5 bathroom trends worth knowing

whether you’re working with a
small space or looking to make a decorative splash, the options are
limitless when it comes to bathroom design. jessica doyle selects
some inspiring examples…

five experts, five trends

clockwise from top right

1. barbara sallick,  founder of waterworks

‘we’re seeing a big shift from nickel fittings to
unlacquered brass, which will tarnish and soften with time.’
‘henry’ one-hole cross-handle faucet in unlacquered
, £1,354.32, from waterworks.

2. rita konig, interior designer 
& house & garden columnist

‘i’m really into wallpaper
 the bathroom, particularly
in flora or fauna prints. i’m installing
‘fuchsia’ by twigs in a client’s bathroom.’ ‘fuchsia’ (salmon), by
twigs, 67.5cm wide, £288 for a 4.5-metre roll, from simon 

3. daniel cook, designer, c p hart

‘designers are rejecting the
functional requirements of austerity and embracing flair, opulence
and luxurious detailing.’ ‘organico’ basin
with lamp, by jaime
 hayón for bisazza
bagno, 81 x 142 x 62cm,
from c p

4. rita rendo-castro, head of marketing, catchpole &

‘we’ve seen a move away from colour
and this month are launching several new smart metal
, including this bath with nickel interior, from
£5,400, from catchpole & rye.

5. louisa morgan, marketing

‘designers are becoming more daring,
using darker
 stones to
create show-stopping spaces.’ ‘black emperador’
 marble, £71.98 a square
metre, from

more ideas for overhauling your bathroom

1. good wood

wood panelling and cabinetry –
or even a wooden bath – can add warmth and character to your

exotic edge

dark, heavily veined wood is the theme at the
estancia vik hotel in uruguay. the smooth finish of the panelling
and sculptural design of the bath keep the look sleek. based in
devon, william garvey is a good source for modern wooden
baths. williamgarvey.co.uk

2. small spaces

shoehorning everything you need
into a compact bathroom is a challenge, but one that can be
overcome with these clever solutions

it’s a

a smaller bath, built in and panelled with marble, is
an elegant option when space is limited. at this house in chelsea,
french interior designer eve mercier used wrap-around carrara
marble in large-format slabs ‘to visually enhance the sense of
space and avoid a “bitty” look’. natural light is afforded by a
frosted, circular ‘peekaboo’ window between the bathroom and
adjacent bedroom.


a small room doesn’t necessarily
small fixtures and fittings. the owners of this notting hill bathroom wanted a large basin that
could double up as a utility sink, so architects
maxwell & company
installed a
belfast sink with built-in oak-veneer panelling incorporating a
cabinet. try victorian plumbing for belfast sinks, from
around £150.

space-saving multifunctional

1 ‘coffee bamboo arena
revolve 1400
‘ cabinet, by wireworks, 140 x 28 x 18cm,
£389, from heal’s
myroom‘ slimline polymarble basin and worktop, 12
x 150
x 30.5cm, £199, from bathstore. 3
xenon‘ 77.5cm stainless-steel organiser pole,
£609, from samuel heath. 4 ‘storjorm
mirror with integrated lighting, 47cm diameter, £55, from ikea. 5
biblio‘ bath, £13,800, from cp

3. the right lights

even in a bathroom with plenty
of natural light, good lighting is vital

added insight

sally storey of john
cullen lighting shares her four golden rules for effective
bathroom illumination:

1 general for
ceilings of under three metres, recessed downlights are a practical
option; place leds close to the wall, directed towards the basin
and above the wc or towel rail. for ceilings of over three metres,
a chandelier provides a focus and has the effect of lowering the
feeling of the ceiling height.  

2 task wall lights
on either side of a mirror give the correct side light that will
balance the reflection of your face. if the bathroom is too modern
or small for wall lights, consider a strip of led backlighting
behind the mirror.

3 atmosphere to
create a spa ambience, use one-watt low-level led uplights at the
base of
a stone or tiled wall, behind a
free-standing bath or in a windowsill to light

4 control a dimmer
system will allow you to set different lighting ‘scenes’ for the
evening and night.

4. get organised

good storage is a must, whether
you choose integrated, open or free-standing 


if you have the space, opting for free-standing
storage allows you to use furniture not specifically designed for
the bathroom. here, henri fitzwilliam-lay has chosen a
glass-fronted wooden cabinet, which, teamed with an antique rug,
creates an unstructured aesthetic.


for a streamlined, uncluttered look,
it’s best to go built-in. interior designer philippa thorp
hasn’t wasted an inch of space in this chelsea bathroom,
incorporating cupboards under the basins and ceiling-height
mirror-fronted cupboards above built into the
wall cavity for a flush finish.

5. decorative touches

patterned wallpaper, art,
lighting and accessories create a bathroom that packs a decorative


artwork can set the tone of any room. here, a map
becomes a visual cue for the bather to daydream about far-flung
places. if you’re worried about steam ruining art on the wall,
stick to prints in inexpensive frames. stanfords
stocks a wide range of maps.


‘use design elements from other
parts of your house in the bathroom,’ says sarah watson of balineum.
‘wallpaper, fabrics and furniture
help make it an extension of the house.’ by bwarchitects,
this manhattan bathroom exemplifies her point, combining decorative
lighting, shimmery de gournay wallpaper, an alpaca rug and a
mirror ball.

6. floor show

whether it’s brightly coloured
or monochrome, choosing a theme is a good starting


the colour of the bath establishes the decorative
scheme of this pretty bathroom. it is the ‘spey’ bath from drummonds
(from £4,980), and has been painted in a bespoke colour to match the salmon pink of the mix-and-match terracotta-tiled floor from palazzo
morelli, which is also echoed in the curtain fabric. the loo
and shower are neatly concealed behind the wall to the right.


a dramatic black-sided bath and black and white tiles
design’s ‘lantern’, from £300 a square metre – create a
monochrome look in this bathroom by suzy

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