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New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985

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Freed from the hangover of Victorian prudery, the bathroom has become one of the leisure areas of the modern home: a luxury place where we can loaf a little, soak a little, relax in peace and privacy — and feel perfectly justified in doing so.

It is natural, then, that bathroom design and decor should reflect this theme of indulgence. Uninspiring bathrooms are a thing of the past. With the fittings and finishes available today, this very necessary space can be made as alluring as any other room in the house, with tiles, carpets, stained glass, mirrors, colour, patterns, plants and beautiful baths, basins and showers to help things along.

A bathroom can be designed as a retreat. It can open onto gardens and courtyards or into bedrooms, and (with a spa bath in situ) can even become one of the social areas of the house. And the mood that is created in a bathroom can be as wide as your imagination. Dramatic perhaps, or elegant, sensual, frivolous or bizarre. On the following pages we have brought you four bathroom interiors which illustrate a few of the possibilities for imaginative creation in that one room of the house which, not so long ago, nobody liked to mention.