Story by Colleen Hawkes
Photography by Andrew Ashton
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Only young once
Just as a homeowner has a say in the design of their house, so children enjoy having an input into the design of their bedroom suite.
This suite belongs to a child who came up with the idea of a rainbow theme. This request was passed on to designer Royston Wilson, who carried out the interior design of the whole house, which has a French Chateau style.
"The rainbow created the focal point, from which every-thing else in the bathroom could radiate out from," says Wilson. "We thought, how wonderful it would be for a child to lie in bed and catch a glimpse through the doorway of the sun peeping out from behind the rainbow."
Wilson says the space was not without its challenges, however. During construction, the ceiling height had to be lowered by 12in, so the rainbow needed to move down the wall, which impacted on the mirror and lighting.
"The mirror was redesigned as a collection of circles that represent bubbles, which could be positioned so they don't conflict with the rainbow. The planned bubble light fixture was changed to a shorter crystal style with LED downlights, so it still looks like floating bubbles."
To make room for a bathtub that was a late request, the team took some space from the adjoining balcony, rebuilding the exterior wall.
"The specially ordered Bisazza tiles were reconfigured to fit the changed space, and the ceiling painted blue. The final result is a bathroom that appeals to the child in us all."
Another bathroom in the house is fit for a princess. Wilson says the only instruction from the daughter of the house using this suite was to use the color pink.
"We researched plumbing products and found a fuchsia pink mixer and faucet. We also discovered the new Laufen Mimo collection, offering a handbasin collar and toilet seat in a bubblegum pink shade."
The designer then created a dramatic pink-fronted vanity cabinet, which is cantilevered from the wall.
"We positioned the vanity opposite the door so this would provide the most visual impact – it is the first thing you see when you enter," he says.
The vanity features pink, heart-embossed drawer fronts in a new Laminex product – 3D Forms & Illusions in the color Lovely. Further embellishment is provided by diamante-style handles that catch the light.
"We introduced an unusual glossy white tile to the vanity wall for added pizzazz," says Wilson. "The tile has a textural wave pattern that is highlighted by LED lighting around the vanity mirror.
The designer says the pink elements can be changed out easily if required in the future.
First published date: 30 December 2013
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