Determine the element you want most and build everything else around that.

This is a one-of-a-kind bathroom. Just like the woman whose home it is in.

Charlotte Vrist Petersen’s house was built in 1900, and she has just completed a renovation of the family bathroom. Two rooms were combined, the foundation dug out, the walls torn down, and a new electricity supply was installed. Today, the bathroom is beautiful, practical and unique. Because unconventional choices were made. Luminaires, tiles and fixtures were found through intensive research. And Charlotte’s job skills proved useful here. She works as a brand advisor at Samira Kudsk PR, a public relations agency, and her husband works for the e-Types branding agency. Both their jobs involve working visually, so they searched Pinterest, and collected mood boards, wish lists and material samples. 

On Pinterest, Charlotte fell in love with a blue Italian tile with a confetti pattern in terracotta, white and grey. But sourcing the tile wasn’t easy. She had a dealer order it for her after only seeing a 10 x 10 cm sample. The tiles arrived in a 120 x 120 cm size, and they now cover the back wall and shower area. The couple considered tiling the entire room, but instead opted to install a large mirror on the opposite wall that reflects the tiles and makes the room appear larger. The striking, subtle base colour made it easier to select a toilet and a wash-hand basin in a more daring terracotta shade, which recurs in the tile and also brings contrast to the room.

– We’re a family of two adults and three kids, so there is a lot of chaos and we certainly don’t need any more of that. We wanted clean lines, calm, and muted colours. A spa feeling where you can shut the rest of the world out a bit. We used to have a small bathroom so it was important for us to create more space. Now we have two wash-hand basins to avoid morning quarrels – plus a lot of storage space to keep our things tidy and tame the clutter. With built-in cabinets and a large unit under the wash-hand basin, our space issues have disappeared.

The overall impression is now one of simplicity and elegance. Charlotte’s top tip after having completed the project: 

– Determine the element you want most (for me it was the tiles) and build everything else around that. It serves as a starting point and helps you find your style.


Tiles: Mutina, designer Barber & Osgerby
Toilet/wash-hand basin: Lavabo
Shower drain and shower wiper: Unidrain
Fixtures: Fantino
Custom-built cabinets
Glass apothecary bottles for shampoos and soaps

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