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Glossy subway tilework, a wall decal, and a custom nib wall with hidden storage are just some standout elements in this modern, light-filled bathroom

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Bright and modern is one thing – bright, modern and timeless may well be another. Here, the choice of classic subway tiles in an upbeat 1/3 offset pattern is a key element in a crisp design that won't fall from grace.

Replacing a tired, smaller version, this roomy bathroom by designer Julie-Ann Ross borrows space from an adjacent linen cupboard to create a generous shower stall and also provide plenty of room to move.

"The owner wanted an appealing and enduring look so we went with a glossy white tile laid in a third-offset pattern – tricky for the tiler but flowing to the eye.

"We chose dark-toned resin grouting, which makes the tiles pop but also avoids any discolouration over time," she says.

Contrasting the white tile, simple grey tiles feature on the floor, nib wall, and bath surround. The use of classic tiles, neutral colours and an easy-to-switch wall decal ensure the bathroom can keep pace with colour trends without need to remodel.


Hidden storage comes in the form of an inset side mirror cabinet and the nib wall containing a push action storage cabinet. This custom piece was by the designer.

The expanded shower stall has a low wall niche to rest the foot in when shaving legs, while the modern door slider mechanism complements the chrome tapware.

A multi-jet bath adds a pampering feel to the space as does the ceiling-mounted rainhead and the multi-flow shower. The recessed television is viewed from the bath.

Credit List

DesignerJulie-Ann Ross, Design Arc
VanityMichel Cesar Area 900 vanity, white oak
BathEnglefield Sapphire Spa bath
TapsVado Tonic Basin mixer, Modern WaterWare waterfall bath spout
Shower stallAtlantis Linea Quattro with sliding door
Shower fittingsAquatica Squardo shower head; Hansgrohe Puravida 1500 3-jet hand shower with Puravida Unica 900 wall bar; Dorf Epic shower mixers
TileworkFloor, skirting, and nib wall, Dark Shadow Natural; shower walls and bath surround, White Gloss subway tiles. All from Tile Centre
ToiletHeirloom Loft BTW Suite
AccessoriesAtlantis Easy Niches; wall decal – Wall Dot from Happy Moose
LightsCentre light, LED Button Circle; mirror light, LED Angle Profile; Shower, MiniLightz from Switch Lighting
AwardsTrends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathroom – highly commended

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