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What are the most important aspects
of the bathroom?
Most importantly, that the bathroom works. Being
a typical female I find it incredibly important to have
adequate storage in a bathroom. I think that everything
needs to have its place, and it should also be easy to
put things away.
For example -- I like to have power points where
you store items, like in the drawer for a hairdryer
or electric toothbrushes and razors. That way you
do not need to unplug things after use making it
easier to keep the space tidy.
What would you have on the floor?
I like large format tiles on the floor as, in my opinion,
less grout makes for a better floor. There are some
exquisite stone tiles on the market these days.
What's on the walls?
Again, I like to use large format tiles on the walls in
a bathroom, 300 x 600mm as a minimum. I tend to
use a plain white or o -white on the walls. I do tend
to feature a wall in a bathroom and will often use
the floor tile as the feature.
What's on the benchtops?
I use a lot of the reconstituted stone resin products in
bathrooms, like Essa Stone and Caesar Stone. There
are some great colours available in these ranges.
For the lighting?
It's important to have enough lighting for your needs
in the bathroom. I like to have ample lighting above
a mirror so that you can see what's what... even though
sometimes that's not a good thing! I also like to have
some atmosphere lighting in the space so that it can
be dimmed if you want to take a bath or have visitors
using the space. A bathroom should be able to be
tranquil, and give you somewhere to relax.
For the fixtures and fittings?
There are some lovely fixtures and fitting around and
so many places to choose from. Galvin Design Gallery
has just renovated its showroom and it showcases
some beautiful products. Reece Design in Claremont
also has a fabulous showroom and some great products
on display. I always find these showrooms inspiring.
An extra-special touch
I do like to use a feature basin in a guest powder room
to give the space a lift. Some of the basins now are like
a sculpture and I think what a beautiful place to use this
in a powder room that your visitors use. Whoever said
art had to be hung on the walls?
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