Featured image: From £1,996 for the smallest model, H77xW77xL164.5cm, Albion Bath Co
For many people, the bathroom is a place of relaxation. If you have a busy lifestyle, it may be the one space in which you can spend a few spare moments of calm, so it is important for it to be somewhere you really love, and where you can unwind.
Choosing top-of-the-range sanitaryware, materials, fixtures and fittings, as part of a luxurious design, will help you to create a five-star hotel-spa experience in your home, but it will also mean your bathroom will stand the test of time — after all, it is a long-term investment. Creating an indulgent space from scratch can be a costly undertaking, but luxurious doesn’t necessarily have to mean expensive.
There are many ways to achieve an opulent look that won’t cost the earth. Sometimes simply using a single statement piece, such as a light fitting or vanity unit, is all that is needed to transform the look and feel of a room.
As a small space, the downstairs toilet can often be forgotten, but there’s no reason why it, too, shouldn’t receive the luxury treatment — in fact, it’s the ideal room for trying a look that’s a little bit different. As it’s not used for long periods of time, you can go wild; try pasting the walls with a bold designer wallpaper, or hanging an elaborate mirror.
Nothing says period luxury more than a roll-top bath, and this elegant Imperium plinth model by Albion Bath Co, (image above), was inspired by original 19th-century French designs. Not only is it available in five sizes, but the colour and finish can be customised to suit your scheme.
If space allows, installing a double basin is the ultimate ‘his and hers’ bathroom luxury. This Art Deco-inspired Double Hebdern vanity basin unit with Arabescato marble and brass exterior finish, £7,194 from Drummonds, has wow-factor style.
The unit, H82.5xW155xD66cm, is pictured here along with Drummonds’ Classic pop-up basin mixer taps with lever handles in brass, £1,704 each. (Drummonds, 020 7376 4499)
Dress to impress
The Henley waterproof shutters from Hillarys are specifically designed for bathrooms and are the perfect finishing touch for a period scheme.
Made to order, they are available in six versatile finishes and priced from £445 per m2, which includes measuring and fitting. (Hillarys, 0800 916 6524)
Colourful and bold, these reclaimed Raciones mixed antique tiles, £300 per m2, are suitable for floors and walls. Handpicked by the co-founder of encaustic tile specialist Bert & May, who is enthusiastic about finding exceptional designs from around the world, the tiles will add a touch of Mediterranean warmth to a bathroom when laid in a patchwork pattern. (Bert & May, 020 3673 4264)
The Midas touch
Luxury sanitaryware deserves to be teamed with brassware of equal calibre, and what could be more glamorous than golden taps? Brought to life with a sparkling gold finish, Hurlingham’s traditional-style solid brass faucets, £260 for the pair, will make a sophisticated addition to your basin. (Hurlingham Baths, 01400 263310)
Heated towel rails are considered more of a necessity than a luxury, but this ladder style by Catchpole & Rye, H165xW67.5cm, is extra special. Shown in polished solid brass, it won’t just keep towels toasty, it’s also on trend, £1,440. (Catchpole & Rye, 020 7351 0940)
Make a feature of bathroom fittings by choosing highly polished, traditional designs. Characterised by exposed pipework, this Invincible Exposed dual-control thermostatic shower mixer with multifunctional handset, £1,485.60 from Matki, boasts style and quality as well as exceptional performance. (Matki, 01454 322888)
This Arcade Piccadilly freestanding shower temple, H225xW100xD100cm, is perfect for a traditional bathroom, combining period features, such as claw feet, with practicalities, including toughened easy-clean glass.
Shown with the Arcade Avon exposed shower valve, showerhead, mist bar and shower, it costs £7,498 from Pure Bathroom Collection. (Pure Bathroom Collection, 0845 634 4321)
Embrace 1940s Hollywood style with a magnificent mirrored vanity unit, also reminiscent of the look of a French boudoir or Venetian palace interior. Elegant and refined, this Kallista version from the Glamour by Barbara Barry Collection, H94xW88xD49cm, will certainly put the bling into your bathroom.
It is available to buy from Ann Sacks for £4,468.32, excluding sanitaryware and brassware. (Ann Sacks, 020 3055 0802)
Add a sense of grandeur with a chandelier. Not just any will do, as there are strict safety standards for moist environments, but the Adagio design by Marks & Spencer, H56.5xDia.49.5cm, has been specifically designed for bathrooms, £169. (Marks & Spencer, 0333 014 8000)