10 great bathroom ideas

As an interior designer, I am lucky to design lots of wonderful bathrooms in the course of my work. It’s often the smallest room in the house – did you know the average bathroom is just 8ft x 6ft in size?  However, the bathroom is somewhere we all spend time in every day so it’s important to focus on getting the decor right.

Here are a few wonderful bathrooms with ideas to steal. 

Image: Walls and Floors

This fabulous bathroom uses wonderful Neapolitan ice-cream colours and unusual geometric shaped tiles to create a pretty but interesting room. See how the different textured towels in a darker shade of pink and the picture give a slightly Italian retro look to the whole scheme.

Image: The Modern House

This wonderful bathroom is part of a renovated former textile factory. The black and white tiles and rustic industrial brass fittings nod to the historic past of the building, whilst offering modern luxury with a state-of-the-art walk-in shower and double sinks. The built-in mirror works perfectly in the arch alcove. 

Image: The Modern House

A white bathroom doesn’t have to be boring. This light and space-enhancing design in a recently renovated early Victorian house shows how white tiles and sanitary wear can be chic and glamorous; it’s all about investing in luxury materials and adding warmth with brass fittings, plants and a pretty wooden stool.

Image: Victoria Plumbing

Black and white bathrooms are a classic look but can still look modern and contemporary. This bathroom with its dramatic black framed glass shower panel, black taps, grey patterned tiles and dark walls looks chic and elegant. 

Image: The Modern House

The brass bath and dark walls give this bathroom a gentleman’s club masculine look. It’s a small space with sloping ceilings but the position of the bath under the window is a clever use of space. The footprint is small, so the owners have gone for statement floor tiles which pull the whole colour scheme together.

Image: The Modern House

I love the simple use of colour here. What could be a bit of a dull room is completely transformed by the brave choice of bright green paint above the tiling and a dark grey door. Painting just the door in a bathroom is a quick transformation you can do in an afternoon. I also love the clever storage solution, which makes the most of the small space beside the bath.

Image: Divine Savages

Divine Savages are one of my favourite wallpaper designers and they love to show how wallpaper can be used in a bathroom. Inspired by London’s most unusual pets, Portobello Parade wallpaper looks fabulous in this small bathroom. Beautifully illustrated, you’ll discover something new each time you look. Lions, leopards and lemurs stroll casually through Regency inspired streets and parklands as they cross paths with other bewildered pets for a playful, pictorial print.

Image: Neptune

Exposed timber (like the oak in this Neptune washstand) is rare in a bathroom. This open-shelved, marble-topped design is taken from the sturdy yet elegant Edinburgh tables, so it feels like a piece of furniture rather than fitted cabinetry. The colours in this bathroom are inspired – muted moody greens, blues and a soft terracotta. 

Image: Topps Tiles

This bathroom is all about those fantastic green fish scale tiles in the shower.  They work brilliantly with the marble floor tiles to create real drama.   Green tiles are having a moment and there are lots of great choices on the market. 

Image: Little Greene

My final bathroom is a lesson in laid back glamour. Painted in Little Greene Paint’s Rolling Fog – a wonderful, pale grey shade inspired by rolling sea mists – gives this bathroom an elegant timeless look.

I hope this has given you all some ideas for your own bathroom. What do you think? Which is your favourite?