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Courting that holiday vibe | The West Australian

Bathing courts are not just a luxury you get to enjoy when you go on a tropical holiday. New homebuilders are indulging in them, traditionally adding one right next to the master suite.

Western Australia offers beautiful weather throughout the year, and baths are making the move outdoors.

Weststyle Interior Designer Courtney Doyle said while baths were functional, a bathing court could add a private, serene slice of paradise to the home.

“Baths can often be seen as a practical item to include, especially for families with young children,” she said.

“When our clients are considering the use of a bath in their master suite, there is typically a common desire to incorporate it in a way that elevates the aesthetic of the space by creating a key showpiece and bringing in an element of luxury.

“Being able to step outside into your own bathing sanctuary immediately transports you to a private luxury space, offering a resort holiday-like feel.

“It is an added indulgence that creates a point of difference in a bespoke home.”

Ms Doyle said it was important to note the orientation of the home before deciding where best to install the bathing court.

“Ideally your bathing court is protected from the elements but still allows some light to filter through openings or screenings,” she said.

“Avoid facing a south-west direction to protect the space from coastal winds.

“Facing north allows year-round sunlight into the space.”

While a bath being located outside might be enough of a feature, Ms Doyle said creating an oasis through the use of different materials and greenery was a way to elevate the room.

“Bathing courts offer an opportunity to use feature materials with rich colours and textures to enhance the moodiness and hotel aesthetic of the space,” she said.

“Screening to create privacy can be in different feature materials such as timber, tile, breezeblock or greenery.

“Consider incorporating plants to create a strong connection with the outdoor spaces of your home.”

Ms Doyle said Weststyle had created a few bespoke bathing courts and, while it was important to continue the style elements from the master bedroom and ensuite, a bathing court was its own space and should be styled as such.

“The Murray by Weststyle adopted large format, dark and textured floor tiles, in sync with the adjacent dark carpet,” she said.

“A similar tone was also applied to the feature timber cladding wrapping up the walls.

“The bathing court is screened to the front facade with a full-height breezeblock wall, so light and shade casts stunning shadows into the bathing court, connecting the space with the outside.

“It is independent of the master ensuite and embraces a tropical resort-style aesthetic.”

Although a bathing court is an added expense, Ms Doyle said it was well worth it to have your master suite feel like the tropics.

“Bathing courts can be seen as a luxury addition to a home, as they extend the master suite and provide another way for you to enjoy the private space,” she said.

CONTACT Weststyle, 9345 1565, www.weststyle.com.au

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