Bath­room case study

Bath­rooms needn’t be white-tiled, clin­i­cal spa­ces. see how colour and shape cre­ate a fresh, un­con­ven­tional look

Living Etc - - HOMES ⁄ ETC - words / linda clay­ton * pho­tog­ra­phy / Gary sum­mers/smd pho­tog­ra­phy

Bold shades are the key to this vi­brant fam­ily-friendly room

In­side story

THE PROP­ERTY A semi-de­tached, two-bed­room for­mer con­vent in oxford.

THE PROJECT A guest bed­room has been trans­formed into a fam­ily bath­room with a liv­ing room feel and un­usual pair­ings.


THE DE­SIGNER Anne roberts, Day true. DE­SIGN BRIEF A blank can­vas, which can make a de­signer’s heart sing or sink. for Anne it was mainly the for­mer. ‘this space was orig­i­nally a bed­room, so we had a clean slate to cre­ate some­thing new,’ she says. ‘But we had to work around a fairly sub­stan­tial struc­tural beam, so it wasn’t all plain sail­ing.’ As this is the main fam­ily bath­room, the own­ers wanted it to be child friendly and to re­flect the play­ful style of the rest of their home, which is filled with bold colour and mod­ern de­sign.

LAY­OUT the win­dow height and po­si­tion dic­tated the lo­ca­tion of key fit­tings, as did the steel beam. for­tu­nately, the own­ers were will­ing to forgo the con­ven­tional ‘bath un­der the win­dow’ set-up, al­low­ing Anne to cre­ate a large walk-in shower space un­der the beam and po­si­tion the van­ity unit cen­tre stage.

FUR­NI­TURE the van­ity area fea­tures a beau­ti­ful hand­made ves­sel basin and fur­ni­ture sup­ported on easel-style legs. ‘the mir­ror and light are off-cen­tre to cre­ate a quirky vi­gnette and the choice of black for both makes a strong con­trast with the wood-ef­fect tiles be­hind,’ says Anne.

SUR­FACES there were two ways to han­dle the steel beam: hide it or make some­thing of it. the own­ers went for the lat­ter and lit­tle Greene’s or­ange Aurora in­tel­li­gent eggshell makes their point loud and clear. to en­sure the or­ange truly pops, the walls were painted in deep blue ju­niper Ash, also by lit­tle Greene. ‘the over­all look is mod­ern, eclec­tic and strong, and we de­lib­er­ately chose wood­ef­fect porce­lain tiles to help keep it from be­ing too tra­di­tion­ally “bath­room”,’ says Anne.

FIT­TINGS ‘we chose a cata­lano wc, as that brand of­fers good value for great de­sign, and we went for cea brass­ware in stain­less steel for a slightly more lux­u­ri­ous, con­tem­po­rary look,’ says Anne. the mod­ern egg-shaped bath is made from com­pos­ite stone, so it is easy to clean and also spa­cious enough for

bathing chil­dren, while a sin­gle clear shower screen pro­vides pro­tec­tion from spray, with­out clut­ter­ing the space.

LIGHT­ING AND AC­CES­SORIES Be­ing south-fac­ing, the bath­room has very good lev­els of nat­u­ral light, while spot­lights in the ceil­ing take over when the sun fades. A dis­tinc­tive black An­gle­poise-style wall light en­hances the all-im­por­tant liv­ing room feel. the own­ers also added a vi­brantly pat­terned blind with splashes of or­ange and blue, and colour­ful art­work to per­son­alise the room.

STYLE TAKE­AWAY Don’t be afraid of dec­o­rat­ing a bath­room with colour and un­usual pat­terns. As long as your ma­te­ri­als are tech­ni­cally ap­pro­pri­ate, you can treat it like any other room of the house.

clock­wise from top left lit­tle Greene’s or­ange Aurora in­tel­li­gent eggshell brings the beam into sharp re­lief; the retro shape of the rexa van­ity has the look of a vin­tage record player cabi­net; and a sin­gle-panel shower screen pro­vides seam­less en­try, while non-in­tru­sive fit­tings keep the area un­clut­tered

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