The judges have been impressed with design ideas from the House Rules teams in both bathrooms – here’s what you can apply to your own bathroom or ensuite design.
Judge Wendy Moore loves a niche for storage – and she felt the black-framed niches created in Tweed Heads worked particularly well. “I think that niches in bathrooms are a great idea. It’s also a great space-saving idea to use the recesses of the walls to create some storage and the niche was in the right position for the bath.”
2. Black tapware
Judge and architect Drew Heath is a big fan of black tapware. “It is a bit of a thing at the moment and to be honest, I like it,” he says. “It is incredibly cleanable and black is always cool. Matt black is a really contemporary colour and most of the tapware that I have seen in House Rules is of a contemporary nature. They have all gone with this sleek tapware and black is the perfect way to set that off. Each fitting is like a stealth bomber, which I like. They just become iconic pieces of design.”
3. Balancing light and colour
In an internal bathroom, such as the one in Tweed Heads, judge Drew Heath says that the choice of light tiles and surface finishes (such as the marble-look tiles used) is vital. However, to balance this brightness, he advises bringing “richness” into the scheme, which requires accessories such as towels or plants, to bring back some texture. “After you have resolved the problem of lack of light, you need bring back in texture and colour to add personality,” he says.