Expert advice: how to plan a statement bathroom

Interior designer Suzy Hoodless’s top tips for creating an impactful space

Allbright loos by Suzy Hoodless
Suzy Hoodless

West London-based interior designer Suzy Hoodless has recently completed the AllBright club in Mayfair, where she has used pattern to full effect in the compact restrooms. Here she shares her tips on how to decorate this small space...

Lighting This can make a massive impact. It’s good to have decorative fittings, as there aren’t lots of opportunities for statement furniture. Eye-level lighting – rather than downlighters – next to mirrors is essential. Layers of dimmable lighting will create a sense of drama.

Colour Wallpaper is an effective way to add colour – when we worked on AllBright, they wanted Instagrammable bathrooms, and striking wallpapers were our way of achieving that. There’s also a much bigger choice of colourful sanitaryware and taps available now. Or try patterned blinds, keeping the rest of the room clean and contemporary.

Allbright loos by Suzy Hoodless, Mayfair
Photography Taran Wilkhu

Wallpaper Look carefully at the scale of your room when choosing wallpaper to make sure the pattern harmonises with the space. If you’re worried about practicality, add glass over the top as a basin splash back, and tile where needed around baths and showers.

Tiles Don’t be afraid to mix different-coloured tiles in the same space. Layering colourways of the same tile gives instant interest.

Natural materials Using natural materials will add warmth, texture and character. Interesting marbles are a great choice for bathrooms. We recently specified some heavily veined green marble for a bathroom – it’s incredibly decorative and has longevity, too.

Space There’s no need for a small bathroom to be dull. Cut down the number of materials and colours but don’t feel you need to drop pattern – just keep it edited and design with confidence.

This feature appeared in ELLE Decoration October 2019

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