Mirror wall adds sense of space to renovated bathroom

Contemporary spa-like space has multiple lighting sources, a freestanding bath and a modern, glass fronted shower

Story by: Charles Moxham
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In-cabinet, under counter lighting adds definition to this custom vanity.

There are often two sides to a complete bathroom renovation the physical graft, such as reconciling the floor levels and services, and then the more visible aspects that create the ambience.

And designer David Ellwood had both of these to address in full measure when it came to creating this airy bathing space. With the existing, dated spa tub pulled out and steps removed from the shower area, the floors were substantially reworked.

"In terms of the new look, the owners wanted a contemporary, spa-like space with a freestanding bath, a floor-mounted filler, a completely open shower, and a feeling of increased space," says Ellwood.


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Multiple light sources bring this toilet space alive, while glass bricks admit natural light.

In response, the designer introduced a mirror wall to one side on the bathroom and large-format mirrors above the vanity opposite. The new, open shower has a sloping floor another labour-intensive element and a stainless steel strip drain.

The clean-lined vanity, circular basins, large-format wall and floor tiles, and freestanding tub all add to the feel required.

However, as in the saying fancy lights and mirrors', it's the bathroom's almost magical, multi-source indirect lighting that really lets the space come into its own.

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Semi-transparent blinds admit light but retain privacy in this bathroom.

There are LED strips running under the benchtop and toekick, and the raised wall mirrors are backlit too. Plus the entire vanity is underlit and there are seven tiny wall-washing lights set into the wall tiles. These lights plus the spot lights overhead all run on five individual circuits so that every lighting scenario is possible.

To add to the sparkle, chrome inserts feature between every second tile row.

Dec 22, 2016

Credit list

Designer
David Ellwood, Design & Decorate WA
Benchtop
Corian, custom
Basin
400 in Ceramostal by Alape
Shower fittings
Waipori by Methven; Zen handpiece by Bossini, Liano shower mixer by Caroma
Flooring
Botticini porcelain tiles by Porcelanosa
Lighting
Faze wallwashers; downlights by Radiant Lighting; floor-mounted LEDs by Green
Blinds
Australian-designed blinds by Luxaflex Gallery
Vanity
Custom, with concealed lighting
Bath
Mozzano by Victoria+Albert
Taps
Basins Fili Frattini Gaia; Evolve floor-mounted bath filler and hand shower by Ramtaps
Accessories
Towel rails by Avenir
Wall coverings
Mirror wall; large-format porcelain tiles in Oliva and Biscuit by Porcelanoso and Granitogres
Ventilation
Ceiling-mounted stainless steel fan
Awards
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
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