Fifty Shades of Grey

It’s in the leafy neighbourhood of Moorooka in Brisbane, that Zephyr + Stone – an interior design studio run by Ania Forster – was engaged to create a timeless, understated and sophisticated home in 2022.


The main objective in this design was to combine products and finishes in shades of grey, to achieve a sophisticated and understated design, so aptly the project was named #fiftyshades in reference to the book ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’.



Zephyr & Stone – Interior Designers



Products Used

Slimline Tile Insert 21


Bathroom & ensuite of each home

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In the bathrooms, the key challenge was to find a drainage solution suitable for the length of the showers in the house. The interior design studio tends to specify large tiles in the showers to maintain a seamless, minimalist and modern look and feel, and it was paramount that the team was able to incorporate a long grate along one end to ensure they could get the desired fall to the waste while avoiding numerous tile cuts. Similarly, it was crucial for all elements of the fit-out – including details like drainage – to form part of a cohesive, meticulously designed palette, and work in harmony with other elements of the interior.


Lauxes Grates, being one of Australia’s leading brands in premium water waste drainage solutions, was a natural choice for Zephyr & Stone.  Ania Forster of Zephyr & Stone, was first recommended Lauxes Grates products by one of her trades four years ago, and has been using them ever since.


“We use Lauxes Grates for their seamless, minimal finish which perfectly suits contemporary homes. The colour and finish options in the Lauxes Grates range means it’s easy to pair your grate finish with other accessories in your bathroom, making them suitable for any style or colour palette.”

– Ania Forster of Zephyr + Stone


Lauxes Grates products are also fully customisable and can be ordered up to a remarkable 5.6m length. This makes them perfect for a wall-to-wall finish in most bathrooms and showers, and works well with large tiles the design duo prefers to specify. Plus, the grates can be cut onsite to suit the space.


“Lauxes Grates can be cut and assembled so they’re perfectly customised to your bathroom or space, and one Lauxes Grate is often enough to complete 2-3 bathrooms. Ordering is easy as they’re available from so many local hardware and plumbing stores; so either your plumber, builder or you can source them yourselves.”


In this instance, Zephyr & Stone specified two STI21 grates to create long, linear wastes in three bathroom showers.


“Lauxes Grates are one of those details in a bathroom that really work to elevate your design,” Ania sums up. “The grates perfectly compliment the contemporary aesthetic of our Fifty Shades project, creating seamless lines in the bathroom.”