Bathroom Renovations

Bathroom inspiration: Into the blue

Art Deco influences and a fearless approach to colour inform this whimsical ensuite
John Downs

There’s one element missing from this bathroom – tiles. The ubiquitous bathroom surface has no place in this blissful sanctuary from the modern world – instead, timber panelling is painted a dreamy powder blue on the walls, with floorboards in fresh white. The look is instantly soothing and revitalising – just what you would wish for in a bathroom.

Art Deco-inspired basins and mirrors complete the picture, along with a Carrara marble vanity top (Credit: John Downs)

Brisbane-based interior designer Judy Elliott of Verandah House Interiors created her ensuite in a former bedroom, hence its grand proportions. Inspired by the decadence and flair of the 1930s, she scoured markets and antiques stores for steals she could repurpose, from the ornate carved mirror above the claw-foot tub, now spray-painted white, to the burnished pendant light, sourced in America. These elements are positioned opposite the room’s entry for a stunning first impression. The more functional fixtures sit on the periphery, with the toilet and shower tucked into the corner on one side and the glamorous vanity on the other.

(Credit: John Downs)

EXPERT TIP: Symmetrical designs with striking edges evoke the elegance of the Art Deco era.

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