Give a boring bathroom distinctive character with these clever ideas
Jewellery designer Kirsten Goss gave her Durban bathroom personality by mirroring a wall. She also turned an old painted table into a stylish vanity by fitting it with a contemporary countertop basin. A painting by Angela Murray plus towels and accessories add a zing of colour.
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A wall-mounted, custom-made vanity in hard-wearing birch ply takes centre stage in this bathroom. It goes against tradition by hanging the fretwork-framed mirrors upside down. The combination of honey-coloured mosaics and basic white tiles adds warmth and texture, while still keeping the look light and fresh.
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Guest loos give you the opportunity to go over the top. This over-scaled Designers Guild wallpaper from Home Fabrics makes a stylish statement and also creates the illusion of space. There’s a quirky mix of old and new with an antique mirror and an old side table set against the slick black floor.
Oozing with opulence, this Constantia bathroom designed by Nicky Tyers of Colonial House Design relies on the furnishings to give it style and comfort. A striking blind, a velvet ottoman, a Louis chair and a modern side table are all offset by a beautiful Chinese rug. Without these elements the room would be very bland.
A new angle
A predictable layout can be boring. In this bathroom at the Maremoto boutique hotel on Long Street, Cape Town, Joke Glauser of Décor Workshop installed the Victorian bath at a jaunty angle. This not only saved space, but gave the bathroom ‘attitude.’ This she enhanced with a black and white chequerboard floor and a sophisticated black shower cubicle.
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