Rustic elements combine with modern features in this villa family bathroom

Antique look tiles and a freestanding tub are balanced by a contemporary vanity and modern tapware and lighting in this renovated bathroom in a 1900s home

Story by: Charles Moxham Photography by: Little White Lies
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A nib wall separates the bathing zone from heated tiled floor in the compact bathing space of this renovated villa bathroom. The freestanding tub would be a typical traditional inclusion, but here the crisp, modern lines of the bath work well with th

Sometimes the quest for strong visual appeal in a bathroom can impede its functionality. However, bathroom specialists Design Haus struck a healthy balance between the two on this refit.

Part of a classic villa renovation, Design Haus wanted this family bathroom to capture the sense of the villa's origins plus achieve a modern accent.


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Raised wall tiles are laid in an alternating pattern to create a 3D effect behind the bathing zone in this bathroom renovation by Design Haus.

The tile selection played a key part in this design. Two types of Flexible Architecture porcelain tiles were alternated to create a 3D pattern on the walls. And the soap niches in the bath and shower zone are in the same proportion as though a tile-shaped brick had been removed.

These tiles have a refined, modern feel but are contrasted by an antique-look, rust-edged Garage Sugar tile in the bathing zone along with a similar tile on the main floor.

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A strip drain ensures speedy drainage in the shower area in this family bathroom.

Similarly, the bath has a classic feel at first glance, but the proportions are contemporary.

As a family bathroom, plenty of storage was a must. To maximise this, Design Haus added a roomy vanity in the same colour as the wall behind, downplaying its size. In addition, the elegant twin benchtop basins and sleek lighting above the recessed mirror cabinets lead the eye.

Nov 11, 2017

Credit list

Design Haus
Silestone Altair, polished
Wall-mount Hansgrohe Axor Citterio basin mixer and spout
Bath pourer
Floor-standing Hansgrohe Axor Starck bath spout
Kohler Veil Intelligent Wall Hung Toilet
Shower / bath area, Garage Sugar; bathroom floor, Garage Mint; walls, Flexible Architecture Flexi 4 and Flexi B on 3D walls, and Flexi A on the other walls all tiles from Tile Space
Vynco Ventech frameless grille
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA)
Finished in Aalto Matrix
Victoria & Albert Barcelona vessel basin
Victoria & Albert Mozzano freestanding bath from Robertson Bathware
Shower mixer
Hansgrohe Select Button Mixer, Hansgrohe Raindance Overhead Shower, vertical shower arm
Plumbline Buddy towel Rail holder and toilet roll holder. Chrome
Recessed LED downlights
Underfloor heating






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