Blue tiles and warm wood make cheerful companions in these light-filled bathrooms

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Jacob Carter
​​​​​​​Clean-lined, aesthetically enduring and highly functional, this general architecture, bathroom, bathtub, floor, flooring, home, house, interior design, plumbing fixture, tile, toilet, blue, Frans Kamermans, Kamermans Architects
​​​​​​​Clean-lined, aesthetically enduring and highly functional, this general bathroom features a broad use of cool, pale blue subway-shaped tiles and warm-look Southland Silver Beech

Over complicating or over detailing a design can not only detract rather than enhance, it can also actually stand in the way of everything working well day to day. Luckily, these bold, alike bathrooms are the very antithesis of that.

The two bathrooms – a main bathroom and ensuite – were designed by award-winning architect Frans Kamermans in similar style. The two spaces reflect his thinking that strong shapes and a limited colour/material palette are more effective than a plethora of textures, tones and fussy detailing.


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​​​​​​​For this bathroom, the timber is a favourite of one owner while the blue tile is a favourite of the other. Chrome handles and accessories, all of similar form, provide accents. The bold, cheerful design – all but repeated on the ensuite in the home – is by architect Frans Kamermans.

“Having worked with us before, the owners agreed with our functional design approach which included one-piece vitreous china basins and tops rather than popular vessel-style vanity bowls,” says Kamermans. 

“Not only do they look clean and smart, they avoid the need for hard to clean, silicone joints between top and basin.”

Regarding the bathrooms’ bright aesthetic, design clues were taken from the owners. 

He, being from the South Island, chose Southland Silver Beech for the bathroom ceilings as well as the cabinets and ledges. Her favourite colour is blue, which was incorporated into various areas of the home, including the kitchen cabinetry, glass splashbacks, front door and the bathroom tiles. 

The pale blue floor and wall tiles contrast and complement the clear finish wood surfaces.

Timber lighting pelmets over the mirror-front wall cabinets extend use of the Southland silver beech. They also fall in with Kamermans’ thinking in terms of practical, honest design.

​​​​​​​This master ensuite has the same clean, bold architecture, bathroom, countertop, tap, tile, Frans Kamermans, Bathroom vanity
​​​​​​​This master ensuite has the same clean, bold look and feel of the main bathroom in the home. In a design where simplicity is to the fore, the ledge above the basins is in the same proportions as the wood pelmet – seen in images of the other bathroom.

“Often dedicated lighting in a bathroom can be from the ceiling, but there is a practical issue there in that with an overhead light, shadows fall across your face offering poor illumination for shaving or makeup,” he says. 

“By introducing pelmet lighting, the entire face is lit-up, a similar principle to ball lights round a makeup mirror in a Hollywood dressing room.”

In further pursuit of strength and simplicity, the taps, floor-standing tub pourer and the door handles are all of a similar contemporary form.

Even the towel rails continue the clean-lined chrome look. But, instead of going with a multi-rail, Kamermans introduced several shorter rails in symmetry. As well as offering plenty of towel space, aesthetically they look fantastic.

Sep 01, 2019

Credit list

Architect
Frans Kamermans, Kamermans Architects
Tub, main bathroom
Bette Starlet Oval bath, from Franklins
Taps
Treemme Klab, from Spazio Casa
Toilet
Catalano, from Plumbline
Flooring and wall coverings
Azzuro tiles, from Spazio Casa
Ventilation
Simex
Heated towel rail
DCS, from Plumbline
Blinds
Lahood; rail by Vanda Holdings
Vanities
Custom in Southland Silver Beech, designed by Kamermans Architects, built by Creative Kitchens
Basins
Catalano, from Plumbline
Shower fittings
Treemme, from Spazio Casa
Accessories
Progetto, from Plumbline
Lighting
Custom vanity fitting designed by Kamermans Architects; additional lighting by Lighthouse
Heating
Under-tile heating
Hot water systems
Rinnai, from SafeGas
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
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