Dramatic bathroom makeover

Homeowner Alex Coffey used the skills of a bathroom designer to transform a bland space into a spa-like retreat

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When Alex Coffey decided to update his bathroom, he chose to employ interior designer Charlotte Conway to help create wow factor in the space. Charlotte focused on creating a relaxing environment, with practical storage solutions. ‘I had the idea of using a bath that could be tiled. Bringing in textured wood-effect tiles and pebbles for a natural element, giving it a spa-like effect.’

Using a new layout and materials, plus clever design techniques, she created the illusion of space, illuminating the undersides of the bath and vanity unit, reducing the size of the original bath tub freed up valuable floor area plus using a wall-hung toilet, chosen for the same reason. Alex is thrilled with the results. ‘I love the finished look; it brings together all the elements I wanted.’

Dramatic black bathroom makeover

A focal point was created of the vanity unit, which is topped with wood and illuminated from underneath, creating the illusion of space. A bespoke pebble basin was added. For similar, try Stone Earth

Project notes

The owners: Alex Coffey, who works in the motorcycle sports industry

Designer: Charlotte Conway Design, 0121 439 2302

The property: A first-floor flat in a Victorian terraced house in Clapham, central London

Total project cost



Magnolia walls and a boring white suite had been used in the original bathroom

Dramatic black bathroom makeover

Fairfield exposed thermostatic shower set, from Samuel Heath




Pebbled tiles cover the walls and interior of the bath and the bronze wall mounted tap is from Samuel Heath

Bathroom costs

  • Installation, incl plumbing, tiling, electrics, decoration: £8,400
  • Bath and shower: £7,479
  • Basin and vanity: £4,350
  • Tiles: £2,224
  • Wall-hung WC system: £1,160
  • Radiator: £875
  • Mirror: £420
  • Accessories: £218
  • Total: £25,126