THE OMARSSON FAMILY CREATED A SEPARATE CHILDREN’S BATHROOM
They love their split-level house from the 1940s, but at some point in the 1980s, the previous owners decided to do away with a lot of practical space – the good-sized bathrooms, for example. The Omarsson family has now changed all that.
THE CHILDREN’S NEW BATHROOM
In the ‘parents’ bathroom’, Ragnar and Ebba have retained as much as possible of the original 1940s appointment – including original porcelain from Gustavsberg. To maintain a consistent theme throughout the home, they were also keen to add a dash of the same to Viggo and Karatina’s new bathroom. They chose to remove a wardrobe to make room for a long and narrow wet room. The bathroom is positioned with one of the children’s rooms on either side, creating a separate ‘children’s wing’. “It’s the children’s bathroom and there’s always a lot of dashing about in there. But I sometimes sneak in to take a quick shower,” relates Ragnar. “I’ve always wanted one of these showers where it feels like it’s raining. It’s a truly wonderful shower.”
THE 1940S LIVE ON
The aesthetics of the children’s new bathroom reference the original bathroom in the home – with new porcelain from Gustavsberg. There is a sense of relationship in the expression. “We were keen to flirt with the 1940s, the period when the house was built. It’s important to show consideration for the building’s soul,” he says. One example of the family’s feeling for detail is Bernadotte’s classic light fitting – in new production – positioned above the mirror.
HOW DID IT TURN OUT?
“Following the renovation, everyone can see one another, and it’s easy to put the kids to bed,” says Ragnar. They can keep an eye on each other in their separate areas. And if they leave the door open, they can hear the grown-ups, too. Mixers with smart solutions are an added bonus. When children can do what they want in their own bathroom, it is important to have functions that automatically regulate the hot water temperature, and which prevent water from streaming out unnecessarily. When they drew up the bathroom, it was difficult to imagine a room just one metre wide – but the final result actually feels quite spacious. “A bathroom need not be overly large,” explains Ragnar. He then adds with some satisfaction: “It turned out even better than I’d hoped.”