Nestled in the Sydney coastal suburb of North Curl Curl, this 20-year-old bathroom got a stylish upgrade recently by interior designer Deanne Crowther, of Bathrooms by Oldham. And while there was nothing ‘wrong’ with the former space, the new bathroom is not only more functional but it’s much more beautiful too.
“Our client wanted to update their ensuite while retaining its layout. They wanted a concrete inspired bathroom whilst keeping it soft and warm,” says Deanne. A modern, timeless look ensued courtesy of a trio of gorgeous finishes; concrete, brass and American oak.
One of the major contributors to the transformation is the tile selection – smaller white tiles were replaced with concrete-look 600mm x 600mm porcelain ones. “Choosing a large tile throughout the bathroom gives the illusion of a bigger space,” says Deanne.
The tired white cabinetry was usurped by a custom American oak vanity and new mirrored shaving cabinet. “Underneath, we designed a custom concrete bench top with brass plug and waste,” says Deanne.
The metallic finish is repeated throughout the space via Wood Melbourne aged brass tapware as well as a nearby in-wall toilet cistern that features a brass flush plate. “The aged brass will change over time giving the bathroom an ever changing look,” says Deanne.
The vanity unit also houses concealed strip lighting on a sensor – a luxe ‘extra’ that is useful for late night bathroom trips. “It adds an element of luxury and highlights the design features in the space. It also runs under the wall hung vanity which makes the room feel larger,” says Deanne.
Storage niches were installed on both sides of the shower providing a place to store things within the shower, and a space to add decorative pieces on the other side. And aside from a new niche, the shower area now features a luxe brass rain shower head.
“Ultimately I love that we created the ensuite our client desired. The coolness of concrete combined with antique brass accessories and American oak joinery achieved the warmth and softness she was after.”
Photography: Black & White Real Estate Marketing