Bathroom design complements farm and river outlooks through materials and layout

Trained on a picturesque river outlook, this airy bathroom brings the natural feel inside too

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Steph Creagh
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Wood-look ceramic floor tiles extend up the shower wall in this rural master ensuite by Yellowfox. The design also celebrates nature through its marble vanity benchtop and a long window that takes in river views. 

Nothing gets between you and the beautiful river outlooks in this light, bright master ensuite by designer Peta Davy of Yellowfox.

The view was a key aspect of the design in a brand new rural lodge-style home, Davy says.

“The owners wanted to take in the waterway while soaking in a tub and weren’t concerned with privacy as the home is on a secluded site.”

While space for the bathroom had already been allocated, she was able to achieve this by tweaking the layout to allow for a bay window at the end of the room with sufficient space for a large tub trained on the river setting.

Another request was that the homeowners be able to shower side by side, each with their own showerhead options. To achieve this and avoid interrupting the outlook, Davy designed a glass-fronted, open-ended, dual-entry shower stall. The shower zone is defined by the warm-toned ceramic wood-look tile that continues up from the floor to create the back wall of the stall.


“While the timber plank-like ceramic tiles, bring a sense of the natural setting indoors, elsewhere we used white tiles to balance the look.”

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​​​​​​​While a newly configured bay window provides the majority of the natural light for this bathroom, by designer Peta Davy of Yellowfox, the bathroom also has side windows.

Another prominent feature of the bathroom is the generous his-and-hers vanity opposite the shower. Dark-lacquered, with a chunky marble benchtop and splashback, the dual-basin piece has a furniture-like presence. Panelled cabinetry doors and open storage niches at the base give the vanity a classic-meets-rustic country appeal.

The ensuite is adjacent to an open combined wardrobe-dressing room, accessible via both the ensuite and the master bedroom. However, the dressing room has no window so the owners requested a make-up station in the bathroom.

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​​​​​​​A dressing room accessed by both the master bedroom and the master ensuite lacked natural light, so a make-up station was built under one of the bathroom’s side windows – to ensure plenty of natural task lighting.

“They wanted a separate space for hair and makeup in the bathroom proper without the concern of cluttering the vanity. In response, we positioned the small table beside the shower where she could sit or stand close to a window to ensure good natural light.

“The owners had dried clothes on heated towel rails in their previous bathroom, and as they’d liked that option we also added ladder rails here.

“Overall – because the owners weren’t afraid to introduce colour and texture – this master ensuite is both dramatic and visually timeless.”

Feb 14, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Peta Davy, Yellowfox
Cabinet manufacturer
Superior Kitchens
Bath
Otto Freestanding, from Robertson Bathroomware
Taps
Origins Basin Mixer Chrome fromRobertson Bathroomware
Toilet
Ellisse Toilet Suite, soft close seat
Flooring and shower
Crosswood Dust Matt 200x1200 tile from Tile Warehouse
Shutters
The Furnishing Room
Cabinetry
Lacquered MDF
Benchtop
Carrara marble, from ItalianStone
Basin
Remo Oval undermounted basin, from Robertson Bathroomware
Shower fittings
Vibrant 30cm, chrome
Accessories
Premium Round 26 Bar Wide Round Forme heated towel rails
General wallcoverings
Studio White Matt 300x600 tile from Tile Warehouse
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
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