Some of the latest bathroom design and layout ideas, plus advice from industry experts. Whether you prefer contemporary hotel styles or more ornate traditional fittings, create a lavish space for the ultimate pampering experience.
1. Elegant curves: Laufen has teamed up with Italian designers Roberto and Ludovica Palomba to introduce new pieces with soft, fluid lines to its Palomba collection. New for 2012 are eight basins, including this Menhir floorstanding design, (H)90x(W)52.5x(D)40cm, around £1,000, and the bath, (H)90x(W)96x(L)183.5cm, with a high, sloped back. It costs around £5,300 and can be fitted with lights and a whirlpool system. A wall-hung WC and bidet from the range, £381 each, are also shown.
2. Timeless appeal: Mix statement pieces with wood panelling, intricate wallcoverings and vintage accessories for a decadent bathroom scheme, such as this design (above, right) by Kohler. The contemporary geometric design of the Rêve freestanding cast-iron bath, (H)56x(W)80x (L)170cm, around £3,000, is teamed with the Purist polished chrome floorstanding bath filler, around £960. The Rêve (W)100cm washbasins with full pedestals are around £670 each, with Purist polished chrome single-lever monobloc basin mixers, £420 each.
Expert advice: ‘Lighting is key’
Alberto Lutzu, senior designer at Ripples, says: ‘The right sort of lighting can enhance even the smallest bathroom. You could replace ceiling lights, for instance, with dimmable ones to provide an immediate impact. This is a simple and cost-effective update, which is popular with many of my clients.
‘The best plan is to avoid positioning lighting directly above where you will be resting your head in the bath, otherwise it could have a dazzling effect on your eyes. Remember that some lights can be fitted on the floor and walls of a bathroom.
‘LEDs are my favourite type of light, and definitely the best to use as they have very low energy consumption and a long shelf life. Although they might seem expensive, they are cost-effective in the long run, as well as good for the environment.’
3. Space-saving style: Designed and installed by Ripples, the bath in this loft en suite was positioned under the lowest point of the ceiling to allow space for a shower cubicle. The Quadrant shower panel and central shower door, both measuring (H)120x(W)90cm cost £1,738. Blue Bisazza Acquario mosaic tiles, £285 per m², have been laid around the Duo bath, (H)58.5x(W)80x(L)180cm, £885, as well as part of the wall and floor, which is interspersed with stark white Blanco floor tiles, £34.50 per m². The contemporary chrome-finish Bisque towel rail, (H)120x(L)45x(D)5cm, costs £918.
4. Modern classic: This Geneva bath, (H)55x (W)170x(L)87cm, is made from a composite that replicates natural stone, and is available in white only at £3,300. A stylish classic, the Jessica marble and stainless-steel console, (H)101x(W)92x (D)55cm, from £1,495, can be produced in one of six stones – Nero Marquinha, £2,065, is pictured. The walls and floor are tiled in East Hampton marble, available in 11 sizes, from £99 per m². All from Fired Earth.
5. Rich wood detail: With their simple lines and subtle detailing, the pieces in the 2nd Floor Collection by Duravit work well in a dressing room or a bedroom, opening up the space for a harmonious layout. The sanitaryware and bathroom furniture collection is available in a choice of five wood finishes, such as ebony, bleached oak and rosewood – shown right. It includes a (W)120cm basin, £770, with a floorstanding vanity unit, (H)88x(W)118x(D)49cm, from £1,115. The range also features a double-ended bath, (H)60.5x(W)80x(L)180cm, £1,052, a bath panel, £454, as well as a tall cabinet, (H)180x(W)50x (D)36cm, £655, plus a wall-hung WC, £499, and a bidet, £282.
6. Contemporary update: This freestanding circular bath design by Roca creates a dramatic focal point. Priced at around £3,000, it comes with a perimeter panel, two head rests and a shelving unit, (H)65x (W)160x(L)175.5cm (including shelf). The wall-hung matt black Meridian-N Unik basin and unit, (H)45x(W)82.5x (D)44cm, costs £1,537, including an M2-N basin mixer, while the column wall unit, (H)80x(W)35x(D)18cm, costs £602 – the range is also available in white and stone. The Innova mirror, (H)79x(W)100cm, comes with a built-in radio, auxiliary audio connection, temperature display, light, de-mister and clock, £1,561. There is also a model measuring (H)79x(W)79cm.
Expert advice: ‘Make a statement’
Rob Whitaker, brand manager at Fired Earth, says: ‘A marble bathroom is the height of luxury. Marble is timeless and tactile, yet it can be surprisingly affordable. Glamour and luxury are often about making a statement and choosing one or two special pieces, such as a sculptural freestanding bath or an elegant stone-topped console.
‘You can create a sense of luxury with the detail too. Underfloor heating, engineered taps and soft lighting all add an indulgent feel.’
All prices and stockists correct at time of publishing