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The Perfect Fit

Space planning is key to creating bathrooms that work. H&G takes you through 10 bathroom layouts that wow

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The Perfect Fit
The Perfect Fit

Remodel your bathroom into a modern, ultra-luxe water quarters using these bathroom designs and decor ideas to add both style and function.

On a grand scale (Above)

Large bathrooms can be challenging to decorate. Install fixtures and furniture that match the scale of the room so that they don’t get lost. Similarly, use oversized floor tiles to bring the space together and make it look smaller than it is.
How to get the look WOMAG has a huge selection of marble flooring that can be cut to the size you require.

BATHS

As the main focal point of the bathroom, your tub should suit the shape and size of the space, so choose the style and material carefully.

2. A permanent fixture

Photograph: Greg Cox

A drop-in bath provides an opportunity to customise the finish to suit the design of your home. Interior designer Gregory Mellor positioned this bath against the wall to free up floor space in this small room, building it into a stone surround.
Where to get it Choose from a selection of drop-in baths from Lavo Bathrooms or Boutique Baths and consult a specialist for the finish of your choice.

3. Two in one

Photograph: Courtesy of Geberit

To create a multifunctional wash space, add a glass screen to a built-in bath in the corner of a room with a wall- or ceiling-mounted shower mixer.
How to do it Consult an expert at Geberit or Duravit to help recreate this look.

4. Bathroom-cum-living room

Photograph: Elsa Young

Don’t be afraid to use fabric in a bathroom — seen here in this traditional design by John Jacob, where blue-and-white upholstered furniture softens the space.
Where to get it Find similar tubs at Antique Bathrooms or Linea Brigio.

In an increasingly fast-paced, digital world, the bathroom is gradually turning into a living space, where nature plays and increasingly important role.’ – Philippe Grohe, Hansgrohe

SHOWERS

5. Nooks and crannies

Photograph: Gianni Franchellucci (design by ZetaStudio Architects)

Transform an awkward corner space into a shower and clad a wall in decorative tiles to add colour and create an interesting feature.
Where to get it Both Italtile and Tile Africa have an extensive range of bathroom tiles in a variety of colours.

6. Double header

Photograph: Mikko Ryhånen (design by Joanna Laajisto)

If space permits, create an open his-and-hers shower room for the ultimate in spa-like luxury. For extra convenience install a fixture that has a movable shower hose.
Shop The new range from Hansgrohe for touchpad technology for flow control.

7. Open wet room

Photograph: Hufft Projects

Create a sense of fluidity with free-flowing space. A wet-room approach can make a small bathroom appear big and a big bathroom look luxurious.
What to consider Tiles, natural stone, treated concrete and even treated woods are all good non-slip materials, as long as they are sealed correctly.

8. Enclosed shower room

Photograph: David Ross (design by Nico van der Meulen Architects)

For an attractive central feature, create an enclosure around your shower fixtures in an eye-catching glamorous material. This edgy design by Nico van der Meulen Architects uses reflective black glass that makes the rest of the bathroom space look bigger and more polished. Designer Phia van der Meulen has used a ceiling-mounted Gessi showerhead recessed into the ceiling with a hand shower from its Rettangolo range in black.

VANITIES

From modest and minimalist to solid and stately, vanities have taken on organic appeal. Here are three to consider.

9. Feature focus

Photograph: Annie Schlechter/GMAimages

To save on space, install a medicine cabinet above your basin instead of installing an undercounter vanity. Complete with mirrored front, this solution provides sleek and discreet storage with easy access.
How to do it The Bath House stocks similar products with timber and marble surrounds.

10. Solid works

Photograph: Courtesy of Hansgrohe

‘Build a double brick wall behind the basin to allow for hidden cupboards behind the mirrors to house cosmetics’ – Lynne Blumberg, Lynne Blumberg interior design

This otherwise solid concrete vanity creates a powerful design statement with a discreet recess for minimal storage. Available from Hansgrohe, is a complementary design with amazing sustainability features.

Featured image Brandon Barré (Interior Design: Gluckstein Design)