In the same way that you’d now probably never buy a three-piece suite, the bathroom is no longer strictly the domain of the traditional basin, bath and loo combo. In fact, it’s somewhere you can mix and match in the same way as you would in any other room of the house. Combine styles, team old with new, and think outside the vanity unit when planning your bathroom design.
Soak It Up
When it comes to luxury interiors, is there anything more decadent that a freestanding bath? Well, yes – a freestanding copper bath. Based on an 18th century bateau bath design, the brand-new Tyne by Drummonds is their first ever all-copper tub, making it a much less weighty option that the popular Ulf model, which is cast iron then copper clad. Available in three different combinations of copper, black and nickel finishes, it’s the perfect centrepiece for any beautiful bathing space.
From £5820, drummonds-uk.com
Gone are the days when installing a shower meant a poky cubicle with a bouncy base, barely big enough to swing your soap on a rope. Now, thanks to a whole lot of manufacturing innovations, it’s possible to section off your shower with a screen as elegant as this one by The Majestic Shower Company. Frame/Trelis is just one design in the MetalCraft range of refined designs, which all feature the same pared-down aluminium frame, beautifully finished in matt black.
From £1800 for one panel, majesticshowers.com
Founded by mother and daughter team, Anna & Nathalie, the London Basin Company fills a gap in the market quite like no other. Passionate about interior design, the duo wanted to create basins that would transform bland bathrooms in to stunning spaces – and guess what? They’ve succeeded. The ever-growing collection, which is manufactured using the finest porcelain and hand finished using a variety of techniques, are inspired by some of their favourite places around the world.
From £620, londonbasincompany.com
Once upon a time, when it was all about the chrome, a brass tap (or even, God forbid, gold) would have seemed terribly old fashioned. Now of course, old fashioned is fabulous, salvage is sexy and reclaimed is all the rage, so anything goes. This handsome range of Acme bathroom fittings, brand new from Aston Matthews, features a scuffed brass finish that will continue to develop a pleasing patina over time, while the chunky wheel controls give it that much coveted industrial look.
As a space to kick back and relax, it’s important that your bathing space is a neat as possible. Not as easy as all that of course, but the Lid range by British design don Tom Dixon is here to help. A set of simple boxes and lids made from substantially weighty glass, marble and stainless steel with a high gloss copper finish, the multifunctional pieces can be used not only in your bathroom, but on your dressing table, or even your office if you fancy too.
From £75, tomdixon.net
Forget terry towelling, what the best dressed bathrooms are accessorised with at the moment are linen towels. Soft, absorbent and oh so chic, they look great in both vintage and contemporary style settings. For the very best selection head to Italian company Society Limonata, who have a great range including the Flowers and Stripes collection, shown here.
From €125, societylimonata.com