Awards    People 15 Nov 2017

Jasmine Tamplin of Hawk Interiors talks about her shortlisted ‘Bathroom Design of the Year’ project

Jasmine Tamplin of Hawk Interiors talks us through her project that’s shortlisted for the Bathroom Design of the Year (under 15k) at the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2017.

“This project was an interesting one, particularly with a client who didn’t want the norm and therefore presented me with a challenge. However, this then allowed me to use different design techniques and materials that I had not used before, so it’s great to be recognised for this in the Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards.

“Classic contemporary was the brief for this bathroom. The client loved Neptune furniture, which by nature is quite classic cabinetry, made from solid wood; however, he also wanted to add contemporary elements so that the look wasn’t too traditional. One of these contemporary elements was an exposed brick wall.

“With Neptune furniture as a starting point, we picked a double vanity unit with countertop basins. To counteract this classic piece of furniture we then specified contemporary Villeroy & Boch brassware alongside a contemporary wall-hung toilet and a streamlined, modern Clearwater bath. The bath was chosen to not only appeal to the clients request for contemporary elements, but to also fit perfectly into the alcove space to the left of the room. Due to the streamlined nature of the bath, there were no ledges so we also created a niche in the wall for the client to store bottles/shampoo/etc. also meaning they would not clutter the visual appearance of the bath. As the wall behind the bath was just a stud wall, exposing existing brickwork was not an option. We, therefore, opted for brick slips to achieve the exposed brick wall that was specified in the client brief. This meant that they could be applied by a tiler rather than a bricklayer and would create a cleaner finish.

“The end result creates contrast and intrigue, sitting effortlessly behind the minimal white curved bath. There was also an archway covering a lot of this wall, so we took this back and squared it off to show off the wall behind and to ensure it was in-keeping with the other walls in the room. In order to combine the classic and contemporary elements seamlessly we then had to pick a colour scheme that would demonstrate this marriage. Instead of an all over colour, we opted for tongue and groove panelling painted in Neptune Shale and the remaining walls in Neptune Shell. The darker panelling created a great contrast against the light furniture and brought character to the space. To remain in-keeping with the soft natural colours and textures within this bathroom, we specified a smoked oak effect tile for the floor. A simple framed mirror brings an added feeling of space to the room and frames the Neptune vanity unit, which is topped with natural oak, while a sparkling chandelier hangs overhead, completing this classic contemporary space.”

The 2017 Designer Kitchen & Bathroom award-winning entries will be announced at The Bloomsbury Big Top, London on the 22nd November.

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