Ensuite and dressing area get new look and functionality that won’t date over time

A soft, watery palette, graceful curves and great space planning creates a peaceful, easy feeling for this harbourside master ensuite renovation

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​​​​​​​Part of the brief to design company Minosa for this ensuite and dressing area was for a look and functionality that wouldn’t date. The combination of a subtle tonal palette, curved elements – including a vanity with swing-out corner cupboard doors – and a considered use of space has achieved just that.

Located in a harbourside setting, the 1990s residence with this bathroom needed updating. The master suite was generous, but floor space was poorly utilised with many transitions, a dark walk-in robe, and awkward bay window.

The homeowners, a professional couple with two young children, wanted to transform the existing suite into a private sanctuary, says designer Darren Genner who along with designer Simona Castagna reinvented the space.

“Essentially, we wanted to create a warm, fresh, inviting space, with a sense of calm that wouldn’t date over time,” says Genner.

“We combined bathing and dressing spaces to enhance the size and functionality of the floor area. The shower enjoys complete privacy behind one side of the central blade wall, while the toilet area tucked behind the other side has a privacy wall between it and the dressing area.“

​​​​​​​The long line of dressing room cabinetry isn’t white, gray
​​​​​​​The long line of dressing room cabinetry isn’t quite as long as it looks in this reorganised master suite by Minosa. A floor-to-ceiling mirror st the back adds light and a sense of increased space.

The dressing area with wall cabinetry and full-height mirror runs along the opposite side of the room to a large bay window. To brighten the dressing space, an opaque textured glass dividing wall between the shower and toilet areas admits further light to supplement the light coming through from the open vanity and bathtub area of the reconsidered ensuite.

“Bay windows were a prevalent feature of 90s architecture, but the one in this bathroom was an element the owners wanted to downplay,” says Castagna. 

“Busy mornings and bath times were pinch points as the space was unusable by more than two at once. And the bay window with its awkward floor area was part of the problem.”

​​​​​​​The bath in this master suite has plenty gray
​​​​​​​The bath in this master suite has plenty of space around it to make life easier at children’s bath time.

The new layout employs the bay window area as an entry to the shower, making good use of what was otherwise a tricky space to utilise.

“We introduced clean refined lines, such as with the datum line, to direct focus into the space and unify the area,” says Genner. “And we added mosaics to the lower walls for texture.

“The line creates an optical illusion that draws your attention away from the dated bay window. Plus the junctions are perfectly in line and flush with each other, which is no easy feat.”

A refined powder blue custom vanity with curved edges amplifies the organic lines of the bath and round mirror-mounted sconces. The vanity has a double basin and plenty of storage, including elegant, rounded corner cabinets.

The soft tones and curved elements of the bathroom evoke the home’s wider water setting.

Credit list

Darren Genner and Simona Castagna, Minosa
Bath and basins
Gareth Ashton Byron
Shower fittings
Astra Walker Icon
Gessi Goccia
Mosaic, from Artedomus
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Runner-up
Vanity cabinetry
ilBagno Antonio LupiBenchtop: Corian
Gessi Goccia
Astra Walker Pura
Rock On tiles
Underfloor heating

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Nicole England

16 Feb, 2020

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