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Bathroom Inspiration

An exclusive peek inside the world’s most beautiful bathrooms

Bathroom vanity and mirror surrounded by blue and white chequerboard pattern tiles
CP Hart

PRECIOUS MOMENTS

Bathroom with freestanding bath and basin and plants in pots
EX.T

With their distressed, pearlescent surface, these ‘Crea’ wall tiles by Ariana Ceramica Italiana will add a low-key glamour to any space. Pair them with the clean lines of EX.T’s new brass edition of the ‘Stand’ bathtub and washstand by Norm Architects and the scheme has a soft and sophisticated look.

Wall tiles ‘Crea’ in ‘Pearl’, £39.40 per square metre; ‘Crea’ in ‘Stories’, £46.67 per square metre, both by Ariana, tile.expert

Bath ‘Stand’ by Norm Architects, £5,732, ex-t.com
Washstand ‘Stand’ by Norm Architects,£1,634, ex-t.com

Lighting ‘Void’ copper pendant lights by TomDixon, from £215 each, heals.com

Flooring ‘Legend’ wood-effect ceramic tiles in ‘Grey’ by Ariana, from £40.12 per square metre, tile.expert

SUNSET STRIP

Bathroom with yellow shower screen
Laufen

Apply a real-life Instagram filter to your bathroom with a coloured glass shower screen. This yellow panel has a brilliantly mood-lifting tint that casts a permanently sunny glow over the otherwise pared-back palette of natural materials.

Screen Glass specialist Float GlassDesign can create a bespoke tinted pane of glass floatglassdesign.co.uk
Basin ‘Sonar’ by Patricia Urquiola, from £792, laufen.com
Tap ‘Kartell’ mixer, from £636, laufen.com
Cabinetry ‘Boutique’ double vanity unit, from £3,332; tall cabinet, from £1,964, both

laufen.com

CHECK MATE

Bathroom vanity and mirror surrounded by blue and white chequerboard pattern tiles
CP Hart

Use standard square tiles to great effect by arranging them in a bold, chequerboard pattern. When used as a backdrop for an architectural-style washstand, the result is fantastically graphic.

‘I Catini’ basin and stand by Cielo,from £1,580, cphart.co.uk

FADE TO GREY

Bath and shower with square charcoal encaustic tiles on wall and floor
PERNILLA HED/ HOUSE OF PICTURES (PHOTOGRAPHY), ISABELLE OLANDER (STYLING)

The calm simplicity of Moroccan spas was the inspiration for this Swedish bathroom. A cast concrete bathtub sits against a backdrop of charcoal grey encaustic tiles, both of which have a pleasingly unfinished feel.

Tiles ‘Solid #3’, £84.60 per square metre, marrakechdesign.se

Bath Living Concrete can create bespoke designs livingconcrete.co.uk

Tap ‘Evo EVM026’ bath and shower mixer,£342, tapwell.com

Shower ‘Evo TVM2200’ shower column,£962, tapwell.com

BLUE IS THE COLOUR

Bathroom sink and vanity in Klein Blue
IYA TURABELIDZE

Interior designer Iya Turabelidze has used bright colour – in the form of the Klein Blue cabinetry – to ensure this bathroom in a private home in Russia leaves a lasting impression.

Tiles Bespoke design made fromUkrainian stone – for a similar look, try ‘Marini Base’ terrazzo tiles from Fired Earth, £124.80 per square metre firedearth.com

Cabinetry The sink unit and mirror are bespoke designs made of stainless steel, which have been painted Klein Blue – ‘Ultra Blue’ by Little Greene is similar, £49 for 2.5 litres littlegreene.com

Tap ‘Tara’ by Dornbracht, from £903, cphart.co.uk

SMALL WONDER

Vintage bathroom vanity with white metro tiles and monochrome wall mural
Sandberg

Transform a compact bathroom or cloakroom into something really special with daring wallpaper. This modern, monochrome mural by Sara B for Swedish brand Sandberg provides a great juxtaposition with the feminine feel of the repurposed antique washstand.

Wall mural ‘Österbro’ wall mural (270x360cm), £425, sandbergwallpaper.com

Furniture This vanity unit is a vintage piece. Try Selency for a selection selency.co.uk

Tap For similar, try the ‘Impact’ basin mono mixer, £139, bathstore.com

LIGHT INDUSTRY

Twin basins in bathroom with hexagonal mint tiles, mismatched mirrors and bulkhead lights
MAÍRA ACAYABA

Contrast is key in this Brazilian bathroom, where São Paulo-based design practice Estudio Penha (estudiopenha.com) has offset contemporary custom-made basins and industrial-style bulkhead lights with pretty, mint green tiles and mismatched antique mirrors.

Basins Bespoke stainless-steel designs set into a custom-made limestone countertop. Hansgrohe has a good selection, from £495 hansgrohe.co.uk

Tiles For similar, try ‘GreenHexagonal’, £5.18 per square metre, bertandmay.com

Lighting Try the salvaged British bulkhead wall lights by Revo, £270 each, skinflintdesign.com

Mirrors Find similar vintage designs on ebay.co.uk

Accessories Try H&M for rattan and seagrass baskets hm.com

PRIVATE OASIS

Bedroom with concrete walls leading into concrete shower
NIN SOLIS / LIVING INSIDE

An open-plan layout gives you the luxury of an en-suite without making the space feel boxed in. In this rustic Mexican home, a simple concrete wall provides just enough privacy.

Shower For similar, try the ‘La Chapelle’ wall-mounted shower head, £449, hollowaysofludlow.com

Furniture ‘Backenzahn’ oak stool by Philipp Mainzer for E15, £860, conranshop.co.uk

PIPE DREAM

Marcel Wanders pipe shower in black bathroom
BERTRAND LIMBOUR / HOUSE OF PICTURES

The ‘Pipe’ shower by Marcel Wanders for Boffi is an absolute design classic. Conceived by the Dutch designer 18 years ago, its simple yet functional design still looks as modern as ever, and it’s a perfect statement piece in this smart black and white bathroom.

Shower ‘Pipe’ by Marcel Wanders,£4,640, boffi.com

Taps ‘Minimal’ wall-mounted,£1,086 each, boffi.com

Tiles Bespoke black Corian – for similar try the wide range at jodari.co.uk

IN THE FRAME

Marble bath with framed marble wall panel
YAN DERET

Beautiful marble is a work of art, so treat it that way by mounting it within a frame, as seen in this bathroom by interior designer Tristan Auer for Wilson Associates, a creative studio in Paris. It’s an effective way of accentuating a smaller area of stone if your budget is limited.

Bath: A custom-made design, carved from marble. Stone specialist Lapicida sells a range of hand-carved marble tubs lapicida.com

Tap: For similar, try the ‘Berkeley’ black china lever wall-mounted bath/shower mixer, £894, astonmatthews.co.uk

Furniture: ‘Palette Desk JH9’ by Jaime Hayón for And Tradition, £1,759, aram.co.uk

This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration Bathrooms, Volume 3 (October 2018)

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