Remember the dream bathroom that I created a mood board for as part of a C.P. Hart bathroom challenge? My dream bathroom would evoke the colours of a New England summer – muted blues and greys of sun and sea, the translucet whites and greens of sea glass, and the weathered brown and yellows of driftwood and sand.
I won the challenge and so I worked with C.P. Hart Waterloo showroom designer, Rebecca Milnes, to convert a moodboard into a bathroom. Finally, I can now show you my dream bathroom in 3D rendering.
First, a bird’s eye view of the room. I opted for a period room since I love the high ceilings and the sash windows.
These are the colours I used in the bathroom. Although muted and tranquil, the Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue really has a depth which reminds me of the ocean. Fanciful, I know, but the Azulej tiles reminded me of the shape of kites. They are used on the shower wall to provide a focal point upon entering the room.
Of course, my dream bathroom had to have a free standing tub with a cool Abigail Ahern porcelain rod chandelier hung low. Good thing about dream world is that you don’t have to worry about electricity certificates. In the real world, of course, you could have a low chandelier that is merely decorative to bypass any legal requirements. This beauty is from C.P. Hart’s own range – the Coniston Bath which is made from stone and the Libero Freestanding Bath/Shower Mixer.
A practical necessity would be a large walk-in shower. I like the way you can walk in either side of this shower. Also, check out how the studwall is built away from the windows to enlarge the shower area but also to provide shallow shelving for shower necessities. Finally, the bathtub in front of a a low wall in front of the shower gives the room a layered effect. Everything against the walls and nothing in the middle would just look boring! Or, as the Americans say, like a Shaker meeting (because Shakers left the middle of the room clear so they could shake with religious frenzy unimpeded by furniture).
The glass double-sink is practical yet beautiful with a sinuous look. The moulded glass from Artilinea is sleek and translucent. Similar to pearls, you really have to see it in real life to appreciate its subtle beauty.
C.P.Hart Libero wall mounted basin mixers, Hoxton bevelled mirrors)
Photos and mementos add warmth and a living room feel. There is a growing trend in bathrooms to mimic other living spaces and not look so utilitarian. The Starck Ghost Chair is a practical acrylic material, useful as a seat and attractive.
I really like the idea of hanging art in the bathroom as well. As long as the room is well-ventilated, there shouldn’t be a problem. The piece I have here is a photograph printed onto glass. It is from the Angel Series by Zena Holloway who exhibits at The Doinel Gallery. Zena is a self-taught underwater photographer whose photographs look ethereal and shows off her fashion photography background.
What do you think of the minimal look of these radiators? Made by Vola, the clutter of the piping is actually hidden behind the tiling. The bars are widely spaced so that you can get big, fluffy towels on them easily.
The toilet is tucked away behind the door. Frosted glass provides a degree of privacy without visually blocking the space.
Axor Massaud freestanding towel holder)
Of course, there is lots of storage. I am a big fan of storage because, let’s face it, bathroom clutter is not the most attractive. The storage in this bathroom is from Artilinea. There is a tower for extra towels, a set of boxes for pretty often-used items and under sink storage for less-attractive necessities.
What did I learn from this bathroom designing experience?
- Bathroom design is really tricky. I was really lucky to have Rebecca Milnes who knew the products well and made helpful suggestions. Left to my own, I could have made some really bad decisions.
- Even though you know what you want, having a 3D rendering is wonderful to visualize the space. I went back and made some changes to the tiles, for example, because one of the tiles I picked looked really busy on a large scale.
- Neither a limitless budget nor a sizeable room are the bonanza they would seem. It helps to be limited by something to help you define what you can achieve. There are way too many nice things in the world!! And, if they are bathroom-related, C.P. Hart will probably have them!
What do you think of my dream bathroom? What would your dream bathroom look like?