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Black and white master suite and guest bathroom in contemporary country house

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Black-stained American oak, shuttered concrete and roughsawn painted cedar boards feature in the bathrooms in this contemporary country home.

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Visual continuity creates a seamless flow through a house, unifying both the architecture and the interior design.

But it's not just the continuity of an interior colour palette that works – replicating exterior materials on the inside also helps to provide a strong visual link between inside and out.

This is precisely the case for this modern country house, designed by Guy Shallard of Lat Forty Five. Bathrooms feature raw shuttered concrete walls that show the formwork marks from where they were poured insitu – similar walls feature on the exterior of the house.

"These concrete walls also form a wet area shower in each bathroom," says Shallard. "We teamed the walls with roughsawn, white-painted cedar boards that bring a rustic touch to the interior without compromising the contemporary feel of the house."

Each bathroom has a vanity in solid American oak treated with a black stain. Deep drawer bins in the base of the vanities are in blackened steel. The steel was finished with iron paste – the treatment was rubbed on and then buffed off to get the required look. A similar treatment on cabinets in the kitchen provides further visual continuity.


The designer says a freestanding tub in the family bathroom and sculptural round marble basins and wall-mounted taps in all bathrooms ensure the look remains modern.

There is also a glamorous element to each bathroom, with large, silver-framed mirrors. These are rectangular in the master ensuite and family bathroom, and oval in the guest ensuite.

The master bedroom continues the monochromatic look, with black-stained American oak walls and a black headboard on the bed. The black walls help to frame perfect views of the green countryside. Both the master suite and the family bathroom also look out to sheltered landscaped courtyards – one on either side of the house.

Bed linens and upholstered seating in black and white continue the theme.

First published date: 10 February 2015

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Designer Guy Shallard, Lat Forty Five (Queenstown)
Builder Naylor Love
Bathroom manufacturer Formatt Bespoke Joinery Co
Wall panelling American oak veneer, stained black
Paints Resene
Floor tiles SpazioCasa
Bathroom vanity Solid black-stained American oak with blackened steel drawer fronts
Basins Imported
Bathroom taps Boffi
Bathroom walls Insitu concrete; rough-sawn, white-painted cedar boards