Utopia    Real Home 13 Jul 2017

This multi-dimensional scheme blends textural stones with shaded glass to create a naturally beautiful space


Less is more is the philosophy behind this sophisticated, luxurious ensuite bathroom which, just as the homeowners wanted, perfectly recreates that five star hotel aesthetic. A large mirrored bathroom cabinet for storage helps to create that minimalist look while bespoke pieces like the double basin add a unique element to the space. “We knew exactly what we wanted from the
 start,” explains homeowner, Paula Evans.
“Thanks to google we were able to come up
with pictures we had seen online for inspiration
 so we were brimming with ideas.”

The couple wanted their ensuite to feel as spacious as possible so they opted for an open-plan design with a wall-mounted WC and freestanding bath. The design features low-level lighting, including one that comes on under the sink, for a more spa-like vibe while relaxing in the evening. “Lighting is hugely important in any bathroom,” said Ripples designer, Katie Gisby. “The homeowners wanted to create low-level mood lighting to bring out the warmth in the room. I added the recessed lights in the shower and the LED strip is there to enhance the atmosphere in the room – they also blend well with the textures we have used.”

“The house itself is mock Georgian and although the homeowners wanted it to be modern I felt natural materials like slate would be sympathetic to the style,” said Katie. Paula and David love the slate brick feature wall along the back of the bath, which enhance the monochrome colour scheme and adds texture as well as a unique visual element to the overall design.

“We wanted a monochrome colour scheme because it’s so timeless, it won’t get dated after a few years and also it’s so versatile,” said Paula. “We spent a lot of time researching online to find the right designs for us so we just needed someone to make what we wanted a reality.” David, a lawyer, and Paula, who runs her
own wedding cake business, both had a
lot of input into their bathroom design, something Katie also highly recommends.

“It’s so important to research and gather some ideas of what you like,” said Katie. “Then head
 to a design expert to pull your ideas together and create something that not only looks great but is practical too. There were many technical aspects to this room, which needed a designer to understand. You have to consider all of the finer details, for example, in this bathroom, the valves match the glass and it’s these subtle details that really lifts this space and gives it a luxurious edge.”

Paula and David love their new ensuite but they’re especially delighted with the powerful Hansgrohe shower housed in a large cubicle space. “We definitely weren’t interested in a ‘dance around in the rain’ type of shower where you’re stuck there for ages trying to get the shampoo out of your hair,” laughed Paula. “We have really good water pressure here with water pumps at either end of the house, so we wanted to take advantage of that and get something really powerful. It has a big square chrome head, built into the ceiling, and the shower is perfectly contained in a wet-room area thanks to the slightly L-shaped bathroom space.”

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Published in Utopia Kitchen & Bathroom Magazine