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Finding design inspiration for bathrooms isn't always straightforward, but recognising the need to provide visual continuity is a start.

When designer Natalie Du Bois of Du Bois Design set out to remodel three bathrooms and a powder room in this 1930s home, she was helped by the colour palette of the kitchen, which she had redesigned.

"The owners loved the way the soft grey and dark charcoal tones in the kitchen suited the era of the house and decided they would like to continue these in the bathrooms," the designer says. "But it was also important to give each room its own identity, so there needed to be points of difference."

Du Bois introduced similar custom vanities to each main bathroom, which are reminiscent of traditional painted wood washstands, albeit with modern fittings. All the vanities have marble tops that have been sealed with a resin.

"In the master ensuite the vanity is painted in a soft champagne colour, while the guest bathroom vanity is in lemongrass, and the family bathroom vanity is charcoal. These shades also feature elsewhere in each bathroom."


The designer added patterned wallpapers to the guest and family bathrooms, in soft tones of silver and lemongrass, and silver and white. Walls below the dado line feature white tiles with a delicate silver stripe.

"In contrast, walls in the larger master ensuite are tiled with extra-large 333mm x 666mm tiles that have a floral mosaic pattern. The tiles are iridescent – the sparkle is amplified by a series of LED lights along the ceiling perimeter. The only wallpaper featuring in this bathroom is the dark charcoal wall behind the mirrored cabinet."

All the rooms have black floor tiles with textural irregularities. These provide a slight undulating, velvety feel underfoot – underfloor heating enhances the sense of luxury.

First published date: 06 October 2013

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Bathroom designer Natalie Du Bois, Du Bois Design (Auckland)
Ensuite vanity top Bianco Lasa marble
Basins in ensuite and family bathroom Sfera Vessels
Basins in guest bathroom Roma 25 vessel
Shower enclosure in ensuite Metro GlassTech
Shower enclosure in guest bathroom Atlantis
Shower fittings Progetto Tube slide shower with rainhead
Toilets C62 Catalano
Tapware in ensuite Progetto Tube swivel spout; Ponsi Vegamix floor-standing tub filler
Tapware in guest bathroom Ponsi Pegaso wall mount
Heated towel rails Scarpa from DCS
Flooring Ono Tiles from Mutina
Ensuite wallpaper Soie
Guest bathroom wallpaper Cole & Son Malabar
Family bathroom wallpaper Blake
Wall tiles Necare in ensuite; Lux Bianco in guest and family bathrooms
Lighting ECC; The Lighting Centre
Shutters Santa Fe
Bins Kitchen King