Corrugated iron-look wallpaper provides backdrop for powder room

Modest powder room's wow factors include metal-look wallcovering, sculptural basin, textured glass window and solid oak floors and shelving

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Kallan Macleod
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A wall-height smoked glass mirror behind the sculptural basin contributes to the relatively subdued aesthetic requested by the owner for this powder room. Natural oak floors, skirtings, and oak shelving bring balance to the corrugated-look wallpaper. The designer wall covering has metallic highlights picked up by the rooms lighting.

A great ambience can be achieved just as effectively in a quietly considered space, as one thrown brashly into the limelight, as these powder rooms demonstrate.

The initial thing to greet the eye in this first powder room, created by designer Natalie Du Bois, is the Italian freestanding Mimi basin by Gessi. Looking more like a fluid sculpture than a utility, its curved sides rise to a moulded square basin with softened edges and a sculpted interior.

The pedestal basin is matched with a wall-mounted Mimi basin mixer also by Gessi a mini sculptural event in its own right. The tap's sleek make-up of squares and curves echoes the form of the basin.


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Even the interior of the Gessi basin has a scupltural look in this powder room. A Mimi mixer by Gessi is set in the powder rooms smoked mirror wall surface. The curves and lines of the faucet pick up on the form of the freestanding basin.

"The owner wanted a subdued rather than a bright feel for this room," says Du Bois. "To help achieve this, I introduced a floor-to-ceiling smoked mirror behind the basin. This has the function of a normal mirror and adds to the sense of space, but without bouncing too much light around."

Another feature of the powder room is the corrugated iron-look wallpaper which has an almost tactile, 3D quality.

Du Bois says that despite it depicting a cool metal, the wallcovering achieves a surprising sense of warmth. The wallpaper also has reflective highlights, picked up by the room's understated lighting.

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This powder room by designer Natalie Du Bois features a contemporary pedestal basin with a pleasing combination of curves and straight lines.

The metallic look of the wallpaper is balanced by warm solid oak floors, wainscoting and shelving.

"While the room has a relatively simple palette, its aesthetic is enhanced through subtle details for example, the patterned window glass affords privacy and also creates interest," Du Bois says.

Feb 09, 2017

Credit list

Designer
Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design
Taps
Mimi wall-mounted basin mixer by Gessi
Wallcoverings
O&L Teatro corrugated metal effects wallpaper
Toilet
Catalano Zero 62, with slim, soft-close seat
Accessories
Mimi hand towel rail, toilet roll holder, and soap holder all by Gessi; oak shelving
Sink
Mimi by Gessi
Flooring and skirtings
Light oak timber
Mirror
Smoked glass
Ventilation
Halliday and Baillie
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