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Large-format porcelain wall and floor tiles and cantilevered elements give this bathroom the luxurious, spacious feel of a high-end hotel bathroom

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Increasingly, our bathrooms are places of serene retreat, and designing a bathroom with a spacious feel within a modest-sized home only adds to the sense of sanctuary.

The owners of this smaller home asked designer Natalie Du Bois for a bathroom with the upmarket ambience of a refined hotel ensuite. Features were to include a his and her vanity, a walk-in shower and the luxury of spaciousness.

"The high-end hotel feel was achieved in part by specifying large-format, marble-look tiles in a glossy finish on the walls and in a matt finish on the floor," Du Bois says.

"To achieve the required feeling of space, I floated the vanity, toilet and bidet off the floor. This design approach, together with the choice of the 600mm x 1200mm porcelain tiles, glass-walled shower and compact double vanity, makes the room feel more expansive than it actually is."

Adding to the feel of luxury, the vanity is matched with sleek designer tapware.


"The owners also wanted the space to be easy to maintain, so I designed a moulded Corian bath plinth that's fitted right up against the wall – avoiding any hard-to-clean gaps."

The all-in-one basins-and-vanity top is seamless, also making for easy maintenance.

"The long vanity drawers offer plenty of storage – which was another requirement of the design," says Du Bois.

"However, the custom mirrored wall unit provides even more storage. This quite deceptive element recesses right into the wall cavity that backs onto the adjacent dressing room – so its capacity is actually a lot more than you would imagine."

First published date: 07 September 2016

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Designer Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design
Vanity cabinetry Crown-cut oak, black stained, custom-designed by Natalie Du Bois
Benchtop Stone slab in Diamond White with double oval basin, by Apaiser
Taps and accessories Fantini
Toilet and bidet Catalano
Flooring Griege matt tiles from Marble Lab
Walls Griege gloss marble-look tiles from Marble Lab
Bathtub Kaldewei
Shower stall Atlantis
Awards Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Bathrooms – Highly Commended