When Durrant Design commenced an entire interior makeover of an ageing St Heliers home, one of the first spaces to be completed was the master ensuite. It was an interesting room with fundamentally great bones, that comprised a unique ceiling with a curved drop and elevated half round windows. It was a room that had never managed to maximise its potential, with a large corner bath that ate into the room's interior and mis-matched furnishings that made the space seem cramped and overly busy.
The room was completely gutted and Durrant Design set about recreating a spacious and elegant ensuite in which the tile selections from The Tile Depot proved critical.
The only change to the room's physical footprint was the removal of the shower alcove to streamline the space and allow the new vanity and shower to be aligned along the same wall. This design move actually reduced the room's physical size, but ultimately resulted in the room feeling bigger. The new configuration removed a bath from the ensuite completely and the new shower traverses the full width of the end wall, separated from the rest of the space by a simple sheet of glass.
By tiling the entire ensuite and flowing the tiles seamlessly into the shower, the space became more cohesive and feels considerably larger.
Two tiles were chosen to capture the luxurious high-end character that Durrant Design was going for, whilst enhancing the sense of light and space in the room. Inspired by the textures and colours found in nature, the entire floor was tiled with a light travertine-inspired porcelain tile called Travertition Light Grey 600 x 600mm. This flowed seamlessly across the floor into the shower and up the walls to the ceiling on three sides. With all the appearance of natural travertine stone, the large format tile has an intrinsically high-end character that captures the ancient natural beauty of stone. A beautiful choice that really gives the room a 5-star resort appeal.
On the remaining vanity wall, a soft sea-foam subway tile called Tribeca Seaglass Mint was chosen — a delicately coloured tile with a rippled high gloss finish that reflects light and brightens the space. This inherently luxurious tile was laid to the ceiling in a vertical running bond pattern and flowed seamlessly into the shower. This installation pattern draws the eyes upwards, highlighting the fabulous feature windows and curved ceiling above. A clever tile selection that added height, made the space seem lighter and more spacious as well as injecting texture and a sense of luxury with its soothing colour palette and high gloss sheen.
Whilst the tile selections were crucial to capturing the ambience and spaciousness within the room, they were still dependent upon great spacial design and clever lighting details to show them at their full potential. Combined with high-quality bathroom furnishings and attention to detail, the result is a truly successful space. Durrant Design was able to bring all the elements within the space together in gorgeous and cohesive manner, creating an ensuite designed for lingering and enjoying. A space of timeless beauty that is also highly functional and a remarkable transformation from its previous identity.
Interior Design: Durrant Design
Photos: MjS Visuals
Ensuite Tiles: The Tile Depot — Tribeca Seaglass Mint 60 x 246mm and Travertition Light Grey Matt 600 x 600mm
Ravani Vanity: Newtech