The project was to redesign a rather tired en-suite bath­room lead­ing off the main bed­room at the front of the prop­erty. It’s gen­er­ous size, with di­men­sions of 4x3.5m, al­lowed us to be flex­i­ble with the lay­out.

DID THE OWN­ERS GIVE YOU A DE­TAILED BRIEF?

It al­ways takes a few meet­ings to pin­point a client’s in­te­rior style and draw up a wish list for a scheme, but it was a joy to work on a project with own­ers who were so open-minded about our ideas. Ma­gada and Bruce Lock’s home has an eclec­tic dé­cor so that gave us plenty of scope to ex­plore a range of looks and ma­te­ri­als. The new en suite had to be a lux­u­ri­ous space to re­lax in af­ter a busy day. It was de­cided the scheme would be based on a mono­chrome pal­ette, with pat­terned tiles and wood fin­ishes.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CHOICE OF TILES?

Black and white can be rather aus­tere, so we needed to in­cor­po­rate a mix of ma­te­ri­als to add an­other di­men­sion to the room. We had al­ready fallen in love with the chevron tiles for the shower area be­fore we took on this project and the re­flec­tive qual­i­ties of the mar­ble and the mo­saic ef­fect were just the look we wanted. The hexag­o­nal floor tiles pro­vide a sub­tle pat­tern with­out dom­i­nat­ing, adding a so­phis­ti­cated feel that brought the scheme to­gether.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER KEY ELEMENTS OF THE DE­SIGN?

The sash win­dow on the rear wall was cen­tral to the lay­out and made the per­fect back­drop for the free­stand­ing vol­canic lime­stone bath. There was also enough space to build a be­spoke 1.8m-long dou­ble van­ity unit made from Amer­i­can black wal­nut with pol­ished brass taps and fit­tings. We needed to pro­vide plenty of stor­age and came up with the idea of the Crit­tall-style framed doors for the wardrobes, with mir­rored pan­els adding to the glam­orous style.

HOW IM­POR­TANT WAS THE LIGHT­ING SCHEME?

A well-thought-out plan can make or break a project. There is plenty of nat­u­ral light in this room dur­ing the day, how­ever, we wanted the clients to have the lux­ury of choos­ing a range of light­ing op­tions to change the mood in the evening. There is a lay­ered light­ing scheme through­out, with dim­mer switches in the bed­room. The lights in­clude LED strips un­der the wal­nut picture ledges and float­ing van­ity unit, as well as spots in the shower.

OP­PO­SITE PAGE A teardrop-shaped bath takes cen­tre stage in front of the sash win­dow and sets a tone of spa-style lux­ury.

ABOVE The be­spoke van­ity unit topped with mar­ble fits neatly in an al­cove with large mir­rors help­ing to en­hance the light lev­els in this cor­ner.

ABOVE A frame­less screen helps to achieve a lux­u­ri­ous wet-room ap­pear­ance and al­lows the tiles to come to the fore, with a neat niche for toi­letries con­tribut­ing to the el­e­gant min­i­mal­ism of the scheme.

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