This powder room effectively juggles visual interest and practicality – a feature vanity wall is played up while a less used shower is tucked away out of immediate sight

Designed by Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design

From the designer:

  • This bathroom is mainly used as a powder room but from time to time is also used as an additional guest bathroom.
  • As the room is used as a powder room more often, I hid the shower behind a tiled wall to create a less utilitarian looking space.
  • My homeowners were keen on a dark and moody aesthetic – so I specified a grey and black colour scheme, which is enhanced with a mix of soft light from the pendants and more dramatic Led lighting within the ceiling which washes down the walls.

  • A black embossed feature tile was specified to become a theatrical backdrop, with the balance of the floors and walls all tiled the same grey stone porcelain tile to keep the rest of the space more minimal looking.
  • Storage and benchtop surfaces were not a priority for this guest bathroom, however I suggested a small area be dedicated for toilet rolls and guest towels storage which I tucked away from sight behind the door so as to not take away from the dramatic look achieved around the basin area.
  • For a smallish room, this bathroom surprisingly doesn’t feel cramped – it has a large 1600mm shower space as well as ample storage and room to move.
  • Recessed niches within the shower and above the basin provide a handy location for toiletries while the basin shelf even has a power point fitted to the side out of view.
  • The toilet roll holder was placed to the side of the cabinetry unit to ensure the dramatic focal relief tiled wall is kept clean of any distractions.

Credit list

Solid surface, column, by Plumbline
Buddy in aged iron, by Plumbline
Catalano, from Plumbline
Wall coverings
Urban Style and Bass relief porcelain tiles, supplied by Du Bois Design
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Runner-up
Vanity cabinetry and benchtop
Black stained oak, by NZ Panels
Shower fittings
Urban style Euro, supplied by Du Bois Design
Amp lamp – Norman Copenhagen, supplied by Du Bois Design

Designed by: Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Olivia Atkinson

12 Feb, 2023

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