Design expert Lanassir Lawes has been re-imagining the bathrooms in a family home
Our homes are one of the biggest investments that many of us will make. We carefully consider how much we spend on renovations and whether it would appeal to prospective purchasers should we wish to sell and move on.
When a property has been inherited and is to be retained by a family the thought process can be very different and the home can be more personal.
My clients’ house had not been modernised for almost 40 years since her grandparents had it built and the bathrooms were in need of an update. The basic layout was good but the fixtures and fittings were dated.
With several bathrooms in the property we were able to give each one a specific purpose – a power shower room by the gym, a family bathroom for the children, a downstairs wet room for the dog and a luxurious ensuite for the master bedroom.
The functions of each room were carefully considered with the style and design features such as funky hexagonal tiles in the children’s bathroom, easyto-clean large format tiles and a darker grout shade in the muddy dog shower and a simple fresh look in the gym shower.
The bedroom suite is spacious and the clients’ dream was to have a large jacuzzi bath in the bedroom and then a large shower, double basins and a sleek concealed toilet in the en-suite. There is a separate dressing room so there were no worries about steam and damp near the clothes.
A deep carpet was used in the bed area and then a wood effect luxury vinyl tile was fitted to the other half of the room for the bathing area. The colour scheme of purple and green flows throughout the suite.
The shimmering mosaic tiles combine the two colours and these are blended together in the heather tweed blind above the bath. Glamorous sparkly lights were selected to soften the look and add a feminine touch.
The shower was tiled with the same mosaic tile as a feature strip alongside a warm toned creamy travertine tile. We built in off-the-peg cabinets to match the vanity unit either side of the shower as useful storage for towels and toiletries. Storage in a bathroom is so important to keep the space clear of clutter and easy to use.
I really believe that giving bedrooms and bathrooms a little extra thought and maybe even moving away from the ‘norm’ can create what you really want and enhance our wellbeing.
NORFOLK BY DESIGN Lanassir Lawes, Swank Interiors, Norwich