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Sparkling gold tiles, crystal sconces and black walls bring a touch of drama to this glamorous powder room

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Powder rooms provide a great opportunity to be a little adventurous with your decor, while creating an inviting, fun space for guests.

And that's precisely what the architect and owners of this new house did.

Architect Henry Lin of PTG Architecture says they chose to clad the powder room in black tiles to provide a very dramatic look. The tiles on the walls around the vanity resemble mosaics that catch the light to enhance the glamorous feel.

"These tiles are very large, so while they create the same sparkle as mosaics, there is less grouting to interfere with the overall effect."

A chunky, highly polished Star Galaxy granite vanity top, which is flecked with gold, also reflects the light. This is contrasted with a sleek, white Villeroy & Boch basin that has a contemporary, organic form. The lacquered cabinetry is also clean-lined, with negative detailing and recessed pulls to maintain a streamlined look.


"The drama is reinforced by Swarovski crystal sconces positioned either side of a large recessed mirror, which we framed with gold," says Lin. "This border is framed, in turn, by sparkling gold tiles that line the recess. These tiles are similar to the black ones on the surrounding walls. But we calmed down the look by introducing a smooth black granite edge to the niche."

The toilet area of the powder room, behind the vanity, features a matt black wall tile that has a distinctive wave pattern. This references the rippling water of the sea beyond the clifftop house.

"We chose a matt surface for these tiles so the texture would be more pronounced with the natural light streaming through the window," says the architect.

This part of the room has an electronic toilet with bidet, and a urinal.

There is also a sauna room adjoining the powder room. This is fully lined with cedar, and features LED lighting.

The flooring in both rooms is a dark timber-look porcelain tile that introduces another textural element to the interior.

First published date: 03 August 2014

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Architect Henry Lin, PTG Architecture (Auckland)
Builder Devo Construction
Vanity cabinet manufacturer Fabulous Kitchens
Vanity cabinets Lacquered
Vanity top Star Galaxy granite
Basin Villeroy & Boch
Taps and shower fittings Grohe from Paterson
Toilet Toto
Urinal Robertson
Floor tiles Tavola Kenya porcelain from Jacobsen Creative Surfaces
Wall tiles Venis Ona in Matt Black; Venis Cubica in Silver; Venis Pearls in Dark from Jacobsen Creative Surfaces
Sauna Cedar, with LED lighting
Lighting ECC Lighting