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20 bathroom ideas to inspire you

Browse these stylish bathrooms for a wealth of design solutions, from contrasting grout to colourful terrazzo, for you to try at home

Bathroom with blue chair  Photographer Andrea Garuti  Stylist Arianna Lelli/Chiara Di Pinto Mama
Photographer Andrea Garuti Stylist Arianna Lelli/Chiara Di Pinto Mama
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1 Desert Oasis
Bathroom by Consuelo Pierrepont of Sway-Studio.com
Photography Minta Maria

Designing in greyscale doesn’t need to be dull. In this small bathroom by Consuelo Pierrepont of American practice Sway Studio, the Toile de Jouy-style wallpaper creates points of interest across the wall, the interruption of the chunky, solid concrete basin lending a contemporary edge. Wallpaper ‘Pampa’, £166 per linear metre, Pierre Frey Basin Custom design by Consuelo Pierrepont, for similar try Kast Concrete Basins Tap ‘Purist’ wall-mounted tap, from £1,260, Kohler Mirror ‘Hang 1’ round mirror, from £245, Blu Dot

2 La Vie en Rose
Beata Heuman bathroom
Photography Simon Brown

Interior designer Beata Heuman utilised every inch when creating this bathroom under the stairs in her home, originally a Victorian coal store. ‘The colour scheme was inspired by a space I saw in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany, which had a large Carrara marble sink sitting against soft pink walls,’ she tells us. ‘The pleated curtain serves a useful storage function’. Lights Adjustable brass and bone china shell wall light, £384, Felix Lighting Specialists Curtain ‘Marbleized’ velvet £125 per metre, Beata Heuman

3 Grand Circle
Bathroom from one of the suites at The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
Photography Design Hotels

Round mirrors have taken hold in the bathroom, and there’s no finer example than in this dual washing space at The Library hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand. Designed by Kasemtham Sornsong and over two metres in diameter, the colossal piece adds repose to the opulent expanse of Statuario marble, large enough to be used by two simultaneously. Marble White Statuario marble, stocked by Imperial Marble & Granite Importers Mirror Custom-made by local Thai artisans. For similar, try London’s Cricklewood Glass

4 Geo Blues
Blue tiled bathroom
Photography Bureau Living Inside

Why stop tiling when you’ve covered the splash-zone? Interior designer Jacques Erasmus extended this glossy cobalt pattern to surround the door frame and upper expanses of wall, creating an all-encompassing surface that’s fully committed to its waterproof function, as well an adventurous look. Tiles For similar, try ‘San Diego’ in ‘Ink’, £400 per square metre, Fired Earth Shower ‘Traditional’ rose, fixed riser and mixer in satin brass, £1,422, Perrin & Rowe

5 Good Grout
Ceramica Vogue matera tiles with red grout
Ceramica Vogue

Swapping small design elements for something excitingcan have a big impact. In this space, neutral ceramic tiles are enlivened by red grouting, adding a twist to the solid stretches of high-gloss finish.Tiles ‘Materia’ in ‘Mastice’, £36 per square metre, Ceramica Vogue Grout Try ‘Kerapoxy’ epoxy grout in ‘Cherry Red’ by Mapei, £26.34 for 3kg, Pure Adhesion Light ‘Pendant 02’, from £725, Magic Circus

6 Under Cover
Budapest Cafe in Chengdu China by Biasol
Photography James Morgan

Simply cladding a wall can make the world of difference, be it wood, stone, tiles or composite. Australian design studio Biasol wrapped the bathroom of The Budapest Cafe in Chengdu, China, in colourful terrazzo, echoing the curved alcove with the basin and accessories. Walls ‘EM-35-09’ terrazzo by Signorino, Try London Terrazzo for similar Mirror Try the ‘Angui’ mirror by AYTM, £135, Nordic Nest

7 Industrial Edge
The white sink was custom designed by Silvio Rech +                        Lesley Carstens architects and made by Boutique bath
Photography Bureaux Living Inside

Embrace the rundown and rustic, and turn unloved spaces into washrooms without the need for refinedment. Johannesburg architecture practice Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens’s rugged concrete wall dramatically juxtaposes the perfect, smooth surfaces within it, both textures exaggerating the other. Mirror Custom-made by Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens. For similar, try the ‘Orta Drop’ mirror, £699, Heal’s Basin Bespoke piece designed by Silvio Rech + Lesley Carstens, made by Boutique Baths

8 Cemented
Otto Tiles in bathroom
Otto Tiles

Encaustic tiles make a simple yet powerful backdrop to a bathroom, their handmade finish and intricate decorative patterns bringing a sense of craft and warmth to a room often filled with slick materials. Tiles ‘Beige Gammon’ encaustic cement tiles, £129 per square metre, Otto Tiles & Design Light Try ‘Brass Cluster Chandelier’ by Schwung Home, £2,299, Holloways of Ludlow Basin For similar, try ‘Avillas 54’, £415, Crosswater Mirror ‘Walls’ by House Doctor, £95, Nordic Nest

9 A Fine Burgundy
bathroom with burgundy marble
Decus Interiors

Creating a scheme from a single object can produce unexpected results. Australian design studio Decus Interiors extended the dark red directly from the Calacatta Viola marble, balancing the stone’s white tones with the rest of the space. Mirror Custom designed by Decus Interiors. Try the Industrial metal wall mirror, £199, Nordic House Vanity Bespoke fluting by Decus Interiors. For a similar colour, try ‘Grenache’ architects matt emulsion, £55 for 2.5 litres, Paint & Paper Library Marble Calacatta Viola from Artedomus

10 Tangerine Dream
peach coloured bathroom Casa Diana Alba by Basament
Photography Luis Diaz

A single, bright tone throughout the bathroom gives an energising boost. Fledgling Spanish architect and interior design studio Basamenta covered this private home in a zingy apricot hue accented with gleaming brass and playful terrazzo – sure to provoke a morning smile. Tiles Try ‘Norse’ ceramic gloss tiles in ‘Terra’, from £46.40 per square metre, Mandarin Stone Lights Try ‘Kew’ wall light in ‘Polished Brass’, £366, Porter Basin Custom ‘Sabadell’ terrazzo in ‘NCS S 2030-Y70R’, from £90 per square metre, Huguet Paint Try ‘Shrimp Pink’, £50 for 2.5 litres, Little Greene

11 Rainbow Room
colourful bathroom
Photography Andrea Garuti Stylist: Arianna Lelli Mami/ Chiara di Pinto

With inventive plumbing, any space can become a bathroom. Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara di Pinto of Milanese firm Studiopepe transformed this space with a burst of colour, protective flooring, seating and storage to form a multipurpose area.Bath ‘Morphing’ bathtub with ‘Pan’ taps by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, from £5,385, Zucchetti. Kos Chair ‘Zig Zag’ by Gerrit Rietveld, £1,440, Cassina Table ‘Maru’ by Doshi Levien, from £1,090, B&B Italia Wall ‘Cherry Bomb’ wallcovering by Gio Pagani for Wall & Decò, 171 per square metre, West One Light ‘Laurent 05’, £1,343, Lambert & Fils

12 Get Leathered
power room with circular mirror
Photography Anson Smart

Juxtapose hard, heavy stone with a soft material to create a comforting, welcoming feel. In this space by Decus Interiors, a wall of pink leather tiles contrasts with the slabs of honed Cipollino marble that form the basin and vanity. Lights ‘Duo Balls’, from £1,700 each, Articolo Wall Studioart can supply something similar Vanity Custom design by Decus Interiors. Try Contemporary Stone

13 Wonder Wall
Multi-coloured terrazzo bathroom
Photography by Sheila Man and Tami Christiansen / Living Inside

Bali-based architecture studio Word of Mouth harnessed the endless creative opportunities afforded by the terrazzo trend in this joyful villa. The firm used coloured pigments, stones and glass chips to create different textures and tones, with brass inlays producing a sunburst pattern.Walls and bath Try Diespeker & Co for similar terrazzo

14 Glam Rock
Green marble bathroom

Wall-to-wall marble exudes pure luxury for a reason – the price tag. Italian brand Florim’s large-format porcelain tiles reproduce the veins and natural colours of stones in a more affordable but deeply impactful way. Each collection is meticulously developed in line with nature, the deep green walls here mimicking the nuances of the exotic Amazonite marble from Brazil.Walls ‘Étoile de Rex’ marble-effect porcelain stoneware in ‘Illusion’, from £8 per square metre, Florim Washbasin and flooring ‘Esprit de Rex’ cement-effect porcelain stoneware in Neutral Gris’, from £66 per square metre, Florim

15 Floor Story
bathroom with india mahdavi tiled floor
Photography Romain Ricard

Let the tiles do the talking with a pattern that’s bold, but also chimes with other tones in the space. The soft coral of these encaustic floor tiles is offset by the room’s natural palette, the black accents ensuring the scheme still packs a punch.Tiles Customised ‘Eclipse’ cement tiles by India Mahdavi, from £167 per square metre, Bisazza Bath The straw marquetry decoration is bespoke. Simon Orrell Designs creates similar pieces Light ‘Chanpen’ hexagon pendant by Forestier, £263, Made in Design

16 Gold Standard
bathroom by Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa
Photography Kasia Gatkowska Production Rosaria Zucconi

Italian duo Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa’s careful mix of textures creates a delicate, unique washing zone. Keep colour to a minimum to highlight the varying surfaces and combine woods, metals and ceramics to emphasise the tactility (marcante-testa.it).Wall ‘Pico’ tiles by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Mutina, £176 per square metre, Domus Vanity Bespoke piece by Marcante-Testa. Try Julian Chichester Basin ‘BetteBowl’ by Bette, discontinued. Try ‘BetteCraft’, from £918, Mirror ‘Randaccio’ by Gio Ponti, from £592, Gubi Light ‘Alouette’ wall lamp by Atelier Areti, £346, Nest

17 Welcome to the Jungle
Rendering of glass walled bathroom by Eleni Psyllaki of myparadissi.com
Rendering by Eleni Psyllaki of myparadissi.com

Ignite a sense of wonder in your space with creative and conceptual architecture. In this design by Eleni Psyllaki, the bathroom is part functional shower and bathing space, part greenhouse and part skylight, meaning you can forest bathe in the most literal sense. Tiles For similar, try ‘Flat Gloss White’, £18.48 per square metre, British Ceramic Tile Brassware From the ‘Odin’ collection by Brizo Ceiling light ‘Delta Light’ by Supernova, £593.36, DM Lights

18 Supersized
Primavera porcelain tiles designed by Ed Barber & Jay Osgerby for Mutina
Mutina tiles

Large format tiles create a sense of luxury, the seamless finish lending a bespoke feel while actually being simpler to install. Designed by Barber & Osgerby, these tiles are speckled with ceramic flakes, reinforcing the uniqueness as each is one of a kind.Tiles ‘Primavera’ porcelain tiles by Barber & Osgerby for Mutina, from £236 per square metre, Domus

19 Tropical Taste
Pink Bathtub at Villa A Mar, Canguu, Bali
Photography Mimi Kim Biodara Skincare

Who says bathrooms belong indoors? Create a private oasis by flanking a freestanding tub with fronds and foliage, and immerse yourself in nature as well as water. For a modern look, match a statement, minimal bath with plants of all varieties – as shown in this tranquil bathing area designed by Jacqueline de la Vega for Villa A-Mar in Bali. Bath For a custom-made bath in Corian, Hi-Macs or Krion, try Solidity

20 Shadow Play
bathroom with lozenge shaped mirrors
Photography Nina Maya Interiors

A three-dimensional slatted wall adds depth and is an elegant way to distract from a lack of window. Create atmosphere with the warm glow of low-level lighting, as seen in this space by Nina Maya Interiors.Mirror Custom design by Nina Maya Interiors. Try ‘Abel’ oval mirror, £305, CB2 Basin Designed by Nina Maya Interiors in ‘Aspen Grey Silk’, Neolith Light ‘Arch’ wall light in ‘Opal White’, from £363, Douglas & Bec

his feature appeared in ELLE Decoration October 2019

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