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Master suite combines traditional and contemporary features to winning effect

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This master ensuite connects to its villa surroundings through panelled joinery while adding a semi-industrial accent with tone and fittings

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How do you introduce a light industrial feel to the master suite in a classic villa yet stay true to the home's style? Designer Katie Scott took this tricky brief of design opposites and ran with it – blending the styles while keeping a visible contrast.

"The owner likes moody spaces so for the master bedroom I designed traditional panels for all the walls, painted a deep grey," she says. "The custom bedhead and bedend are in a soft, smokey velvet – softening the dark grey walls."

Scott included floor-to-ceiling sliding panel doors to conceal the ensuite entry and adjacent wardrobe when closed. A television on the same wall can also be hidden with the slide of a panel.

"For the ensuite, existing windows had to be removed so I added a skylight to emphasise the room's height. This went hand in hand with the high black feature wall in the shower as it adds a beautiful light, drawing the eye upward."

The designer made a point that there be no chrome in this design and all fixtures and hardware are in aged or antique brass.


"Heated towel rails and the flush panel were electroplated to match the tapware. The rich-look metal contrasts with the semi-industrial concrete and black tiles, to add charm and warmth."

First published date: 26 October 2017

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Designer Katie Scott, Caro Design
Vanity cabinetry Primo
Benchtop Diamondstone, Pure White
Basin Apaiser from Plumbline
Taps Buddy from Plumbline
Showerstall Crest
Shower fittings Ponsi
Toilet Catalano
Tiles Quantum and Jacobsen
Lighting Mr Ralph
Underfloor heating Warmup
Drapes Simon James
Accessories Plumbline
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathroom suite – Winner