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Mosaic feature walls add sparkle to modern bathroom design

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This long, narrow bathroom with raked ceilings has end walls in glass, metal, and black mosaic tiles – white cabinetry contrasts the tilework

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A source of quiet and retreat, an ensuite is a great excuse to create a magical environment.

This ensuite by designer Kira Gray forms part of an upstairs extension. The ensuite space is long with no windows and, due to the roofline, has various raked ceilings up to 3.6m high.

"The owners' wish list included a dedicated makeup station, a spacious shower – no bath was required – and a vanity for two," says Gray. "In terms of aesthetics, they wanted a contemporary space with clean lines, texture, leading-edge lighting and above all – impact!"

To set the scene, the designer bookended the room in two feature walls of glittering mosaic tiles in black, glass and stainless steel. These provide dramatic backdrops to the shower and dual vanity at opposite ends of the space. A dark woodgrain ceramic floor was laid across the room to widen the bathroom visually and to provide an anchor for the high ceilings.

"Lighting brings the mosaics and bathroom to life. A lit recess runs behind the shower to form a break in the tilework. There's LED lights behind mirrors, recessed into the walls and ceilings, and also on sensors under the cabinets. The pendants and skylights add to the effect."

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First published date: 22 December 2016

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Designer Kira Gray NKBA, Fyfe Kitchens
Vanity Custom by Fyfe Kitchens, urethane in Satin White
Countertop Engineered stone in colour Salt from GFL Stone
Shower fittings Methven Minimalist shower mixers; Methven Satinjet Kiri slide rail shower; Methven Kiri overhead rainhead on wall arm
Basins Two top-mounted Metrix Venice 40 basins in silver and black
Taps Methven Minimalist
Flooring Dark woodgrain porcelain tiles from Tile Space
Wallcoverings Feature walls – glass, black and stainless steel mosaics from Mobile Ceramics; wall tiles – white gloss from Tile Space
Toilet Axa Uno. BTW Close Coupled Toilet Suite.
Lighting Main lights – Switch Lighting SL111T; vanity lights – Flier Tilt 3W downlight, both from Andrew Baker Electrical; under vanity and makeup station – LED ribbon with diffuser on motion sensor from Specialised LED Products; pendants from Hugo Lighting