‘I WANTED A SPACE THAT FELT EARTHY AND CALM’ Shades of green cre­ate a re­lax­ing vibe in a bath­room

Shades of green have cre­ated a stylish, re­lax­ing vibe in this re­designed bath­room

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What did you want to achieve?

When my hus­band and I first moved here in 2014, we were work­ing to a tight bud­get so we sim­ply painted the walls white and in­stalled ba­sic san­i­tary­ware. But I started to crave a more in­di­vid­ual room that would be a re­lax­ing, peace­ful space.

Who de­signed the lay­out?

It was a joint ef­fort be­tween me and the won­der­ful ar­chi­tects from Yel­low Cloud Stu­dio, whose of­fice is nearby. It was through their ex­per­tise that my vi­sion be­came a re­al­ity. We spent hours dis­cussing ideas, flip­ping through brochures and ex­am­in­ing sam­ples. They then of­fered a de­tailed pro­posal, which in­cluded ma­te­ri­als, colours, prod­ucts and fin­ishes, with re­al­is­tic 3D im­ages.

What did the work in­volve?

I was so ex­cited when I saw the plans and couldn’t wait to get started! The first job was rip­ping ev­ery­thing out, al­though I kept the Vic­to­ria Plum bath be­cause I knew it would fit in well with the new de­sign. Pre­vi­ously, our pedestal basins were next to each other, but there was no stor­age. I al­ways thought they were too close, so we de­cided to move the basins to the op­po­site wall. We put the bath in the mid­dle, with a new basin and drawer unit on ei­ther side of the chim­ney breast. Next, we po­si­tioned the toi­let and shower on the other side of the room, to make the space ap­pear more bal­anced.

Tell us what in­flu­enced the scheme

It was a com­bi­na­tion of var­i­ous things. Grow­ing up on a farm in the mid­dle of the coun­try­side was a key in­flu­ence, hence the shades of green. I’m also a big fan of black – it’s so­phis­ti­cated, time­less and easy to keep clean. If there are small units or ar­eas within a room, I pre­fer look­ing at a dark colour rather than white. I chose to use mar­ble and coloured plaster to cre­ate a Si­cil­ian feel – it’s a favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion and these ma­te­ri­als are used a lot there. The Ital­ian-style plaster on the walls pro­vides not only tex­ture and sub­tle pat­tern, but also re­minds me of sum­mers spent in Si­cily. It can be sealed with ei­ther a matt or pol­ished fin­ish and it’s in­cred­i­bly prac­ti­cal, as it can be cleaned and buffed up to look new.

Where did the idea of the fold­ing doors come from?

I’d seen sim­i­lar ones I’d liked, but when I checked the price they were pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive, so the builders built these to my own de­sign. They al­low light into the bath­room, mak­ing it feel bright and airy, and have a Ja­pa­nese feel.

How did you find your builders?

There has been a lot of work go­ing on in the area re­cently so I chat­ted to a few builders and a lo­cal lady rec­om­mended Rimi Ren­o­va­tions. The bath­room took about two weeks to com­plete. Mind you, the builders had been with us for about eight months by then and I was ready to have my house back!

Are you pleased with the re­sult?

Yes, I love our ensuite bath­room. I wanted a space that felt earthy and calm, and I think that’s been achieved, thanks to the ar­chi­tects be­ing able to in­ter­pret my thoughts and com­bine them with their own vi­sion. I like stone floors and knew the grey tones would work well with the coloured plaster – I couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sult.

Karen’s Tri­an­gle House was short­listed for this year’s New

l Lon­don Ar­chi­tec­ture’s Don’t Move, Im­prove! awards

SHOWER EN­CLO­SURE The pat­terned wall tiles pro­vide a stun­ningcon­trast to the sleek black shower frame and taps

FOLD­ING DOORS Re­plac­ing solid wooden doors with a bespoke Ja­pa­nese-style glass panel de­sign al­lows light to fil­ter into the room while pro­vid­ing pri­vacy

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