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Bathroom Inspiration: Sneak Peek

Inside the world's most beautiful bathrooms

Grey and white bathroom with freestanding bath, twin sink vanity and herringbone floor
Alternative Bathrooms

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

Bathroom vanity with marble sink and bamboo style ribbed tiles
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Serenity Stones

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

Freestanding white bath with 'Azul Imperial' quartzite slab, marble vanity and architectural metalwork
Gerald Culifrod
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Material World

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

bathroom with antique metal wall and black concrete floor
Jonas Berre-Poulson
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Show Your Metal

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

Terrazzo lined shower with brass fixtures
GG Archard
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Turn up the Terrazzo

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,
all thewatermarkcollection.eu

Dark blue vanity with brass sink, tap, handles and wall lights against marble wall
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Lead from the front

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

traditional italian bathroom with neon yellow glass cubicle
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Neon Future

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

Bathroom with porcelain marble-effect floors and walls and plywood stools
Stone & Ceramic Warehouse
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Porcelain perfection

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

Pink mosaic and white brick tiled bathroom with grey grout and blue washstand
Sharyn Cairns
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Postmodern Pastels

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

Bathroom with Lava stone panel wall and floor in art deco shapes
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Art Deco Drama

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

Grey and white bathroom with freestanding bath, twin sink vanity and herringbone floor
Alternative Bathrooms
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New Neutral

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
Monochrome bathroom basin with large marble tiles combined with small black circular mosaic tiles, with marble basin on black metal washstand
Mandarin Stone
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Play with Scale

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
Bathroom with large hexagonal Bert & May tiles in mint, with traditional roll top bath and washstand
Bert & May
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Hive of Creativity

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

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