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Concrete-look tiles on floors and walls create a dramatic, uniform look in this bathroom and matching ensuite

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Strong, semi-industrial and minimalist, the main bathroom and master ensuite in this project share features and finishes. Designer and homeowner James Collins created the complementary spaces.

"The industrial-look family bathroom is both attractive and practical," says Collins. "The design makes the most of available space with three zones – a wash area, shower and toilet – all separated by 2.4m-high partition walls."

On entering the bathroom, the eye is drawn by an elegant freestanding tub with a chrome floor-mounted spout. The bath is located under a large picture window, overlooking the jungle-inspired garden.

Another eye-catching feature is the custom precast cantilevered concrete vanity with contrasting timber veneer drawers and bright, white display shelves.

However, the bathroom's engaging ambience is largely down to the concrete-look, large-format porcelain tiles that cover the shower and toilet zones, together with other walls and the floors.


In keeping with the 600 x 600mm-tiles, similar-size minimalist mirror panels are placed playfully and randomly. Their distinct reflections of the monochromatic wall finishes create a camouflaged effect.

The owner-designer also introduced multiple lighting sources to provide for a different ambience for every occasion.

"Complementing the main bathroom, the open-style yet private ensuite offers all the essential requirements for the adjoining master bedroom while a separate toilet cubicle provides necessary privacy without compromising the connection between the bedroom and ensuite," says Collins.

"The finishes in the ensuite echo those of the family bathroom, with concrete-look tiles, frameless mirrors, wall-hung timber veneer drawers and a similar concrete vanity benchtop. We wanted an harmonious relationship between the two spaces."

The ensuite's high picture windows allow for plenty of natural light while keeping the room private without the need for window furnishings. The minimalistic fixed glass shower panel maximises usable space and adds to the overall spatial effect.

First published date: 18 August 2017

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Credit List

Designer James Collins, Collins W Collins
Vanity cabinetry White 2 pac and Sublime Teak laminate in Ravine finish
Benchtops and basins Concrete, custom designed
Bath Sanctuary freestanding bath from John L Fischer Plumbing Supplies
Taps Dorf vanity taps, Phoenix mixer and goose neck Fienza bath tap from John L Fischer Plumbing Supplies
Walls, floors and shower stalls Concrete-look 600mm x 600mm Graphite tiles from Amber Tiles
Shower fittings Empire rain shower head by Fienza from John L Fischer Plumbing Supplies
Accessories Custom towel rails, powdercoated in Dulux Monument to match windows
Lighting Downlights, pendant lights from Maloney Lighting, heat lamps
Ventilation IXL exhaust fan
Hot water systems Solar Electric Gas booster
Awards Trends International Design Awards Bathrooms – Winner