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Natural light from a large skylight floods this contemporary bathroom, animating the contrast between light and dark surfaces

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White bathrooms are a popular choicefor designers seeking a clean, minimalist look. But introducing dark, warm colours or a variety of textures can often bring welcome contrast, and stop the look becoming too clinical.

In this bathroom – part of a renovated period villa – warm grey basalt floor tiles and a basalt feature wall provide a strong counterpoint to the white vanity and porcelain bath, says architect Darren Jessop.

White floor-to-ceiling tiles, a cantilevered vanity and a large glass shower enclosure complement the home's clean, contemporary look.

Interior designer Cheryl Moynagh chose large white tiles for the walls and polished basalt tiles for the flooring.

"This keeps the space uncluttered, and the high polish of the tiles contrasts with the textured basalt wall, which brings a warm glow to the room," she says.

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The combed basalt stone wall and wall-to-wall glass shower door allow the freestanding tub to remain the focal point of the room.

"The homeowners were looking for a modern interior that retained something of the home's original villa character. They wanted big open rooms that were simple and modern. They were also looking for strong indoor-outdoor flow," says Jessop.

A link with the outdoors is introduced with a skylight that runs the full width of the shower. Hidden lighting underneath the vanity cabinetry provides additional drama, particularly at night, when the textured surface of the basalt wall is most noticeable.

First published date: 11 August 2008

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Credit List

Architect Darren Jessop, NZIA, Jessop Architects (Auckland)
Design Cheryl Moynagh
Vanity Designed by Cheryl Moynagh, supplied by Young Design
Shower fitting Metrix Techno shower rose and shower rail, Pixel shower mixer
Shower enclosure Euroglass
Bath and basin Metrix
Wallcoverings Sun Blanco tiles and Ashline slabs from SCE Stone