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Another way to bring the outdoors in is with your
bathroom. Opening your bathroom can create the
aesthetics of an open retreat and not a room with
One of the main issues with an open bathroom is
privacy, so the way you combine your bathroom with
the outside, depends on the type of area you have to
Feature plants are great for an area that is restricted with
space. Selectively planted, plants can o er privacy and go a
long way o ering colour and the feel of a tropical holiday.
Worried about your privacy while standing in the
shower? Then consider a bath or spa and have it facing
onto a small courtyard or surrounded by frosted windows.
This allows for extra privacy and also makes the bath
a standout feature in the bathroom.
Screening provides the ultimate privacy for a
bathroom. Position your bathroom close to the fence
and use screening or thatching to enclose the area and
create extra solitude.
Karen Bryce from All Style Bathrooms says many
options are available that aid in maintaining your privacy
in the bathroom.
"There are some nice frosted glass styles around
that will help with light and also o er privacy," she says.
"But if you can, use clear glass and then install a wet
area-friendly blind so that when you have visitors you
can then open the blind."
"It creates a Balinese resort-style bathroom and
definitely creates the desired feel of an indoor/outdoor
bathroom," she says.
When incorporating a courtyard into a bathroom
it is important to keep the floor colours similar inside
and out. "If you're using a limestone or light colour tile
then continue this outside with limestone pavers or
pebbles and pavers come in so many di erent colours
now," says Karen.
Using the same floor material through the areas makes
the space larger and carries the bathroom through to the
courtyard. Materials such as stone can be featured inside
and outside linking the two.
A wall plaque outside can introduce colour and
design. Use similar colours in your bathroom to connect
the areas and consider incorporating lighting that can be
viewed from the bathroom.
"At night use outside lighting so it becomes part of
the bathroom experience," says Karen.
An outdoor shower is a fantastic addition to an
outside area. Outdoor showers are a luxury that can
be incorporated into any outdoor living design, and
you don't have to live by the coast to enjoy one.
Perfect for a quick cool down on a hot day or
to wash the salt and sand o after a trip to the
beach, outdoor showers can either blend into your
outdoor area or be transformed into a main feature.
If you don't have a pool then simply find a quiet
spot that you can turn into a small private retreat.
According to Karen, creating an outdoor
shower can be fun by incorporating the use of
mosaics, pebbles and the comfort of a large rain
"Outdoor showers always add to the outdoor
area as a gorgeous feature near the pool or spa,"
Consider positioning your outdoor shower in
an area that is slightly elevated so the water can
easily run away. If you don't have the space for an
outdoor shower, then a foot shower is a smaller
alternative that is ideal for coastal living.
KAREN SAYS TO USE
LARGE CLEAR WINDOWS
OR DOORS, WHERE PRIVACY
PERMITS, AND FOCUS
ON NATURAL COLOURS
AND TEXTURES THAT
OPEN THE AREA.
Images clockwise from top: Myaree Ceramics; All Style Bathrooms; Select Solutions; Myaree Ceramics.
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