Contemporary bathroom addition has timber-look tile feature wall

Light and bright modern bathroom with freestanding tub, matching vanity basins and detailed joinery

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Sunlight, filtered through timber privacy shutters, lights up the timber tile feature wall and adds to the charm of this bathroom.The contemporary master suite design is by designer Anna Klimova at Studio Urbo. A large vanity wall mirror all but doubles the impression of the size of the bathroom.

It's a common enough design scenario, the need to connect a traditional interior with a contemporary addition. Of course, famously, the answer's often in the details.

Designer Anna Klimova from Studio Urbo created this bathroom as part of the alteration of and addition to an existing Victorian terrace house with rich detailing.

"The original bathroom was added in the mid 1930s and then renovated in the 1980s," says Klimova. "Its initial location was a small, narrow space near a study.

"Our brief was to transform the study into a modern luxury bathroom suite with a freestanding bath, a separate shower and a generous-sized vanity."

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The modest work station in this study is just around the corner from the homes bathroom addition. However, the window frames are original, though refinished.

To achieve this, Klimova removed existing walls to make a roomy study and connected master bathroom.

"To marry the historic and brand new, we added mouldings to a door between the reworked rooms and high skirtings in the study, echoing those seen elsewhere."

The original external windows were retained by the designer as another link between the ornate and the introduced.

"We also added a high level of custom modern woodworking detail in the bath-room such as pelmets and refined draw interiors. As another example, the vanity's recessed drawer pulls create a negative detail under the benchtop."

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A freestanding tub adds to the sense of space in this bathroom design.

With the kitchen and its plumbing directly underneath the new bathroom, reworking and rerouting the upstairs services was a tricky part of the project.

Ample storage had been another request hence the generous drawers and the addition of another wall cabinet.

"For a welcoming look, I introduced timber-look tiles on the feature wall and matching veneer joinery," says Klimova. "Together, they create a warm, inviting feel and are off-set by the white tub and basin which have similar forms."

Credit list

Anna Klimova, Studio Urbo
Stone Italiana
Moda Clarette from ACS Bathrooms
Vola toilet suite from ACS Bathrooms
Russine Rovere tiles from Earp Bros
Vanity cabinetry
Giuseppe Blanda,
Moda Ellipsis freestanding bath
Motivo Cubist basin mixer and shower mixer
Ferroker Rovere tiles from Earp Bros
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Paul Worsely

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