Modern white bathroom with textured tiles, shower zone and central bench with storage
Story by Charles Moxham
Photography by Bob Narod
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This bright, white bathroom features a textural tile wall and contrasting rich wenge wood surfaces
When not one but several elements provide a stand-out feature in a bathroom design then the result is a sense of enveloping luxury.
Just such a feel was requested for this 28m2 bathroom by designer Paul Bentham at Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath. A sum of its parts, the project has several key features, says Bentham.
"However, the star of the renovated space is undoubtedly the undulating 3D wall tile. This creates a dramatic light and shadow play while fulfilling the agenda for a bright, white space."
Contrasting the white tiles, the tops of the vanity and central bench are in solid wenge, with waterfall sides. The natural wood is also sealed to make the surface impervious to water.
And the use of wood is continued on the framing for the huge mirror which expands the room visually and brings in light by reflecting the view out the window on the opposite wall.
"The window's white quartz frame mimics wood trim but will last forever," says Bentham.
Replacing a seldom-used tub and tub deck, the designer set a generous shower area along the back wall of the house, with the picture window at dead centre. The shower zone has three areas, including a large central rainhead.
The square rainhead showerhead is flanked by his and hers showering points at opposite ends of the zone, each with its own fixed head and hand shower, tiled bench and storage niche.
"The Kohler Reve sinks are semi-recessed into the vanity benchtop," says Bentham. "Set on tall mirrored toekicks, the vanity, bench and storage cabinet, or armoire, all appear to float above the marble floor. Under the sinks, U-shaped drawers in solid walnut allow room for plumbing while still providing storage."
The designer also added storage space under the seat bench and in the armoire.
First published date: 11 March 2016
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|Bathroom designer||Paul Bentham, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath|
|Cabinet maker||Premier Custom Built|
|Vanity||Slab door, high gloss polyurethane to match Glacier|
|White quartz; countertop and legs||wenge, Durata Matte finish, waterfall legs|
|Armoire||Slab door, wenge veneer with high gloss polyurethane sheen|
|Bench, countertop||Wenge, Durata Matte finish, by Grothouse Inc|
|Toilet cubicle||Custom frosted door, polished chrome hinges and handles|
|Basin||White Reve vessels from Kohler Sinks|
|Faucets||Allure Two Hole Basin Mixer, polished chrome, by Grohe|
|Shower fittings||Grohe, Euphoria Cube shower head and hand shower set, Rainshower F-Series spray, polished chrome|
|Shower tiles||Certosa porcelain|
|Wall tiles||Wow wedge tile, white|
|Lighting||Sconces above mirrors and medicine cabinets, Visual Comfort Studio Bowery in aged iron with Wax|
|Accessories||Essentials Cube Collection in polished chrome, by|
|Grohe; towel warmer||Amba Warmer with digital control by Vega; mirror with Wenge wood frame|
|Thresholds and window trim||Arctic White Quartz stone for shower curb and sides to the ceiling|