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Hollywood-style suite by Elements ID Consultants

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It's official – master suites are getting larger. Today, they are much more than a place to sleep and prepare for the day. Seating areas, large dressing rooms and glamorous bathrooms ensure a suite is a retreat than can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night.

This suite, designed by Kelvin Gan of Elements ID Consultants, epitomizes that sense of escape. It also recalls the glamour of Hollywood in the '30s. A plush upholstered headboard, dove-gray velvet chaise longue and mirrored furniture, including a trunk with a decorative studded trim, elevate the bedroom to the status of a traditional salon.

Gan says the chaise fits against a curved wall that forms a feature in the apartment entry on the other side.

"The curves break up the right angles, helping to soften the look of the interior. Similarly, the warm neutral tones create a relaxing ambiance. Much of the design is subtle – for example, a small motif on the wallpaper is repeated on the custom carpet, in a much larger design."

Marble, in natural tones, lines the walls and floor of the bathroom, and features on the vanity top and tub surround. A visual link with the bedroom is evident in the mirrored front of the cantilevered vanity.


"Raising the vanity keeps the look light, and makes the room seem larger," says the designer. "It is also a very practical solution for a bathroom – it makes it easy to clean."

The marble top is teamed with round Villeroy & Boch vessel-style basins and contemporary tapware.

To provide a pleasant outlook from the bathroom, Gan designed a landscaped courtyard with tall bamboo plants.

"Without the greenery, the view from the bathroom would be of a concrete wall," he says. "The garden draws the eye out and visually softens the wall."

The bathroom also features a large double shower, and a half wall that forms a ledge and conceals the toilet cistern.

First published date: 06 October 2013

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Bathroom designer Kelvin Gan, Victor Ng, Elements ID Consultants
Interior fit-out contractor Axpertise Design; Inner Space ID
Vanity top and floor tiles Devmer Beige and Yeni Gray marble
Blinds and drapes J&S Design
Shower fittings Hansgrohe
Bath and basin Villeroy & Boch
Bedroom wallcoverings Goodrich Global