Right off the shelf

Go ‘ac­cess all ar­eas’ in the bath­room, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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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.

Mischief man­aged

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.

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