Contemporary BathroomContemporary Bathroom, Sydney
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5. Look upHow to create the illusion of a larger interior is not only about the horizontal plane – verticality can be paramount in making a space feel bigger than it is. Take this contemporary green and white bathroom for example. We’ve all seen bigger and smaller iterations, but there’s no question that the arched skylight visually amplifies the size of the room. Skylights can be designed in almost any shape and size you want, and both fixed and operable types are wonderful tools for enhancing the semblance of space.How Skylights Have Risen Up the Architectural Ranks
7. You can’t always do the job of a tradespersonWe all like to save a dollar or two where possible, and sometimes that involves rolling up our sleeves and getting our hands dirty. There is no doubt that significant savings can be found by taking on certain tasks yourself, and it can be really rewarding to be physically involved in your renovation. However, you should also respect the skills and experience of qualified tradespeople. There are some trades and tasks where a beginner can get away with a few mistakes or a poor finish, like concreting and some carpentry work. However, there are lots of finishing trades, like plastering, painting, tiling and rendering where it is very difficult to hide your inexperience, and your mistakes can quickly become expensive rectifications.
LocationA skylight is an ideal option in a bathroom without windows, letting natural light into a space that would otherwise have none. However, note that the skylight in this bathroom (and in images 1, 2 and 9) is placed over the shower or bathtub so that light is diffused over the sink and mirror rather than being directly over it. This is also evident in kitchen design (see images 3, 5, and 14), where skylights are offset rather than directly over the kitchen, which could cause too much glare and direct heat.
Select geometric-shaped tilesAlthough this accent wall is quite understated in style, it still packs a visual punch. The secret to its success all comes down to unique shape, colour and tiling pattern of the geometric tiles that line the wall. Twenty-one rows of the parallelogram-shaped tiles run lengthways down the accent wall. Take note of how the bold lines and angular look of the striking tile layout ensure that the feature wall commands attention, and draws the eye up to the room’s other standout design features – the curved ceiling and skylight – too.Rather than selecting tiles in a single colour or grouping tiles in the same shade together (two techniques that would create a more structured look), a selection of earthy green and neutral-toned tiles have been artfully scattered across the feature wall instead. The result is an eye-catching colour-block-style arrangement that lends loads of visual appeal to the scheme, and highlights the unique shape and layout of the tiles, too.If you wish to try a similar look in your bathroom, remember to keep the rest of your scheme fairly simple, as this will ensure that nothing detracts from the beauty of your feature wall. You might also like to introduce design elements with gentle curves (like the rounded bathtub, pendant lights and circular door handle seen in this bath zone), which will offset the sharp, angular lines of the tiled wall, and create a look that feels inviting and balanced.See more of this striking contemporary bathroom