Deadline Design With Shaynna Blaze

Get the Look: Washroom Wonderland

Follow Shaynna's advice to get the look from the Footscray home on Deadline Design with Shaynna Blaze.

Creating Max and Kirby’s ‘Wonderland’ with its series of themed rooms could easily have seen their home’s interior descend down the rabbit hole and into a childlike mess. My key to avoiding this was to create balance by keeping the hallway very simple, building to a crescendo in each room.

The couple’s main bathroom was a great example of this technique, taking visitors on a trip into Max and Kirby’s world. An adventure playground to design, I know it won't be to everyone’s taste but there are so many beautiful textural, colourful and patterned elements within it that balance one another other out.

The green tiles on the wall have a Moroccan feel to them that works with the hand-painted ceramic basin. The handmade ceramic cabinetry handles (in the same style as the basin) have a very organic feel when using them.

As the room is taller than it is wide, I created the illusion of a lower ceiling by using more green in the wall tiles, selecting a gloss finish so the deep colour didn’t feel too heavy overhead. 

Light reflection was important to create a feeling of spaciousness in the small area and the brushed copper surface I selected was the perfect material for the job. It added light reflection without the ‘bling factor’ that would have been created if I’d used a mirrored surface.

The antique, bronzed tapware reminded me of vintage fittings you might find in a Moroccan courtyard water feature, and adds age and depth to the colour palette in the bathroom. 

The cut-crystal droplet lights create a mini chandelier effect heightening the rich sense of glamour in this bathroom, while the functional white toilet and bath are a crisp contrast to the colour of the large, concrete-finished hexagon tiles which are the colour mediator in the room.

Plush, luxurious-feeling, textured towels provide the finishing touch to the sensory experience that is Max and Kirby’s bathroom, transporting it from the everyday to a washroom wonderland.

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