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Mirrored cabinets and glass coloured tiles contribute to a light-filled space

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Perhaps the single biggest challenge when designing a small bathroom is fitting in all the necessary functional items without the room appearing cluttered and overcrowded.

This master ensuite was designed by architect Matt Dickson to open onto a small balcony, thereby creating a more expansive environment. To reinforce this connection with the outdoors, he designed the room with horizontal strip windows above and below the vanity cabinets.

With the layout already in place, interior architect Eva-Marie Prineas chose reflective materials to make best use of the sunlight streaming through the large, bifolding glass doors above the bath.

Mirrored doors are placed on the cabinets between the horizontal strip windows. In the centre of the cabinets, a custom-designed light box assists with make-up application and shaving.

This feature wall is lined with graphite colour-back glass tiles. These same tiles are used in all the wet areas of the home – in the laundry the tiles are green and in the main bathroom they are beige.

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"The tiles have curved edges, so at certain times of the day they catch the sun's reflection, creating a watery effect along the wall," says Prineas.

"White elongated tiles on the floor and opposite wall provide a neutral backdrop for the light and shadow play that is created by the mirrored cabinetry and colour-back glass tiles."

Chrome fixtures such as the towel rails and taps visually complement the white, angular appeal of the basin, bidet and toilet.

The shower is enclosed by clear glass in keeping with the idea that every functional piece takes up as little space – both physically and visually – as possible.

Only the bathtub, which stretches across the entire width of the room, has a certain languid presence, this in keeping with its use for relaxation. Prineas says that from the bath's white-tiled surround it's possible to enjoy the natural ambience of the private balcony.

First published date: 28 June 2005

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Architect Matt Dickson, RAIA, Morgan Dickson Architecture (Sydney)
Interior architect Eva-Marie Prineas, RAIA, Architect Prineas
Builder Brian Kelleher, HIA,BK Prompt Action
Vanity cabinetry Trezzini from L & L Kitchens
Windows Window Solutions
Shower fittings and taps Axor Starck
Shower stall Brian Kelleher
Bath Megaform from Kaldewai
Basin Pure Basics
Tiles Bisanna from Rogerseller
Toilet and bidet Caro from Canoana Design
Lighting Eagle Lighting
Towel rails Rogerseller