New master suite with freestanding tub

Master suite by Jennie Dunlop features sculptural bathtub, dark marble wall tiles, limestone floor tiles, cantilevered vanity

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A dark charcoal-gray carpet established the color palette for this master suite designed by Jennie Dunlop. Because the suite is in a house that will be sold, the palette was kept neutral, yet contemporary.

An adventurous approach to interior design is all very well, but when you are designing an interior for a house that will be sold, it can pay to be a little more circumspect.

That was the idea behind this master suite designed by interior designer Jennie Dunlop, who says the interior needed to be in keeping with the scale of the home and its prestigious location.

"The house is at the top end of the market," she says. "It has a contemporary architectural style, and we wanted to echo that inside, without making it too slick or minimal. The house needed to appeal to a wide range of buyers."

In planning the palette of colors and materials, Dunlop says she prefers to start at the floor and layer up from there.

"For the bedrooms in this house, I chose a charcoal-gray carpet, which adds a comfort factor and helps with sound insulation. And while the carpet is quite dark, it is still a neutral element that works well with many different colors. Here, it is teamed with warm white walls, which are a nice foil for the carpet."

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Furniture in this master suite was provided by DMI HomeStagers. It includes a mirrored chest that adds to the sense of glamour. Similarly, the organic shape of the freestanding tub ensures the look is not too slick or sterile.The design is by Jennie Dunlop.

Warm neutrals continue in the ensuite bathroom, which features expansive tiling.

Large limestone tiles were chosen for the flooring, while an accent wall features darker marble tiles with a highly distinctive veining.

"This tile is a very rich, chocolate shade, which adds visual interest without being too bold," says the designer.

In contrast to the crisp lines of the bathroom and the contemporary tapware, Dunlop chose more organic forms for the freestanding tub and the asymmetrical twin basins.

The concept of pampering was also a design influence, the designer says.

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Contemporary master suite

"In recent times there has been a noticeable trend towards more glamorous bathrooms with spa-like qualities," she says. "The curves help to balance the hard lines and soften the look."

The tub is positioned in front of the low window so that bathers can enjoy the harbour view beyond.

The view is also reflected in one of the mirrors above the cantilevered vanity.

"Floating the vanity above the floor makes the room seem more spacious although it is already large. We also introduced drawers with recessed handles, to keep the look crisp and modern," says Dunlop.

Credit list

Interior designer
Jennie Dunlop, Dunlop Design
Vanity cabinetry
Custom design by Jennie Dunlop, manufactured by Johannes Erren
Bath, basin, taps, toilet and shower fittings
Robertson Agencies
Bedroom furniture
DMI HomeStagers
Classic Developments
Vanity top
Honed Affumicato marble from Artedomus
Floor and wall tiles
Limestone and Manhattan marble

Story by: Trendsideas

30 Dec, 2013

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