By Ilze Hugo, Production Liezel Norval-Kruger, Photography Micky Hoyle
Starring hues from Plascon’s 2015 Colour Forecast, these bold bathrooms make cleaning up your act a pleasure.
Paint it black
Boasting a distinctly masculine feel, this urban bathroom achieves clean lines and a high-design look without breaking the bank.
Get this look
• Being bold and choosing one strong colour instead of a palette of colours is right on trend. Here the walls were painted with Plascon Velvaglo Water-Based in Tribeca Corner (EC48).
• Layering the same colour – for example black on black – creates a strong, pared-down, high-design feel.
• To achieve the look, it’s important to keep the space uncluttered and to carefully choose accessories as focal points.
• You don’t have to spend money on tiles, rather paint your floors to look like cement. This floor was painted by paint effect experts Paintiques.
Accessories: Bath and tap, Still The Bathroom Gallery. Black pendant lights, Eagle Lighting. Mirror, LIM. Lotion and liquid soap, LIM. E Milandri panels, Haas. Hanging planter and plants, Still The Bathroom Gallery. Black leather chair, OKHA. Copper and black occasional tables,LIM. Black candleholder, LIM. James Mudge table, Stable. Black bowl, LIM. Copper candlesticks by Hand Machine, OKHA. Shaving brushes, Mr Cobbs The Barber.
The big blue
Trendy indigo gets and ethnic edge in this cool traveller’s retreat, which showcases an array of eclectic handmade elements.
Get this look
• Paint the walls in Plascon Velvaglo Water-Based Saphire (B7-A1-1).
• Handmade elements with raw textures are important for this look, such as a pendant light made from handmade mud beads, and plates with splashes of paint and textiles.
• Darker elements such as the black metal cupboard and indigo textiles add to the mood, whilst enhancing the exotic theme.
• The chair has been reupholstered in antique overdyed indigo linen.
Cement floor painted by Paintiques. Bath and fap, Still The Bathroom Gallery, Charcoal beaded light by Sprout Design, leon at CCXIX. Bowls on wall from top: Medium bowl, Clementina; small blue bowl, Haas, Greek-style plate, Marigold; large bowl, Clementina, very small bowl, Lisa Firer at Africa Nova; swilled bowl and frilly edged bowl, Africa Nova. Medicine cabinet, C20 Galerie. Lisa Firer vase, Marigold. Glass bottles, Vamp. FH Porcelain swan detail, Haas. Wooden bowl, LIM. Indigo ewe cloth, Artefect. Indigo cloth/scarf and shawl, LIM. Vintage enamel water bottles, Weylandts. Indigo cloth over bath, LIM. Stool, Continuum. Savon soap, French Accent. Indigo chair, Artefect.
The real teal
Undeniably eye-catching, this fashionable blue-green shade takes centre stage in this bathroom that invites a sudsy soak.
Get this look
• Paint the walls in Plascon Velvaglo Water-Based Caribbean Current (G6-C1-1).
• To contrast, create layers using natural, organic elements such as a wooden table, driftwood towel rack, handmade grass pendant lights and sea sponges.
• The antique chest from India adds texture and warmth.
• The air plants offset the teal paint colour and complement its strong grey undertones.
• Wooden candleholders can be used ornamentally without candles. Add candles as and when you need them.
Cement floor painted by Paintiques. Bath and tap, Still The Bathroom Gallery. Wooden hook, Nap. Linen napkin, L’Orangerie. Margy Malan plates, Africa Nova. Prints, Nap. Olive Soap, L’Orangerie. Hanging light covers, Ashanti Design. Bulbs and light cords, Hoi P’Loy. Jug and vases, Loft Living. Café table with stone top, Artefact. Low table, Private Collections. Wooden stool, Nap. Sponges, Mr. Cobbs The Barber. Savon Soap, Victorian Bathrooms. Ivory brush, Mr. Cobbs The Barber. Round wooden candleholders, Nap. Wooden candle sticks, LIM. Air plant, Opus. Chest, Private Collections.
In the pink
Careful accessorizing ensures that this contemporary rose-hued powder room is feminine without being frilly.
Get this look
• Paint the walls with Plascon Velvaglo Water-Based Tiny Pink (R1-A2-3).
• Transparent elements such as the chair and side table complement the icy pink palette, keeping the space light and airy, ensuring the look is not too cottagey. Pendant lights are strung quite low and make reading in the bath easier.
• The Moroccan tiles add texture and visual contrast.
• The soft ottoman features a crocheted cover with a modern shape, which marries old and new. The same goes for the chair and marble table. Choose an ottoman with a removable cover that can easily be washed.
Cement floor painted by Paintiques. Bath and tap, Still The Bathroom Gallery. Mirror, Wowhaus. Charcoal flower sketch, Artefact. Bold vase,Klomp. Ceramics, Present Space and Stable. Katherine Glenday cup, Africa Nova. White pendant lights, Eagle Lighting. Patterned tiles, On Site. Clear transparent queen table, Chair Crazy. Rose soap, Nap. Woven pouffe, LIM. Linen Shirt, L’Orangerie. Clear transparent Déjà vu chair, Chair Crazy. Metal table with marble top, Artefact. Clear bottles, Marigold. Fold vase, Stable. Room diffuser refills, Nap. Love Lolla bowl with roses, Present Space. Bowls, Marigold.