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A desire for intimate spaces that suggest intricate worlds led to the decor of these guest bathrooms, finished with Chinese motifs and furniture


Few things are quite as luxurious as using a guest bathroom that caters not only to comfort, but also to a sense of drama and creativity.

The owners of the home featured here, weren't shy about splashing colour throughout every space, and they didn't skimp on style when it came to their guest accommodation. Interior designer Thomas Plominski says his clients wanted to feature chinoiserie or Chinese motifs and furniture in both guest bathrooms.

For the first bathroom, Plominski took his design cue from a Chinese antique day bed that takes centre stage in the guest bedroom. He was looking for an elegant foil to the silky red and yellow scheme and so he covered the bathroom walls with charcoal Venetian stucco.

"I chose the Venetian stucco for its rich deep colour and its smooth surface. Stucco is labour intensive and time consuming, as it is all hand-trowelled, left to set and then hand-polished to a designated gloss," the designer says.

On the bathroom floor, white Carrara marble tiles are inset with a line of black tiles about 20cm from the parameter.


"This thin black line is a way to frame the bathroom fixtures, such as the shower and vanity," he says.

For the light fittings, Plominski sourced highly polished silver lamps made in the early 1900s. They complement the mirror frame which is decorated in antique white gold leaf.

These antique lamps also feature in the purple bathroom, which also has been heavily influenced by Chinese design. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the decor is the hand-blocked wallpaper with circular animal motifs, including insects, butterflies and deer.

The sense of activity suggested by these small and intricate figures is echoed by the mosaic tile floor. The glass tiles have a scattered design and an iridescent quality, says the interior designer.

The bathroom's aubergine tones and the accompanying bedroom's rich purple colour scheme express the owners' bold taste and complement the overall style of this vibrant beach house.

"Purple flatters everyone's skin tone.It is kind to your guests to ensure that they look their best while staying in your home," Plominski says.

First published date: 28 February 2012

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Credit List

Interior designer Thomas Plominski, Kenneth Alpert Associates (New York)
Fixtures and taps Kohler
Tiles White ceramic Shelly tile from American Olean
Toilet Memoirs Collection from Kohler
Flooring Carrara marble with granite in blue bathroom; tiles in purple bathroom from Waterworks
Wallcoverings Venetian stucco in blue bathroom; Nina Campbell wallpaper from Osborne & Little in purple bathroom
Lighting Antique sconces from Joseph Richter