Off-set white subway tiles are a feature of this bathroom renovation

Glossy subway tilework, a wall decal, and a custom nib wall with hidden storage are just some standout elements in this modern, light-filled bathroom

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Additional space was borrowed from an adjacent linen cupboard to create this roomy, reinvented bathroom space by designer Julie-Ann Ross.

Bright and modern is one thing bright, modern and timeless may well be another. Here, the choice of classic subway tiles in an upbeat 1/3 offset pattern is a key element in a crisp design that won't fall from grace.

Replacing a tired, smaller version, this roomy bathroom by designer Julie-Ann Ross borrows space from an adjacent linen cupboard to create a generous shower stall and also provide plenty of room to move.

"The owner wanted an appealing and enduring look so we went with a glossy white tile laid in a third-offset pattern tricky for the tiler but flowing to the eye.

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Appealing subway tilework and a colourful wall decal feature in this bathroom.

"We chose dark-toned resin grouting, which makes the tiles pop but also avoids any discolouration over time," she says.

Contrasting the white tile, simple grey tiles feature on the floor, nib wall, and bath surround. The use of classic tiles, neutral colours and an easy-to-switch wall decal ensure the bathroom can keep pace with colour trends without need to remodel.

Hidden storage comes in the form of an inset side mirror cabinet and the nib wall containing a push action storage cabinet. This custom piece was by the designer.

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Compact storage includes a push action storage cabinet hidden in a nib wall in this bathroom by designer Julie-Ann Ross

The expanded shower stall has a low wall niche to rest the foot in when shaving legs, while the modern door slider mechanism complements the chrome tapware.

A multi-jet bath adds a pampering feel to the space as does the ceiling-mounted rainhead and the multi-flow shower. The recessed television is viewed from the bath.

Credit list

Julie-Ann Ross, Design Arc
Englefield Sapphire Spa bath
Shower stall
Atlantis Linea Quattro with sliding door
Floor, skirting, and nib wall, Dark Shadow Natural; shower walls and bath surround, White Gloss subway tiles. All from Tile Centre
Heirloom Loft BTW Suite
Centre light, LED Button Circle; mirror light, LED Angle Profile; Shower, MiniLightz from Switch Lighting
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Michel Cesar Area 900 vanity, white oak
Vado Tonic Basin mixer, Modern WaterWare waterfall bath spout
Shower fittings
Aquatica Squardo shower head; Hansgrohe Puravida 1500 3-jet hand shower with Puravida Unica 900 wall bar; Dorf Epic shower mixers
Atlantis Easy Niches; wall decal Wall Dot from Happy Moose
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)

Story by: New Zealand TIDA Bathrooms

Photography by: Graham Warman

27 Jul, 2016

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