Before and after: Interior designer brings ‘tired and dated’ bathrooms to life

After: The master bath has a modernly shaped tub that designer Juliet Coleman says softens the room.

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After: The master bath has a modernly shaped tub that designer Juliet Coleman says softens the room.

Interior designer Juliet Coleman’s clients are busy doctors who had lived with their home in Tamahere, Waikato, in a ‘tired and dated’ state for 11 years – they needed help.

Coleman, who learned his trade in Cape Town, South Africa, and honed it renovating five properties in London, has been in business in Cambridge, New Zealand, for almost 20 years.

JULIETTE COLEMAN:

They had been living in this house for some time. It was tired and old fashioned so they let me in to help out with the whole house. It needed a complete change of flooring, wall colors, all bathrooms and window treatments. Even in the barbecue area outside the stone was crumbling so we put some nice new stones there.

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They were both very busy professionals, a surgeon and an anesthetist, who didn’t have time to look at products. A lot of people have no idea what’s available: that’s where our role comes in. We have samples, mood boards just to give them a better idea.

Being busy with work, they want to go home quietly.

Interior designer Juliet Coleman has worked in the Waikato area for about 20 years.

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Interior designer Juliet Coleman has worked in the Waikato area for about 20 years.

We worked with an existing color they had throughout the living room and kitchen, Resene Raptor Green, a nice green. It would have been a shame to lose that.

We changed the curtains where they were tired and dated, and added curtains and window treatments. It changes the whole look and feel. Even taking the curtains and hanging them higher makes a big difference, creating a sense of space and height.

We equalized at Resene Quarter Akaroa, which went very well.

We replaced a thin, budget laminate flooring with a nice quality laminate from the Hamilton Floorboards Flooring Store. That’s what’s in the bathrooms. And we used the large and small mosaic tiles in the shower niches.

Before: The master bathroom was functional but dated.

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Before: The master bathroom was functional but dated.

They wanted to have the same look in all three bathrooms. The downstairs guest bathroom is probably the most modified – it previously had shiny purple walls. We went with a calm neutral color palette, nothing flashy and outrageous.

We ripped out everything we could in terms of old fittings. The windows were to remain. We also had in mind to keep things like the toilet, vanity and shower where they were. This made the most sense, also from a cost perspective, especially since that master bathroom is on the second floor.

We wanted to modernize it and make it a more welcoming room. Because they are the two who use it, it needed a good sized vanity, with a mirrored closet above for extra storage.

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The bathtub gives a nice shape and softens the look of the room. We had to hire a mini crane to get it across the atrium into the hallway.

I think it fits well in this space. They didn’t want an integrated look. It gives a point of difference and creates a nice look as you walk into the room. It is also a comfortable bath.

It was a luxury option. As for practicality, for cleaning, you can access it all around.

And we have lovely Bette enamel shower trays. They are very good quality and last a lifetime: I know that from having used them in many properties over the years.

Before: The guest bathroom had a corner tub that took up a lot of space.

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Before: The guest bathroom had a corner tub that took up a lot of space.

After: The guest bathroom is only a small room, so it works best with a shower.

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After: The guest bathroom is only a small room, so it works best with a shower.

The client was quite keen to tile all around, but cut the tile just above the height of the vanity. They didn’t need full height tiling except in the shower, and cost is also a factor. This creates a nice continuity.

The color here is Quarter Akaroa. It actually looks lighter than it looks in the photo.

We chose this ladder towel rack, a nice long one to accommodate two towels. It was the most convenient place for it.

With laminate, they take a picture of the wood itself and press it to the surface. It gives you a real natural wood finish in a practical and durable material. It’s pretty popular right now in homes everywhere. It has an underlay underneath, which softens and provides good insulation, including sound insulation, which is important as this is the top floor.

Because they are on the upper level, they just have film on the window – no blinds or venetian or anything. When you are standing in the shower, you can look at the trees. And it lets in all the light.

Before: The children's bathroom also needed updating.

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Before: The children’s bathroom also needed updating.

After: Similar style accessories were specified for the children's bathroom.

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After: Similar style accessories were specified for the children’s bathroom.

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