Traditional children’s bathroom

A brother, a sister and one shared renovated bathroom – a balanced harmony of colour and form is the result

Story by: Trendsideas Photography by: Kallan MacLeod
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In this bathroom renovation for a brother and sister, masculine accents are combined with softer, more feminine lines.

The purpose of this bathroom renovation was to convert a dedicated ensuite into a shared bathroom that a brother and sister could both use. The owners wanted their new bathroom to have a traditional feel, with a mixture of old and new, to give a sense of authenticity and history.

A new doorway was created off the hallway to allow both children access to the bathroom. The original bathroom had only a shower, but no bath, whereas the new design has both. Having the bathtub and vanity on legs, and making the shower stall completely frameless gives the room a sense of space.

One of the biggest challenges was that the bathroom is located above a stairwell, so some of the floor had to be raised to allow for the ceiling below. This raised area has been ‘hidden’ within two storage cabinets – one accessed from the bathroom, the other from the boy’s bedroom. This deep, tall storage will accommodate each child’s needs as they grow older.


The room has both a masculine and feminine architecture, bathroom, bathtub, building, estate, floor, flooring, furniture, home, house, interior design, property, real estate, room, tap, tile, white, masculine, feminine
The room has both a masculine and feminine look. The colour palette is very masculine but is balanced with the more feminine curvaceous forms of the vanity and fittings. 

The room has both a masculine and feminine look. The colour palette of navy, grey and white is very masculine. However, these tones are softened by the brass tapware and the curvaceous forms of the vanity and fittings, which give the room a more feminine touch. The original frosted panels in the windows were changed to textured panels below and clear above.

The fantail decal was chosen to give this bathroom a fun, childlike spin, but it can easily be peeled off when the children are older.

Fleeting fantail – this colourful decal adds a bathroom, bird, ceiling, floor, home, house, interior design, property, purple, room, tile, wall, wallpaper, gray, decal, crackle glaze, crackled tile
Fleeting fantail – this colourful decal adds a playful element to the children's bathroom and can be easily removed when the children are older.
Apr 30, 2019

Credit list

Designer
Natalie Du Bois
Basin
McKinley Impero
Bath
Second hand bath refinished in Resene Avalanche
Toilet
McKinley Impero Back to Wall Toilet
T&G panelling
Painted in Resene Half Mountain Mist
Ceiling
Painted in Resene Eight Milk White
Mirror
Country Brass Mirror
Lighting
Second hand find crystal pendant; Chapman Boston hand rubbed antique brass sconces
Decal
New Zealand native birds illustrated by Antony Clark
Cabinetry
Custom vanity and tall storage, lacquered in Resene Avalanche
Tapware
Brass by Perrin and Rowe
Shower
Euroglass with brass hinges and knob
Wall tiles
Subway Crackle Glaze Snow
Walls
Painted walls in Resene Milk White
Floor tiles
Hand-made NZ cement tiles mix of indigo, grey and white
Accessories
Brass by Perrin and Rowe
Heated towel rail
Hawthorn Hill in brass
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