Warm metallics meet the cool look of dark stone in this balanced, spa-like bathing retreat

Dark-toned and atmospheric with glittering touches of brass and copper, this exotic bathroom is an exercise in sheer escapism

Once a home’s interior focus was to a large extent about the kitchen, but now it’s the bathroom’s turn to feel special – like a private, luxurious sanctuary. And this atmospheric bathing space, by designer Julie Cooper, is definitely no exception.

“The owners wanted the bathroom to have a moody ambience,” says Cooper. “To achieve this we chose a dark-toned, large-format porcelain tile in the colour Concrete Graphite for the floor and two walls. A third wall has the same tile but in a contrasting Concrete Ice white.”

The rear wall of the space is finished in a copper-plated tile laid in a chevron pattern and this feature surface is repeated in the wall niche beside the freestanding bath. The niche is internally lit to further accentuate the copper tilework.

​​​​​​​This custom, floating vanity has polished brass handles black
​​​​​​​This custom, floating vanity has polished brass handles and understated panelling on the drawer fronts for a sophisticated feel. A fashionably slender Caesarstone benchtop with inset basin completes the picture. The three circular wall mirrors are also framed in brass.

Accentuating the play between black and gold-toned metal, the designer also introduced brushed brass plumbing and brushed brass handles on the vanity. The vanity mirrors also have brass frames.

A floor-standing Black Cactus heated towel rail completes the design picture.

Credit list

Julie Cooper, Jalcon Homes
Vanity handles
Brushed brass
Vetralla, freestanding, from Robertson Bathware
Origins, wall-mounted mixer, in Brushed Brass
Linfa, in-wall system, soft close seat
from The Tile WarehouseAccent wall
Concrete Ice, from The Tile Warehouse
Recessed strip lighting
Underfloor, from Carlton Electrical
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Custom – Dezignatek drawer fronts, in Black Satin, by The Kitchen Centre
Vanity benchtop
Caesarstone, Alpine Mist, polished
Vanity basin
Gio Evolution, from Robertson Bathware
Shower fittings
Origins, mixer and diverter, in Brushed Brass
Floor and wall tiles
Concrete Graphite 600 x 1200, from The Tile Warehouse
Shower wall and bath wall niche
Vee Mosaics, Copper, from The Tile Warehouse
Recessed negative grill, from ERS
Cactus heated towel rail, floor-mounted; circular mirrors with brass detail

Story by: Charles Moxham

Photography by: Jo Smith

05 Apr, 2020

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