Have you ever considered using shades of gold and other metallised colours in the bathroom? Or have you shied away from them? Architect and interior designer Anushka Shetty shows us how to incorporate metallic accents to create chic and trendy spaces…
For its ability to make a rather small space appear much larger by the light it reflects, we chose the luxurious Bianco Oro marble. A hand-cut black Marquina inlay pattern on the floor gave the space layers and dimension, with the brushed bronze fittings adding a timeless elegance. The mirrored medicine cabinet works perfectly in this compact washroom to double up the space via reflection. The most striking feature is the custom-made brushed bronze aluminium partition that separates the wet and dry areas, substituting a typical shower cubicle.
As this was designed for a teenager, it meant that in this space we kept the aesthetics "on point". We wanted to achieve a sense of delicateness which was done by using smaller-sized mosaic tiles in a dusty rose shade, with the dramatically large terrazzo chip panels balancing them. The edges of the mirror have been softened to keep in tune with the light and airy look. The gold fittings and accessories act almost like ornaments in this dainty, feminine bathroom.
The idea for this space was to mimic the shape of the Kohler veil washbasin in the oval mirror and to create bold forms by skewing the basin at an angle to generate drama. The Roso Orobico marble used for the vanity counter in conjunction with the Bianco Oro marble made the rose gold fittings blend with the design seamlessly.
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Choose the right shade of metal for the right material palette. Rose gold fixtures in a rustic, wooden scheme wouldn’t make sense – instead, black or antique brushed bronze would work better. Similarly, if your bathroom is in a glossy black or brown marble, avoid glossy gold fixtures as the palette might seem gaudy.
Brushed metals appear more restrained and understated than glossy metallic finishes, giving them a more lived in or antique expression.
Consider metallic fixtures to be the jewellery of the bathroom – use them in a controlled manner for a more elegant look. Going overboard with metals might seem ostentatious.
Satin or brushed-gold fixtures appear subtler than glossy gold fixtures. The easiest way to use the colour in a bathroom without the risk of it looking jazzy would be to stick to more matt or brushed finishes. Avoid yellow golds; champagne or French golds are better alternatives.
Anushka Shetty, Architect and Interior Designer, Anushka Shetty Architecture, Mumbai
“Since the inception of the practice in 2017, our design philosophy has always been to avoid visual clutter and over-complicated detailing. We like to practice restraint while designing and only have a few master-strokes that speak volumes, to eventually result in understated elegance and timeless spaces.”
Text by: The Blue Pencil Design Company
Images: Courtesy Anushka Shetty Architecture