Modern elements and classic detailing combine in this two-tone bathroom

Black is matched with white and classic with contemporary in this bathroom, which also finds a mid point between masculine lines and a softer ambience

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Classic detailing dovetails with modern design in this bathroom by Leon House. Don’t be fooled by the ornate cornices, high kickboards and wainscot panels – the space is brand new. The vanity has long storage drawers along with makeup drawers in the upper tier.

Looking to the corners of this space you could be forgiven for thinking it’s a traditional room in a classic home. This, however, isn’t the case.

The new bathroom – in a brand new home – is by award-winning designer Leon House.

“I wanted a classical-meets-contemporary look for the space, but without over-thinking it,” says House. 

“Detailing like ceiling cornices and wall panels set a classical backdrop while elements like the freestanding tub and the floating, unfitted look of the vanity bring a furniture-like appeal that works well with that aesthetic.”

​​​​​​​Even the artwork over the freestanding tub gets bathroom, bathroom accessories, tiled floor, bathroom design, plumbing fixtures, tap, white, Leon House
​​​​​​​Even the artwork over the freestanding tub gets the black frame treatment in a design where the mirrors, shower stall and cabinetry all have a similar delineating feature.

Playfully contrasting this feel is the modern shower stall, the ladder-cum-shower ledge and the clean lines of the vanity design itself.

“The long, uncluttered vanity plays with openness and levels,” says House. “And part of this was having the basin formed out of the same stone as the benchtop. While the stone could have been masculine and cold looking, I avoided this by setting it into the vanity body, which frames and softens its presence.”

And the black framing motif is continued on the wall mirrors and around the shower door.

“The classic tones work in with this look too – a dark floor with white walls and ceiling.”

Credit list

Leon House
Vanity sink and benchtop
Elba Dolomite
Hot water systems:
Wall trim
Painted Dulux Natural White
Mouldings painted Dulux natural white
Dimension 8
Custom, wood veneer
Shower fittings
Axor Starck
Charcoal tiles, 600 x 300, from Myaree Ceramics
Wall tiles
Carrara 50 x 50 tiles, from Myaree Ceramics
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathroom – Winner

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Peter Ellery

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