The Bachelor Bathroom

One of the things I love about doing interior design for people is that you get the opportunity to decorate in many different styles. This bathroom renovation was exciting for me because it was masculine, rugged and dark. My client told me that he stayed in a hotel once that had an amazing bathroom. It was dark and moody and felt really luxurious to him. He wanted to replicate this feeling in his own bathroom.

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A stone-look porcelain wall tile was selected for this bathroom. The textured surface looks deep grey on mass and contains speckles of earthy, brown and grey up close. A matt charcoal tile across the floor provides contrast and ties in beautifully with the black tap ware and fixtures.

For this particular renovation, my client purchased a double vanity that he fell in love with from an auction house. He loved the reclaimed wood on the vanity bench top and the style of the handles on the front of the drawers and cabinetry. It was important to incorporate this into the design. The only problem was that the original basins on it were white. When all of the tap ware and trimmings in this bathroom were going to be black, the white basins would stick out like a sore thumb. These were swapped out for two square ceramic basins. What a difference this made!

A black toilet was a first for me. It is not something that is common in a domestic bathroom but with all of the other black fittings and dark tiles in the room it seemed only right to have a black toilet as well.

Renovating older homes can lead to lots of tricky surprises. This job was no exception! Large format tiles on uneven floors, and slanting walls caused all sorts of issues. After some problem solving, my client loves his new bathroom.