Sophisticated modern en suite

Kim Franklin has transformed an impractical en suite into a relaxing, modern classic space in keeping with the character of her Georgian home

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Kim began the work to transform her six-storey Georgian townhouse when she moved in nine years ago, starting with the basement and ground floor. She tasked a firm of architects to ensure the renovation included design ideas in keeping with her taste and sympathetic to the period of the house. But the en suite was the last room to be transformed.

‘The previous owner loved stonework and there was lots of it in this room. The bath was sunk into a raised stone platform reached by steps I found impractical,’ she says.

Kim turned to a firm of building contractors that she knew well to help with the project, and, after being recommended to her, approached interior designer Zoe Brewer. Kim’s initial plan was to have a feminine-style bathroom, with a chandelier and a traditional roll-top bath with claw feet, but Zoe talked her out of it. ‘I’m rather glad she did!’ says Kim.

She suggested a modern classic scheme instead, going for clean-lined fittings so that Kim could then add the accessories she wanted. Zoe also thought the room should have an indulgent, relaxing feel rather than being purely functional.

Fact file

The owner: Kim Franklin, a lawyer, lives here with her children Cora, 19, and Oliver, 16

The property: A four-bedroom Georgian townhouse

The location: Marylebone, north London

What was spent: Kim’s bathroom project cost around £25,000

‘My new bathroom is a successful combination – stylish without being bland.’ Kim, homeowner


Kim chose a classic look for her en suite, using frosted glass on the lower windows and Crystal Grey paint by Dulux Trade on the walls. A curvaceous freestanding Barcelona bath with a high-gloss finish, from Victoria & Albert Baths, is the focal point of the scheme. It is set at an angle so that lighting could be fitted into the floor joists, creating a relaxed, boutique-hotel feel. Kim also had a sound system installed, so she can enjoy music while relaxing.


A white gloss shelving unit made by the builders from spray-painted MDF, alongside a tray table from West Elm, are handy for resting and storing accessories. Interior designer Zoe’s aim was to create a space that felt like a room for living in, so avoided using tiles – usually associated with bathrooms. Instead, wooden floorboards sourced by ASAP Construction add warmth to the room scheme.



• The full feature – including stockists and more images – appears in the November 2015 issue of Real Homes. For back issues, call 01527 834435. Subscribe today to take advantage of our money-saving subscription offers.

Author: Catherine Law, Photographer: Carole Poirot