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Modern bathroom renovation by Bubbles Bathrooms with black and white colour palette and central freestanding curved wall that wraps around a bathtub

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Many homes have bathrooms that are semi-ensuites, which means they can be entered from the main part of the house or from the master bedroom.

This ensuite bathroom was once such a space, which designer Owen Barnes of Bubbles Bathrooms describes as "neither one thing nor another".

Barnes says to create a private ensuite and a separate powder room for guests, the original semi-ensuite and a toilet room were rearranged.

"We were able to move walls here and there, with a little give and take, to create two completely separate rooms, and to give the owners their own private space."

The designer says the couple wanted the bathroom to have the wow factor. With this in mind, he created a freestanding wall that curves to hug a sculptural bathtub in the centre of the room.


"The wall incorporates a niche that provides a landing space for bath items – or a glass of champagne. And because it adjoins the tub right around the curve, there are no difficult places to clean."

The wall has another function – it conceals the toilet on the left, and the shower on the right. While the front of the wall features light charcoal-coloured tiles, including narrow vertical tiles on the curves, the rear wall has large-format tiles with minimal grouting for easy cleaning.

"We also created space within the wall to store toilet items," says Barnes.

His-and-hers vanities sit either side of the entry, at 90°. With black Caesarstone tops, these units continue the bold, monochromatic look of the bathroom.

First published date: 10 February 2015

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Bathroom designer Owen Barnes, Bubbles Bathrooms (Melbourne)
Builder Bubbles Bathrooms
Vanity cabinets Custom Janper vinyl in Designer White Natural
Vanity tops Caesarstone Night Sky
Basins Marblo oval
Taps Gessi Trasparenze
Bathtub Clearwater Formoso oval
Ceiling shower Nikles Pearl ceiling mount with Mizu 300mm arm
Hand shower for bath Sussex Pol mixer
Towel ladder Hydrotherm Milan
Flooring Black semi-polished tiles from Any Tile
Wall tiles VL Matt White rectified
Pendant lights Cordy
Ventilation Ventair jet fan
Awards HIA (Vic) 2014 renovated bathroom over $50,001 Winner; HIA (Vic) 2014 Bathroom Design Winner; HIA (Vic) 2014 Bathroom Project of the Year Winner