Marble-look Spanish tiles, dark joinery, and black framed elements create a sense of luxury for this master bathroom

Often renovations are shackled by available space, existing plumbing, even structural dictates – this master suite, however, tells a different story

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​​​​​​​Marble look Spanish tiles, dark joinery, and black framed elements create a sense of luxury for this master bathroom by Darren James Interiors.

This award-winning master suite is nothing short of  luxurious, with designer Darren James overcoming several structural hurdles to ensure the space was everything the owner could have dreamed of. He literally pushed the boundaries from the outset by extending the suite’s footprint.

“The owner had purchased the waterfront home, constructed in 2001, with a vision of a comprehensive renovation,” says Darren James. “For the master suite, he asked for a masculine influence with generous proportions.”

“He really wanted the bathroom to have the look of an international standard hotel ensuite. However, to accommodate this, the area itself had to be reconfigured due to awkward existing waste locations and a lack of available space.”

To cater to the owner’s desires, Darren James developed an open-plan ensuite by introducing an additional structural beam to span from the existing shower wall to the exterior wall.

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​​​​​​​This shower nook is continued in the same marble-look Spanish tiles as the rest of the bathroom, making the ensuite appear visually bigger than it is. Concealed LED lighting on the vanity is repeated in the shower’s soap niche to highlight the detail.

“To reconfigure this bathroom, the floor was first x-rayed to enable us to core drill new waste locations through the slab. In addition, an under-used balcony area was closed in and incorporated into the new design.”

This complete reconfiguration allowed the designer to create a more generous footprint that could accommodate a freestanding spa bath, a double shower, large vanity and private toilet.

To achieve the five-star feel desired, James created a moody, masculine look through the use of a darker colour palette, including natural stone-look Spanish tiles and deep wood joinery. Black metal frames were designed for the shower screen, echoing the framing of the mirror cabinets and the picture frame at the threshold between bedroom and ensuite.

​​​​​​​Catering to the owners’ desire for a pampered bed, bed frame, bed sheet, bedding, bedroom, black, brown, comfort, cushion, design, duvet cover, floor, furniture, hardwood, home, house, interior design, lighting, nightstand, pillow, room, textile, wall, wood, black
​​​​​​​Catering to the owners’ desire for a pampered feel, the design for this master bedroom includes a custom bedhead with wood panelling and classic millwork – mimicking a sense of ‘hotel luxury’.

The custom joinery around the bath provided not only a unique design feature but a usable shelf for the tub and more casual storage.

“To balance out these darker selections, pops of white were introduced in the form of Corian solid surface for the vanity top, integrated basin and, more innovatively, to clad the spa bath.”

Strategically positioned recessed LED lights highlight various elements in the bathroom and heighten the dramatic feel of the space.

“The bedroom extends the moody palette through soft furnishings, rich wood and a deep paint selection. A standout feature is the custom bedhead – its modern take on classic millwork panelling adding an extra layer of opulence.”

Credit list

Darren James Interiors
Vanity top and bath plinth
Solid Surface Designer White Corian
Energy 7720, seamless under-mounted in Designer White Corian
Shower fittings
Raindance Connect 240 Showerpipe, chrome, from Rogerseller
Marvel Greystone 450x900 Lappato Uptiles in ensuite; solid Blackbutt timber with clear satin finish in master bedroom
LED ribbon and LED downlight, from Caribou
Pilbara Sheer Curtains in Taupe, from Maurice Kain
Feelwood range in TobaccoGladstone Oak, by Egger
Oberon Whisper Spa Bath by Villeroy & Boch
Eccentric Wall Mount Mixer, chrome, from Rogerseller
Elegance, chrome
Riverstone paint by Porters Paint; Marvel Greystone tile
Tastic Neo Vent Module, White, 35101, from IXL Appliances
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Toby Scott

18 Dec, 2019

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