Blue hues

NZ House & Garden - - SPECIAL FEATURE / BATHROOMS -

It’s okay to be bold with colour in your bath­room. Not only that, it’s also per­fectly fine to use wall­pa­per in a bath­room in­sists de­signer Hay­ley Rodgers, from Wanaka’s Melanie Craig De­sign.

In this fam­ily bath­room in a Dunedin bun­ga­low, Hay­ley cov­ered two walls with tex­tu­ral wall­pa­per in deep navy blue. “The strong blue gives the room a boost, and the fine tex­ture of the paper adds in­ter­est.”

The bath­room, orig­i­nally three sep­a­rate spa­ces, was pulled to­gether to form a sin­gle new room. “There was a small bath­room, a sep­a­rate toi­let, and we also bor­rowed some space from the hall­way,” ex­plains Hay­ley. “In the de­sign, we wanted to ref­er­ence the his­tory of the home, but also make it feel up to date. The wall­pa­per helps make that link.”

A new win­dow was in­stalled. “Be­cause there are stained-glass win­dows in the rest of the home, we de­cided to make a fea­ture of it by com­mis­sion­ing a pair of pan­els in the same pat­tern, then placed a back-towall bath­tub di­rectly un­der the win­dow.”

A pair of white wall sconces adds to the sym­me­try. These and a round LED-back­lit mir­ror throw light onto the walls and high­light the tex­ture of the wall­pa­per, giv­ing it a 3D-look. “The idea was that these lights can be left on and the main ceil­ing light turned off to give more am­bi­ence while bathing.”

A van­ity top in Amer­i­can oak is off­set from the drawer unit be­low to cre­ate the max­i­mum amount of counter space on both sides of the round sculp­tural sink. >

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