12 contemporary bathroom looks

Create the perfect sanctuary with the latest designs to give your space wow-factor

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Space-saving design

Above: Aqata’s new Spectra SP350 sliding door quadrant enclosure, H200xW120xD90cm, is designed with an 82.5cm radius to make the best use of a corner space (above). The pre-assembled frame has built-in wall adjustment and features 8mm toughened glass. It is suitable for tray or wet room applications and, available in either left- or right-handed options, costs £1,666. It is shown here with a TR-35/QD825 shower tray, W90xL120cm, £466, and Linneal LNW505 shower with slide rail, adjustable riser, Dia.18cm wall-mounted overhead shower, hand shower with flexible hose and thermostatic TMV2/TMV3 valve, £825. The enclosure is also available in a slightly smaller H200xW90xD90cm version.


Shimmering effect

Introduce a stunning feature wall to prevent a monochrome scheme from becoming too stark. These Neutral Plata Guiza 3D rectified tiles by Spanish manufacturer Aparici have a silver coating for an eye-catching effect. Measuring W29.5x L89.5cm, they cost £75 each, and are also available in white, red, black and gold leaf. They are shown here with Neutral Negro ceramic wall tiles in the same size, £52 per m2, and Rainbow Blanco Natural porcelain floor tiles, W59.5xL59.5cm, £39 per m2. All are available in the UK from Bibliotheque.

penhallam bath from heritage bathrooms

Sculptural centrepiece

This freestanding double-ended Penhallam bath, made from acrylic, incorporates a thermal sheet to keep water warmer for longer. Its slimline shape is suitable for both contemporary and classic schemes, and it’s designed to be used with a floorstanding tap. Measuring H72xW70xL170cm, it costs £1,950 from Heritage Bathrooms and is shown here with a Zaar extended bath filler, H92cm, £799.

bette one bath from alternative bathrooms

Modern contrast

The texture of the brickwork softens the graphic edges of this scheme designed by Alternative Bathrooms. It features a generous sized Bette One bath with central waste outlet, H42xW80xL180cm, £877.20; Bette One double basin, H14xW140x D53cm, which has a broad edge for the flexible positioning of taps and to use as a shelf, £1,260; Schneider Graceline mirror cabinet, H70xW130x D12cm, with colour-changing LED lights, £1,680; and Zehnder Metropolitan H35.5xW140cm horizontal towel radiator in white, £505.20 with a co-ordinating H154xW50cm vertical design in orange quartz, £787.20, to add a pop of colour.

bathstore bathroom

Practical room layout

Utilise all the space in a large room by placing the bath in the centre. This scheme by Bathstore includes a luxurious Wash 12 jet whirlpool double-ended bath, H60xW80x L180cm, £699; a pair of Cupid matt limestone marble wash bowls, H14xDia.40cm, £209 each, fitted with OpenWater wash bowl mixer taps, H29cm, £239 each; Circular illuminated mirrors, Dia.60cm, £209 each; Liquid 800 hinge shower door, H195xW80cm, £569, with matching side panel, H195xW80cm, £315; Cloud 220 square single function fixed showerhead with wall arm, Dia.22cm, £250; Pure back-to-wall WC, H40.5xW38xD57cm, £219; and ImProv curved 1100 chrome radiator, H116.5xW50cm, £209.

Mereway bathrooms scheme with vogue vintage doors

Vintage charm

Add warmth and character to a modern scheme with these Vogue Vintage doors from Mereway Bathrooms, which have a weathered, textured finish. The cabinets are framed with a Truffle Bardolino laminate, which matches the work surface. Other options include three modern silk finishes, three animal prints and high-gloss colours in Bronze, Black, Red and Aubergine. The furniture can be modular, fitted, or a combination of the two, to make the best use of your space. Here it is teamed with a Zonda 60 semi-countertop basin with a Cascata mono tap mixer and a co-ordinating Zonda back-to-wall WC. Prices start from £537 for the Zonda 60 basin and W70cm unit; the collection shown is around £4,863 for the furniture, WC, sink and tap, excluding installation.

Bette's betterfloor slide tray, betteupstand

Streamlined finish

Cracked, mouldy silicone could become a thing of the past with Bette’s BetteFloor Side flush-to-floor enamelled steel tray with easy-to-clean surface, W90xL90cm, £750, and integral BetteUpstand, £445. The optional H3.5cm upstand is positioned at the shower area’s edge, and its top section is tiled over during installation, removing the need for a silicone seal. The tray is available in 16 sizes and 22 matt colours.

energy collection e500 from twyford

Sophisticated style

A pale scheme instantly makes a room feel larger, and the light, contemporary tones of the new Energy Collection E500 range of sanitaryware and modular furniture from Twyford is an ideal choice. The cabinetry is available in high-gloss white or grey and includes this two-drawer vanity unit, H62.5xW117xD46cm, £734, and tall cupboard, H180xW36xD29.5cm, £432. The ceramic pieces have a stylish square design, such as this slim-rim double washbasin, H14xW120xD48cm, £225.

qmotion uk blinds

Hi-tech privacy

QMotion UK’s range of made-to-measure wire-free blinds are operated by a slick remote that can be stored on a flush wall-mounted plate or via a smartphone app that is available in iOS or Android formats. A safer alternative to cord-wired electric blinds, the remote or app can operate single or multiple blinds in your home. The blinds can be made in over 400 fabrics and colours, or alternatively you can supply your own fabric for the company to manufacture the blind with. There’s also an option to have a photograph or image printed onto a fabric for a personalised look. Prices start from £561 for a blind measuring H50xW36.5cm, up to around £1,000 for a maximum size of H350xW300cm.

blue floor tiles from british ceramic tile

Bold pattern

Consider introducing a statement floor surface into a neutral bathroom scheme. These gloss Infinity W33xL33cm ceramic floor tiles have an interesting water-themed design and are priced £39 per m2 from British Ceramic Tile.

twinline from artweger

Accessible style

If you want to make over your bathroom but space is tight, this Twinline 2 bath/shower from Austrian firm Artweger, featuring a watertight full-size door with a locking mechanism to stop it opening when bathing, is the ideal solution. Access is easy, with an inward-opening door and low step. Optional glass or plastic tub skirts are available, and can be teamed with the company’s easy-to-fit Artwall system. The bath/shower comes in three sizes and prices start from £3,999 for this H49.5xW75x L160cm model with a glass tub skirt and shower door measuring H211xW55.5cm. A folding Artlift seat is an optional extra.


Durable material

Kaldewei is the only bathroom manufacturer to produce its own 3.5mm steel enamel and has recently launched two new ranges in this specialist, durable material. Meisterstücke is a new collection of three freestanding baths with seamless enamelled panelling and a flawless finish. The Centro Duo Oval model is available in two sizes and is priced from £5,349 for the smallest H61xW75xL170cm design, shown here with a Hansgrohe Axor Urquiola floorstanding single-lever bath-shower mixer, H97-105cm, £2,172.

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