Clean sweep

Artful ideas for all things washroom. Bathing, beautifying and beyond — self-care has never looked so good. 

Little treasure

This hidden gem of a powder room is a haven of understated elegance. Jewel- toned tiles combine with refined details, the mirror, tapware, basin and vanity striking a delicate balance. High-quality materials such as brass make every touchpoint a luxe experience and you can rarely go wrong with green — its ties to nature mean it doesn’t feel out of place in a home that favours neutrals.

BACKDROP Walls in Resene Half Rickshaw; floor in Resene Quarter Stonehenge, Artisan Moss Green Gloss tiles, $99.50m2, FROM LEFT Sylvan flush cupboard pull handle, $8, Oku bin, $80, Corian washstand, $1516, Lulu hand towel by Vivaraise, $15, Niagara Verona vessel basin, $749, and Buddy wall-mounted basin mixer, $799, by Progetto, Rectangle Outline mirror, $690, Kimono robe, $335,

Breathing room

Maximise a small space with minimalist décor that gives you room to move. Keep the look tidy with a wall-hung mirror neatly aligned with a columnar pedestal basin; a freestanding mixer rising up from the floor continues the linear appeal. All you need now is built-in storage and a ledge for display.

BACKDROP Carrara Polished Mosaic tiles, $29.50 per sheet, (also pictured opposite). Ledge custom-made by homestyle. Floor in Resene Quarter Stonehenge, FROM LEFT Shell chair by Niko Kralj, $950, Bjorn Oval mirror by Middle of Nowhere, $325, Niagara freestanding basin by Progetto, $1999, Buddy floor-mounted basin mixer by Progetto, $2999, Soap dish, $35, Citrus & Poppy Seed soap by Sphaera, $26, Face towel by Nawrap, $19, Vase stylist’s own.

Cool group

Collect a line-up of beautifying bits and bobs that are attractive, effective and complement your fixtures. Musts for us include an oil burner or incense holder, conscious brushes for teeth and skin, a vase for dried or fresh flowers, and lotions and potions that treat you and the planet right. Aim for everything you need and nothing you don’t.

FROM LEFT Brass oil burner, $215; Béatrice oil burner blend, $40, Omoressence elixir by Omorovicza, $143, Nourishing Hair Hydratant conditioner, $44, Comb hair oil, $68, Soapstone vessel by Asili, $89, Bamboo toothbrushes by The Eco Brush, $6 each, Beechwood face brush by Redecker, $29, Ash vase by Walk in the Park, $104,

A bit of rough

Contemporary bathrooms can often be shiny, slippery customers, but layered textures aren’t just for living areas — in fact, their subtle introduction in a washroom can make a big statement. Here we’ve taken the rough with the smooth while combining straight lines with curves. 

BACKDROP Boston Sabbia tiles, $109.50m2, FROM FRONT LEFT Herringbone hand towel by Classiky, $37, Overtime mask by Summer Fridays, $76, Botanical face serum by Salt by Hendrix, $44, Grid Flat purse, $30, Soapstone vessel by Asili, $89, Wooden comb, $29, Round Outline mirror, $480, Halo vessel basin by Concrete Nation, $899; Buddy round spout kitchen mixer by Progetto, $649, Soap dish, $35, Pomegranate Seed Oil & Pink Clay soap, $26, 

Stay grounded

Freestanding baths are great and all that, but lately their built-in counterparts have been catching our eye. We love the way their boxy effect creates spatial interest, allowing their surrounds to shine. Think of your drop-in tub as an architectural element that invites the use of solid surface materials such as travertine, marble or tiles.

BACKDROP Walls in Resene Half Rickshaw; floor in Resene Submerge, FROM LEFT Evo 1800 inset bath, $599, Custom travertine decal, POA, (Decal used to reference a solid stone aesthetic.) Fontane Bianche 3-Hole basin mixer by Fantini, $2499, Teak side table, $295, Orpheus Incarnate candle, $210, Speckled Clam dish, POA, @lineslikes. Cotton bathmat, $48, Blue Nude by Henri Matisse print, $60, Edge frame, $80, Pitch full-length mirror, $540,

Styling Juliette Wanty
Photography Wendy Fenwick
Set build Nic Fletcher and Todd Neal
Styling assistant Milly McDermott

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