How to create a beautiful and practical bathroom.
One of the trends in bathroom design is blurring the lines between the bedroom and bathroom, so that the bathroom becomes an extension of the bedroom. There is a trend towards a softer, more decorative look, while still keeping the functionality and practicality. This look really lends itself towards traditional styling, so take inspiration from powder rooms in country house hotels
Catchpole and Rye, specialising in antique sanitaryware, are a company that encapsulate this trend and have recently opened a large showroom in Tunbridge Wells. They make wonderful metallic bateau baths and traditional basins.
Subway tiles create a vintage look with a modern twist. If using rugs in a bathroom remember to add a non slip backing for safety.
Carpet, floor length curtains, a comfy chair and an oil painting combine to create a boudoir feel in this bathroom. Carpet is not my first choice when it comes to bathroom flooring due to the difficulty of keeping it clean and dry but can work in a master provided you are very careful about splashes, and it is popular with older people due to its warmth underfoot. I would only use curtains in a large, well ventilated space otherwise they have a tendency to become damp in the humid atmosphere.
A Thirties feel is created in this glamorous powder room, with a marble-topped vanity unit, soft peach pearlescent wallpaper and wall-lights with shades. Vinyl wallpaper will withstand humidity, but I would not use it at all in a family bathroom especially one containing a shower, as prolonged time under a hot shower would make even the most robust wallpaper turn up at the edges. However, in a master bathroom with careful users it will be fine!
Iron -0n vinyl laminate can transform a fabric curtain into a shower curtain. Damask wallpaper and ornate wall and ceiling lights add a luxurious touch.