Dramatic tiles evoking a moody and textural ambience are teemed with soft curved, high-end accessories for this bathroom

Designed by Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design

From the designer:

This bathroom was designed specifically for my homeowners' overnight guests.

The owners felt the previous bathroom had been too light and sparse looking and asked for a more intimate and moodier look for the new design.

Given the existing concrete floor and walls, there were restrictions with plumbing. 

The main challenge was to ensure the reinvented bathroom looked and felt totally different, even with these restrictions.

A moody and textural material pallet was specified – this is comprised of dark burnished metal-look porcelain tiles and lighter grey rock salt porcelain tiles which were specified to flow from the hallway into the bathroom and up the back wall.

The mirror, tapware and bathroom fixtures have all been chosen for their soft, gradual curves which create a flow on effect to each other – even the tiles were chosen for their flowing patterns. 

The smoked bronze lighting and door hardware (including doorstops) were specified to work with the gun metal tapware.

A two-metre row of deep storage drawers floats above the floor – the drawers are stained in a custom inky blue colour while the interiors are in Indian Ink Melamine. 

The existing entrance door has also been stained in the same dark blue timber stain to provide continuity and give a purposeful design look to the room.

I wanted to give the toilet a more private look (and downplay its prominence when someone walks into the room) so designed a full length partition wall – the depth restricted by the confinements of the structural bulkhead depth above.

The freestanding bath has its own tumbled natural stone wall with a long-recessed shelving niche behind it – the smooth tiles for the internal surrounds are mitred to the rough outer tiles – all carefully planned to ensure the best and most practical solution was achieved. 

The vanity top is also a feature element, made in Bengal black stone with specially designed grooves creating a rock edge.

Credit list

Cabinetry hardware
Blum Stainless Steel Legrabox; fitted Led lighting
Marblo, from Metrix
Catalano, from Plumbline
Towel rails
Avenir in gun metal
Ceilings in Resene 1⁄4 Rice Cake; door trims in Resene extra-terrestrial metallic paint; door itself, stained interior in bespoke blue stain as per drawer units
Trends international Design awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Winner
Custom designed by Natalie Du Bois – planked and sawn Prime veneer with a blue stain; carcasses in Indian Ink Prime melamine; mirror, Piet Boon
Bengal Black with bespoke edging
Taps, shower fittings
Fantini, from Plumbline
Burnished porcelain tiles and split faced Tumbled Gris Chambolle limestone tiles
Door hardware, accessories and lighting
Buster and Punch, from ECC
PDL Iconic style in Silver Shadow
Rock Salt porcelain tile
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