In this com­pact, two-bed­room apart­ment, a stone’s throw from Auck­land’s Mis­sion Bay, de­signer Shane Ge­orge from Kitchens By De­sign was asked to com­pletely re­think his client’s kitchen and bath­rooms – and herein lay his first dilemma: whether to com­bine the ex­ist­ing small bath­room and toi­let into one larger bath­room.

“I re­sisted the temp­ta­tion to knock the two into one, in­stead keep­ing the two rooms as they were. I thought it would give more ver­sa­til­ity in the long run.

“My client wanted a cool, light and crisp aes­thetic through­out her apart­ment, which meant I had to work hard in this small room [1.6 x 2.7m] to not only fit ev­ery­thing in, but also make it feel fresh and airy.”

To cre­ate more space, Shane took out the orig­i­nal cramped shower and re­placed it with a gen­er­ous walk-in one. A che­quer­board-pat­tern tile de­fines this area and the same-sized plain white tile used in the rest of the room gives con­ti­nu­ity. Large con­crete-look floor tiles fin­ish the look.

“For the tap­ware, shower, fix­tures and fit­tings, and the edg­ing around the shower glass, I went all black,” says the de­signer. “This not only de­fined each item, but also pulled them to­gether vis­ually.”

In such a small room, light­ing is su­per­im­por­tant. “In ad­di­tion to re­cessed ceil­ing lights, a back­lit fea­ture mir­ror and un­der­lit can­tilevered van­ity gives the il­lu­sion that these two el­e­ments are float­ing.” >

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