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Our Homes Today Phone 271 8068 www.ourhomes.co.nz www.times.co.nz Place of tranquility in bathroom By MARIANNE KELLY IF THERE is one place it’s possible to escape from today’s frenetic lifestyles, it’s the bathroom. While kitchens are becoming the social hub of the house, the bathroom is being recognised as a place of tranquillity, somewhere to be alone and enjoy the space, says designer Natalie Du Bois who was the recipient of the Bathroom of the Year Award at this year’s National Kitchen and Bathroom Association (NKBA) awards. Her bathroom design has also just won the bathroom category in the inaugural NZ House & Garden Interior of the Year awards. People building new houses, especially, are allowing larger spaces for bathrooms, she says. “They want to escape life’s fast pace. The bathroom is becoming so important because it’s the one place you can get away from things, the mobile phones, Facebook, otherwise you never escape.” Her winning design was a master bedroom en suite, one of four bathrooms renovated in a 1930s Remuera house. Her original brief was to redesign the kitchen and a trend developed from there when she stripped the traditional panelled cabinet work of knobs and handles and inserted ﬁnger- pull recesses. The result retained the 30s style but injected clean 21st century lines. Coupled with soft grey paintwork set off with a black bench top, the result was so effective that the decision was made to continue the look by using the ﬁnger-pull recesses in panelled bathroom cabinets. However, Natalie introduced a unique aspect to each bathroom with the use of colour. Black, white and silver formed the base for the colour scheme. But each vanity was a different colour - lemongrass green for the family/guest bathroom, charcoal for the children’s bathroom and warm iridescent champagne for the master en suite. Bringing back honest products which are tactile rather than clinical is a current trend, she says. “We are ﬁnding that people want things that feel inviting. They are spending more time at home and they want an interior that is liveable and real. “While re-designing a kitchen is more complicated, people used to want to do up their own bathroom because they thought it was easy,” she says. “You can stick some tiles down, but now they are looking for a design edge, for example what type of lighting and where to place things to create a mood in certain areas of the bathroom.” She introduced a wall of patterned tiles at the end of the award-winning bathroom, illuminated with a wash of light – a romantic warm outlook for the person sitting in the bath at the other end of the room. “Lighting is one of the best ways to create mood with the use of dimmers or different types of lighting. Lighting over the mirror that allows you to see is needed. But if you are in the bath you want more subdued lighting.” Injecting tranquillity into bathrooms, she says, is about a calming and soothing colour scheme and organic curved- shaped ﬁxtures, such as the bath, in contrast to the sharp linear feel of past years. “People want softer edges.” The debate now is also for honest products that are not perfect, she says. For example, the ﬂoor tiles she used in the award-winning bathroom feature small dips in the surface. “In a perfect world it’s okay to have irregularities,” she says. “I like to give a hand-painted ﬁnish to vanities where you can see the brush strokes. And you can get TRADITIONAL PANEL WORK: Left, Inserted ﬁnger-pull recesses were inserted into 1930s-style cabinetry to inject clean 21st century lines. Right, Natalie Du Bois says the bathroom is being recognised as a place of tranquillity.
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