When bathroom scales bring good news

This bathroom offers a grownup retreat while being considered for children in the future – atmospheric fish scale mosaics make a splash

Designed by Nicola Manning Design

From the designer:

The owners of this 1930s bungalow style home had plans drawn up to add on a large open-plan kitchen and living space to their existing house and to completely renovate the rest of their existing house, including the ensuite bathroom and the family bathroom.

The brief for the family bathroom was to create a luxurious but also practical space. 

They don’t have children yet, so they want to use this bathroom as a luxurious bathroom to relax in the bath, provide a lovely space for guests and visitors to use, and also to be practical for when they do have children.

We used a lovely soft palette of greys, including Carrara fishtail mosaic tiles and a soft large scale grey tile. 

This has been combined with a light oak timber fronted vanity and luxurious pops of warm colour through the brass fittings. 

Great lighting has been provided with a sensor operated LED light strip under the vanity, an LED light strip in the large tiled niche above the bath, an LED front lit mirror and good general lighting. 

In full relaxation mode they can just switch on the LED lighting and light some candles. 

When this bathroom is being used for busy family life there is a good amount of storage in the vanity, a large shower and a lot of floor space in front of the bath for bathing small children.

Credit list

Vanity hardware
Blum Legrabox drawer runners, shark nose handle system with negative detail
Niagara Egg 1690, by Plumbline
Shower stall
Custom tiled
Catalano Sfera 52 Rimless, floor mount, in Matt White; Speedo Mechanical Inwall Cistern; Speedo Mechanical Metal Flush; panel in Brushed Brass
Floor tiles
Fondo Grigio (600x600mm), from Tile Imports NZ
LED downlights; LED strip lighting under vanity
Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended
Vanity cabinetry
Prime Melamine French Oak Woodgrain, Bestwood Melamine, Grey Etched, Velvet finish; melamine carcass
Vanity benchtop
Caesarstone Airy Concrete (20mm)
Progetto Buddy X Wall Mount Mixer, Brush Brass finish, by Plumbline
Shower fittings
Progetto Buddy X Shower Mixer with Diverter, by Plumbline
Buddy Toilet Roll Holder, Brushed Brass finish, by Plumbline
Wall finishes
Tile Space Carrara Fishscale Mosaic feature tile (sheet size 240x250mm); paint – Resene Silver Chalice
Underfloor heating and ventilation

Designed by: Nicola Manning Design

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Mark Scowen

26 Mar, 2023

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