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Lifestyle : Bathrooms and Kitchens 2011
1HERSA1 C024 SPECIAL REPORT Create a clean look New, cheaper materials and clever furnishing can transform a washroom for less, writes Isobel King. S o, how about a comfy armchair or maybe a mirrored dresser to complement that striking stone basin? Eccentric as it might sound, furnishings are the latest in bathroom glamour, as designers take their cue from other living areas in the home. ‘‘It’s a very prominent trend,’’ the director of Paco Jaanson, Ari Zorlu, says. ‘‘Designers are delineating between ceramic ware and furniture, making storage independent, so you can change the look at any time without gutting your whole bathroom.’’ While not to everyone’s taste, nor perhaps even practical for your average space-challenged bathroom, it does demonstrate how far the humble washroom has come. Vanities and basins You only have to wander through a few bathroom showrooms to see floor-mounted vanities have been upstaged by sleek, wall-hung beauties. By freeing up valuable floor space, they make compact bathrooms seem much larger. However, there are a couple of drawbacks to keep in mind. If your existing plumbing is through the floor, you’ll have to move your pipes to the wall, which can be expensive, depending on how accessible the plumbing is. Wall-hung vanities also provide less storage than conventional floor varieties, so you’ll need to rethink where you house all that inevitable bathroom clutter. The general manager of bathrooms for Harvey Norman and Domayne, Len Nucifora, says plain white polyurethane is still the most popular finish for cabinets, although timber-look finishes are making an appearance. Vanity tops make the real style statement. Luxury finishes range from Carrara marble, CaesarStone and Corian to resin polymarble. Fully moulded designs – in which the sink and top are formed from one piece – are most coveted. Their streamlined, organic look is a breeze to clean – something the managing director of Candana, Marc Reed, says is a big consideration now. The consensus is that above- counter basins have seen their day. The novelty factor wore off when owners realised they were left with towering grime traps. Space allowing, his-and-hers basins remain popular. Toilets Again, a wall-hung pan is the go and even better if you can splash out on a cistern concealed in the wall. That could mean inserting it into an existing wall if there is room, or building a false wall to house it. If the budget doesn’t stretch that far, you can take your pick of modern wall-hugging toilets that take up a fraction of the space of your old dunny and probably use half the water. If you’re renovating, it’s a good idea to check with your plumber before you go shopping so you can find something compatible with your existing outlet. Baths The arrival of hard-wearing acrylic has made freestanding baths kitchens bathrooms laundries wardrobes entertainment units home joinery showroom 97 Victoria Road Drummoyne NSW 2047 p 02 8999 1588 f 02 8079 0768 e firstname.lastname@example.org www.kitchenation.com.au www.gelosa.com.au ~ Level 1, 69 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria ~ 02 9380 6100 Celebrating 40 years in Australia Celebrating 40 years in Australia AG4729700AA-261111 24 November 26- 27, 2011 smh.com.au The Sydney Morning Herald
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