Seaside style: A small bathroom with major appeal

White, bright and light, this pocket-sized bathroom feels surprisingly airy and open
Marcel Aucar

Taking inspiration from her surroundings, interior designer Amanda Browne has dreamt up a chic coastal-inspired bathroom in a deceptively small space. White walls, white shutters and a white vanity create a crisp and clean backdrop for her understated approach to the theme. “I think coastal styling has evolved from blue and yellow – I’ve tried to be more organic, with the wooden stool, shells and coral,” Amanda says. Porthole-style mirrors merge form and function, their circular design contrasting effectively with the room’s straight lines and galley-style layout.

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The house’s original pine floorboards are a rustic touch in keeping with the beachy feel. “I had them limed to give the room warmth,” says Amanda. “I love that they’re not cold on your feet, like tiles.” Although floorboards are by no means a conventional choice for a bathroom, Amanda maintains they’ve worked out well. “They’ve lasted this long! We just put a big bathmat down,” she says. White tiles are a waterwise choice in the shower. The geometric print of the Missoni towels adds interest to the expanse of white.

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A simple basin mixer leaves space for beachcombing treasures.


EXPERT TIP: Buying a complete shower enclosure is a low-cost alternative to a custom-made design.

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