Find unique decorating ideas and everything you need to steal the style from a sneak peek into the world's most beautiful bathrooms.
This article first appeared in ELLE Decoration Bathrooms Volume 3 in October 2018
Subtly textured Crema d’Orcia stone creates a feeling of refinement and harmony in this bathroom. The elegant, ridged design, called ‘Bamboo’, takes its inspiration from the calming quality of Eastern interiors, and is available as a finish on a number of different stones.
Tiles Crema d’Orcia limestone in ‘Bamboo’, £210 per square metre, salvatori.it
Cabinetry ‘Ciane’ modular drawers in Crema d’Orcia marble by Elisa Ossino, from £2,180, salvatori.it
Sink ‘Alfeo’ in Crema d’Orcia marble by Elisa Ossino, £3,240,
Mirror ‘Archimede’ by Elisa Ossino, £1,230, salvatori.it
A whole range of impressive elements, including rich woods, elegant marble and architectural metalwork, come together in this luxurious bathroom. The centrepiece is a tall slab of ‘Azul Imperial’ quartzite, mined in Brazil for stone experts Gerald Culliford.
Stone panel ‘Azul Imperial’ quartzite, from £850 per square metre, geraldculliford.co.uk
Bath For a similar look, try the ‘London’, £3,200, cphart.co.uk
Furniture The ‘Copenhague CPH20’ side table by Hay is similar, £275, connox.co.uk
An antiqued metal wall adds warmth and character to this home just north of Copenhagen – a project by Norm Architects.
Walls Panels of tombak (a brass alloy with a high copper content). A similar effect can be achieved with ‘Foxed on Bronze’ antiqued glass, £528 per square metre, rougholdglass.co.uk
Flooring Resin-treated concrete. For a similar look, contact theconcreteflooring.com
Tap ‘1641T8’ two-handle mixer with bath spout and diverter in natural brass, £1,714, vola.com
Shower ‘2171T9’ wall-mounted one-handle mixer with hand shower in natural brass, £1,354, vola.com
Centuries of Italian design can’t be wrong, and terrazzo is a trend that is set to endure. For the owners of this townhouse in north London, Heirloom Studio (heirloomstudio.co.uk) paired contemporary ‘Flecked’ tiling by Solus Ceramics with industrial-style brassware.
Tiles ‘Flecked’ terrazzo tiles in ‘Stippel’, from £57.60 per 60x60cm tile, solusceramics.com
Shower ‘Brooklyn Deluge’ showerhead, £784; ‘Brooklyn’ thermostatic shower valve and handshower, £2,148,
Update your Ikea cabinet with some slick new doors from Superfront. The Scandinavian brand makes replacement panels that can be fitted quickly and easily to standard carcasses, creating a new look in an instant. Ridged wall lights by Original BTC work well with this dark blue option.
Cabinetry ‘Parallels’ cupboard front in ‘Infinity Blue’, from £49 for
a drawer front; ‘Holy Wafer’ handles, £13each; ‘Slender High’ legs,£35 each, all superfront.com
Basin‘Supersink Bath 37.5’ in brass, £425, superfront.com
Tap‘Tapwell Evo-078’ in brass, £382,
Lighting‘Pillar’ LED wall lights in polished brass, £599 each, uk.originalbtc.com
The Italian home of architect and designer Patrizio Fradiani is rich in period details, from the hand-painted frescoes to original stone floors, but he refuses to be tied to the past. This highlighter-bright yellow glass cubicle is an inspired and unexpected addition.
Cubicle Ion Glass can create bespoke, laminated coloured or tinted glass shower and toilet cubicles ionglass.co.uk
If you long for the effect of luxurious marble, but have neither the budget to invest nor the patience to maintain the real thing, then choose a large-scale porcelain tile that mimics the look exactly. This breathtaking bathroom features vast ‘Palazzo’ tiles by Stone & Ceramic Warehouse.Tiles ‘Palazzo’, £180 per square metre, Stone & Ceramic Warehouse sacw.co.uk
Bath For similar, try the ‘Baìa’ by Antonio Lupi, £6,138, westonebathrooms.com
Furniture ‘Eames Plywood Group LCW’ chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra, £1,160; ‘Butterfly’ stool by Sori Yanagi for Vitra, from £509, both heals.com
Lighting ‘Grässhoppa’ floor lamp by Greta Grossman for Gubi, £666, skandium.com
Millenial pink, mixed scale tiles and jewellery-like hints of brass – the elements in this bathroom by interior designer Sonja Kritzler (sonjakritzlerdesign.com) could not be more of the moment. An on-trend circular mirror completes the contemporary mix.
Tiles ‘Accordi’ in pink and ‘Antilia’ in white, both by Australian firm
artedomus.com. For similar in the UK, try ‘Prismatics’ tiles in ‘Peach Sorbet’ by Johnson Tiles, from £29.95 per square metre; ‘Chalk Farm Tiles’ by Urban Chic, from £24.95 per square metre, both at wallsandfloors.co.uk
Basin ‘Novecento XL’ by Benedini Associati for Agape, £1,777, uk.taninihome.com
Mirror Frameless wall mirror by Moebe, £95, twentytwentyone.com
Lighting ‘Discus’ pendant light, from £875, volkerhaug.com
Think beyond squares and rectangles and try triangles instead. Here, custom-made lava stone panels are teamed with deliberately dark grout to create an Art Deco design.
Tiles ‘Ossido’ in a bespoke size, from £600 per square metre, madeamano.com
Shower ‘060’ showerhead, £1,435, vola.com
Basin Bespoke design topped with Made a Mano tiles
Tap ‘111XM’ tap in matt black, £1,006, vola.com
Texture is everything in this muted bathroom. Cool stone panelling is teamed with a chic herringbone floor, while a spacious vanity unit witha gently corrugated front ensures essentials can be kept out of view.Bath ‘Gloss White’ by Aqua, £5,655,
Tap ‘Rubinetterie Treemme’ freestanding spout, £2,020,
Furniture ‘Dolcevita’ double vanity unit with basins by Aqua, £6,533,
Mirrors ‘Dolcevita’ mirrors by Aqua, £175 each
All from alternativebathrooms.com
Be creative with your tiling and mix materials, sizes and styles – just stick to the same colour palette and you can’t go wrong. When paired with these smart, round mosaics, as well as the angular lines of the console, this dramatic honed marble looks cool and contemporary.Tiles ‘PlazaNegraPenny’mosaic tiles, from £179 per square metre;
‘Calacatta Viola’ honed marble tiles, from £89.98 per square metre, both mandarinstone.com
Furniture ‘Giraffe’ console, from £672, andnew.bigcartel.com
Basin ‘Calacatta Viola Polished Marble Pluto’ basin, £474, mandarinstone.com
Tap For similar, try Bert & May’s wall-mounted basin tap with lever
handles, £960 bertandmay.com
Large, honeycomb-shaped tiles in mint green help to give this bathroom, designed by Brian O’Tuama Architects (brianotuama.com), a palpable sense of tranquillity. A traditional-style washstand, aged brass taps and a roll-top bath complete the homely look.
Tiles ‘Hexagonal’ tiles (on walls and floor), £4.32 per tile,
Bath For similar traditional styles, try drummonds-uk.com
Washstand ‘Happy D.2’ washbasin by Sieger Design, from £236; metal stand, from £395, both duravit.co.uk
Taps ‘London’ floorstanding bath set with lever handles, £3,621; wall-mounted three-hole basin set with cross handles, £1,113, both thewatermarkcollection.eu