Let’s talk WA bathroom trends for 2017
With the end of the year fast approaching, Perth bathroom & interior design specialist Belinda Kailis has been hard at work transforming an older property for Dianella clients. The results are stunning and the owners are delighted. We asked Belinda to share her thoughts about new trends and bathroom design ideas for 2017.
SI: What are the emerging bathroom trends for in 2017?
BK: As an interior designer my clients expect me to be across emerging trends, and of course I love developing new and innovative small bathroom designs. My top picks for 2017 are:
- Organic and natural materials in neutral colours with earthy tones. These materials are timeless and won’t outdate.
- Brass fixtures, I love how the warm patina of aged brass teams perfectly with natural stone and wood.
- We will say goodbye to geometric tiles and favour creating blocks of colour and texture with oversized tiles in natural materials.
- I love clean open surfaces, so will create uncluttered spaces with more concealed storage.
- Rimless toilet suites, a great combination of functionality and design which compliment contemporary style.
SI: Did these emerging trends influence your bathroom renovation at Phillips St Dianella?
BK: Our client fell in love with a wood effect tile they had seen in our renovations gallery. I had designed a bathroom using the tile on the floor and suggested that for them we made it into a dramatic feature by continuing it up the shower wall.
By orienting the tiles in this way, we created an illusion of a larger room and maintained the theme by using natural stone tiles against the wood grain, lots of concealed storage and mirrored cabinets.
SI: The original floor plan was small, how did you make the space more functional?
BK: Functionality is a huge thing for modern family needs. The original ensuite was quite small which limited our options but I was able to suggest ways to create the illusion of space and incorporate practical solutions into my design.
Firstly we opened the room up by removing the shower enclosure and sliding door, and created a walk in shower with a frameless glass screen. We also decided to use robe hooks rather than towel rails, this works well in limited space.
SI: How long did the bathroom remodeling take, and what steps were involved?
BK: A renovation of this size is complex but we were helped by the fact the owners were not living in the house. This gave us a clear run and allowed us to demolish all 3 rooms and work consecutively. We completed the project in just 3 weeks. The steps included:
- Demolition and removal of rubble
- Floor and wall preparation and waterproofing
- Plumbing fit out and installation of cabinetry
- Plumbing and electrical tube out
- Tiling and shower screen installation
- Final clean and polish
SI: What was the greatest challenge?
BK: Without doubt the plumbing, we had to change the old copper pipes to new PVC. Our plumbers were straight onto it and changed the pipes in a day.
SI: What feature of the renovation pleases you most?
BK: My favourite part was the ensuite floor and feature tile. By keeping everything else simple we transformed it into an elegant room.
Click here to see the stunning results of the Dianella bathroom and ensuite renovation.