Right off the shelf
Go ‘access all areas’ in the bathroom, writes Robyn Willis
When you’re working out the best design for key rooms in your house, there’s a lot to juggle, from practical concerns about how the room will function to matching your choice of materials to your budget. That whole process can be even more fraught in the bathroom, which requires more trades to pull it together than any other room.
Part wash station, part wellness centre, e, bathrooms these days are a showcase for r natural materials such as stone and timber, ber, while also providing practical ways to keep eep clean and get through the daily routine with a minimum of drama.
One of the key concerns that often gets overlooked, however, is storage.
For the longest time, bathrooms, like kitchens, were all about the minimalist look, with sleek doors concealing the clutter.
In recent years, however, the advantages of open shelving have become me apparent, mainly because a simple shelf offers easy access at maximum speed.
While it works wonders in the kitchen n when you’re preparing dinner, an open shelf is just as useful in the bathroom when you need to o quickly nab a bath towel or a bar of soap before getting in the shower.
While it offers possibilities for display, especially for smaller indoor plants, it works best for frequently used items to prevent the chance of dust or mould growing. It also works wonders on your bathroom renovation budget — open shelves cost considerably less to install than cupboards or drawers.
This bathroom featuring walls in Dulux Porcelain Crab uses a combination of open and closed storage.
An open shelf below this double vanity in a bathroom by Arent & Pyke is a convenient spot for towels and toiletries.