A pair of traditional bathrooms by Natalie Du Bois

Subtly patterned tiles and wallpapers are teamed with modern fittings in these co-ordinated bathrooms by Du Bois Design
Story by: Colleen Hawkes
In this master bathroom, walls feature large tiles bathroom, home, interior design, property, real estate, room, sink, window, white, black
In this master bathroom, walls feature large tiles that have an iridescent floral mosaic pattern. All the bathrooms in the renovated home are decorated in shades of soft gray and black.

Finding design inspiration for bathrooms isn't always straightforward, but recognizing the need to provide visual continuity is a start.

When designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design set out to remodel three bathrooms and a powder room in this 1930s home, she was helped by the color palette of the kitchen, which she had redesigned.

"The owners loved the way the soft gray and dark charcoal tones in the kitchen suited the era of the house and decided they would like to continue these in the bathrooms," the designer says. "But it was also important to give each room its own identity, so there needed to be points of difference."


The vanity in the guest bathroom is painted bathroom, bathroom accessory, bathroom cabinet, bathroom sink, floor, flooring, home, interior design, plumbing fixture, product design, room, sink, tap, gray
The vanity in the guest bathroom is painted in a soft lemongrass color the same shade appears in the wallpaper.

Du Bois introduced similar custom vanities to each main bathroom, which are reminiscent of traditional painted wood washstands, albeit with modern fittings. All the vanities have marble tops that have been sealed with a resin.

"In the master ensuite the vanity is painted in a soft champagne color, while the guest bathroom vanity is in lemongrass, and the family bathroom vanity is charcoal. These shades also feature elsewhere in each bathroom."

The designer added patterned wallpapers to the guest and family bathrooms, in soft tones of silver and lemongrass, and silver and white. Walls below the dado line feature white tiles with a delicate silver stripe.

The medicine cabinet has mirrors on both sides bathroom, ceiling, countertop, floor, home, interior design, kitchen, room, sink, gray
The medicine cabinet has mirrors on both sides of the doors. With outlets inside the cabinet, the owners can shave and use hairdryers with the doors open.

"In contrast, walls in the larger master ensuite bathroom are tiled with extra-large 13in x 26in tiles that have a floral mosaic pattern. The tiles are iridescent the sparkle is amplified by a series of LED lights along the ceiling perimeter. The only wallpaper featuring in this bathroom is the dark charcoal wall behind the mirrored cabinet."

All the rooms have black floor tiles with textural irregularities. These provide a slight undulating, velvety feel underfoot underfloor heating enhances the sense of luxury.

Nov 17, 2014

Credit list

Bathroom designer
Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design (Auckland)
Basins in ensuite and family bathroom
Sfera Vessels
Shower enclosure in ensuite
Metro GlassTech
Shower fittings
Progetto Tube slide shower with rainhead
Tapware in ensuite
Progetto Tube swivel spout; Ponsi Vegamix
Heated towel rails
Scarpa from DCS
Ensuite wallpaper
Soie
Family bathroom wallpaper
Blake
Lighting
ECC; The Lighting Centre
Bins
Kitchen King
Ensuite vanity top
Bianco Lasa marble
Basins in guest bathroom
Roma 25 vessel
Shower enclosure in guest bathroom
Atlantis
Toilets
C62 Catalano
Tapware in guest bathroom
Ponsi Pegaso wall mount
Flooring
Ono Tiles from Mutina
Guest bathroom wallpaper
Cole & Son Malabar
Wall tiles
Necare in ensuite; Lux Bianco in guest and family bathrooms
Shutters
Santa Fe
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