Big Idea


Don’t you just love it when you look up ‘bathroom trends’, hoping for a bit of inspiration that can translate from the pages of Rogue Living to your humble abode, and all that comes up is thousands of images of bathrooms approximately the size of your entire house? I mean, that’s all well and good, but who has bathrooms of that size, really?


In fairness, many of the trends shown would actually transfer to the smallest of bathrooms. That’s because the palatially proportioned bathrooms in question are primarily filled with empty space, and usually quite modestly furnished (of course, with designer fittings and finishes of the highest quality). 


Perhaps these colossal spaces are just default sets that magazine stylists use to demonstrate applications of trends in a way that comes off well in a photo, and not intended as a literal blueprint for bathroom renovation projects. Melbourne properties, generally speaking, do not have rooms like that, so it’s hard to imagine stylists would get away with literal implications of that nature. 


Likewise, kitchen designers certainly don’t have as much to work with as glossy interior styling magazines would have you believe – at least, not on a regular basis, unless all their clients are millionaires (which they might be). Again, though, there’s usually a lot of negative space featured in magazine editorials featuring designer kitchens, so the ideas could theoretically translate to smaller spaces with a minimum of fuss.


That’s the way it’s done, I guess – show your wares in a spacious setting with plenty of elbow room, rather than distracting from them with such trifles as walls, ceilings and floor spaces of the standard dimensions. The problem for me, the disgruntled consumer looking to rip off some ideas, is that it never comes out looking quite the same in my space. 


Terracotta-coloured walls are quite oppressive in a small bathroom – take it from someone who knows.