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"People are making
their master bathrooms
and ensuites bigger
and more sanctuary
like... Rather than
just a space to be
functional, it's a place
you can enjoy and
spend more time in."
Muted tones and luxurious linen combine for six-star sophistication.
Bigger and more luxurious spaces are the new directions
for the contemporary bathroom, says Steve Johnson
of Retreat Design. And it's not just a trend for the master
bathroom; ensuites, too, are getting bigger and merging with
the bedroom to recreate the feel of a luxury hotel at home
(see p52). This design by Karol distinctly mirrors that six-star
feel, with a fitted, seamless look softened with ottomans and
lighting in linen. Oak flooring and ash-coloured oak veneer set
the mood with a warmth that only woodgrain can achieve, and
cream and latte tones complete the sophisticated palette. "There
is a beautiful feeling to wood -- rather than giving a strong
contrast like tiles, it gives a softer feel. And products are now
being designed to be more water-resistant," says Steve. The
star attraction of this bathroom is the statement shower, which
is mounted on a low plinth and screened only by a sheet of
frameless glass. Four glass panels in a muted aqua hue draw
the eye to the base and add the only shot of colour in this
neutral scheme. Adding a metallic touch (an important colour
trend for 2010) are the benchtops, which are in stainless steel.
"It looks good, doesn't rust and has a modern feel," says Steve.
In line with this 'now' look, clutter has been kept to a minimum
with mounted cabinetry, pipes hidden in walls and cupboards,
and a shelf drawer providing customised storage. "You don't
want anything to block out the view or confuse the space,"
says Steve of the contemporary bathroom. Retreat Design
(08) 6101 1190, www.retreatdesign.com.au.
How to bring in the look:
• Seamless finishes that don't attract the eye
make a room feel bigger and more luxurious.
• Wall-mounted cabinetry with customised
storage ensures a clutter-free space and a
more sophisticated aesthetic.
• A statement shower (or bath) adds an element
of indulgence to a bathroom.
• Woodgrain is an organic colour trend that gives
a warm, but contemporary, layer of decoration.
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