A heritage-style bathroom with traditional features

A Blenheim bathroom embraces villa-style features such as batten and board paneling, tongue and groove and a claw-foot bath

The background

Kirsty and David Wraight’s new build in Blenheim is anything but modern. With a shared love of heritage homes, it’s no wonder David – a builder who owns a business specialising in villa-style homes – took this project on himself. Completed in May 2014, their stunning three-bedroom villa has a soft and traditional colour scheme, but Kirsty wanted some colour in the bathroom, opting for Resene ‘Hermitage’. The white battened feature wall painted in Resene ‘Quarter Cararra’ is the perfect backdrop for the grand claw-foot bath – the centrepiece of the room. “Everyone who comes here passes a comment about the bathroom,” says Kirsty. “We are completely delighted.”

Tips & tricks from this bathroom

  • Soft pastels are popular but if they’re clean pastels they can look too sweet, while dusty pastels can look too murky. Team them with crisp white trims, as Kirsty and David have, or include a sharp-coloured accent.
  • If you have timber flooring, try a whitewashed finish with Resene ‘Colorwood Whitewash’ for a relaxed look.

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