“A skylight runs almost the full width of this room over the bathtub,” says Miffy English, interior designer at Canny. “It washes light right down the walls and throughout the room.” After-dark artificial lighting, however, needed thoughtful attention on both an aesthetic and functional level.“The main area of concern was over the vanity unit,” says Miffy.“Installing a couple of downlights proved to be the perfect solution.”
The designers at Canny chose an innovative product called ‘Slimtech’ for the walls. Produced by Italian company Lea Ceramiche, this smart range utilises laminating and porcelain-compacting technology to create a light, flexible, easily installed sheet product that’s just 3mm thick.“We’ve used the one metre by three metre sheets, so there are hardly any joins; it keeps things seamless and modern,” says Miffy.“It’s smooth yet it has a soft texture.”
“This space is quite long,” says Miffy, who worked with interior designer Janine Carter on this project.The solution was to create what resembles a wet room behind a glass screen at the far end of the space.“The slight step up to the shower and bath gives separation from the vanity area.” A wide, full-height mirror has been installed above the basin and cabinet to reflect the natural light and visually exaggerate the room’s proportions.
One of the major points in the design brief was to include modern fittings but keep the room timeless. As a result, installations have clean lines and neat finishes – vanity-top Corian being a case in point.“We didn’t want anything that was too big and bulky or too fussy,” says Miffy.“The colour palette also gives the room a contemporary edge,” says Janine of the chosen shades of grey – which are lighter on the walls, darker on the floor.
“It’s almost a given these days that you install a versatile shower on a rail,” says Janine.“Men usually want an overhead shower for a complete rain effect, while women want to keep their hair dry.” The solution in this instance was to install a two-in-one design that covered both functions.The Nikles ‘Pure 140’ rail shower, from Reece, is a three-star waterconsumption product with a flat rail as well as a swivel hose for flexibility.
Laps and luxury
As part of a parental suite, this room had to feel like a private retreat.“By putting the tub at the end of the room, we could install a freestanding bath,” says Miffy. “The skylight gives a feeling of bathing under the stars.” Extra luxuries – a heated towel rail and underfloor heating – stoke up comfort. Jardan’s ‘Bandy’ stool doubles as a resting spot for drinks and books.