Motueka bathroom

This luscious bathroom is part of a luxury lodge situated high on a hilltop in Motueka, near Nelson. Consisting of four separate suites, each with beautifully designed bathrooms, the lodge overlooks the surrounding mountains and the wild Motueka River. 

The owners of the lodge were so taken with the location that they asked the architect and interior designer to take their design cues from the environment itself, explains interior designer Nikki Burnet of ES Design. “With the bathrooms in particular, the tones are inspired by the exterior environment. We chose materials like the mylonite stone on the tops to create a look that is both beautiful and organic,” she says. “The grain of the stone emulates the river, and the natural timber on the vanity echoes the trees outside. The rest is kept quite neutral.”

Antique White Bars wall tiles provide this neutral backdrop and also exemplify the designers’ attempts to balance the budget, explains Nikki. “The custom-made solid timber vanities with the beautiful stone tops were a real splurge, and we counteracted that using more cost-effective wall tiles and tapware.”

The oak vanities and cupboard doors are given a teak stain to bring out the grain and add to the natural texture in the space. Lighting is ambient and provides a warm glow, which is accentuated by the sheen of brass tap and shower fittings. Adding to the sense of luxury, the bath is separated from the main bathroom by shōji screens, which, when closed, give the impression of bathing outdoors. 

These are spacious bathrooms that even contain chaise-lounge seating to allow guests to lay back and enjoy the rituals of bathing and dressing in these opulent rooms.


Get the look

Tiles: Antique White Bars Mosaics from Tile Warehouse

Cabinetry: Oak with a teak-coloured stain by Waimea West Joinery

Tapware: Plumbline Buddy range

Vanity top: Mylonite from Universal Granite

Basin: Catalano Zero from Plumbline

Mirrors: Starlight LED from Plumbline

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