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I’m dreaming of… a new bathroom

I often think that the bathroom can be one of the most neglected spaces in a home. Left to one side, it can be a place to whirl through in the morning routine or shut the door on at night; a space often with the least natural light, at the back of a house or squeezed into the smallest corner, which gets damp and stuffy without the love and care taken for its more glamorous neighbours next door, the living room or bedroom.

We’ve just put our humble abode on the market (you can see it here) and I must say I’m a bit embarrassed about the bathroom. It’s boring and ugly, certainly not a space you would want to linger in and have a long bath. We decorated on the cheap; it’s functional but you only spend as much time as you need to there.

But, how I’d love to have a lovely bathroom where I could pamper and relax in. So, as we look for a new home, I’ve been day-dreaming about my perfect bathroom, all in an ideal world of course. There’d be lots of natural light, and preferably a stunning view out the window from the bath, bright white walls and a big tub with a monsoon shower overhead…

Come take a tour with me…

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via Oskar V

There’d be smart white metro tiles with black grout and clever cut-out storage space for exotic lotions and potions. The fittings would be sleek and stainless steel, with shiny, minimal taps and spouts…

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via Entrance

I’d invest in a large basin so there was plenty of space for two people to get ready in the morning, and use mirrors to bounce light around.

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via Elisabeth Heier
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Fuse by Not Only White, via Architonic

While I think you can always scrimp and save on cheap tiles and a lick of paint, it’s often worth splurging a little bit more on good quality sanitary ware to get a smart finish that will last. You can find taps similar to the above images from Grohe for anything between £65 to £270, and large wall-mounted basins from Villeroy & Boch start at around £500 if a dreamy bespoke concrete sink like above seems a far away dream.

Then there’s all the little spa-like details such as a patterned tile floor, indulgent hand wash or soft hammam towels that make for the ultimate relaxation retreat…

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1: Compagnie de Provence Black Jasmine hand balm, The Conran Shop, £17.00, 2: Sami Print Gown, Toast, £85.00, 3: Hansgrohe Croma 220 showerpipe, SuperBath, £343.47, 4: Grohe Atrio 2-hole m-size basin mixer, SuperBath, £271.78, 5: Lene Bjerre Cecily Stool, Houseology, £149.00, 6: HAY waffle towel, Future and Found, £10.00, 7: Patisserie tiles, Fired Earth, £2.99/tile, 8: Duravit Vero metal console for washbasin, SuperBath, £373.02, with wall-mounted washbasin, SuperBath, £383.83
Fastighetsbyran via Emmas Design Blogg

While I would keep the walls visually clear and white to create a sense of space, I’d go a bit crazier on the floor with patterns tiles or geometric shapes. How nice would it be to put your feet on this patterned floor, above, in the morning? (see #Ihavethisthingwithfloors… and nothing more needs to be said).

I also love the idea of painting the ceiling a contrasting darker colour, it balances the pattern of the floor and somehow makes it a warmer, more intimate space. Genius idea.

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via Elisabeth Heier

I’d also fill the bathroom with lots of plants to bring a bit of colour and texture. They would live on the windowsill or perhaps a little cart like the one below.

I also love the idea of having a little extra surface such as a woven basket or wooden stool near the bath to display and store easy-to-reach towels or bottles.

via Stone Source

So that’s my ideal bathroom, a girl can dream hey? One day, one day…

Are you happy with your bathroom?

This post was written in collaboration with SuperBath

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  2. I need a new bathroom too Cate. Mine looks so boring and definitely a neglected area. Just now need to find the time and energy to do it. Some great ideas here to kick start. xx

  3. Such beautiful images you have here… makes me want to re-design my bathroom but it is very tiny… A x

  4. We are doing up our bathroom this year- it needs SO MUCH work. Not least moving the boiler out of there before we can start of the fun stuff. Pinned to my Bathroom board!

  5. That wall hung sink is divine! Love these images Cate. Some really nice design ideas to try here x

  6. These images make me want to re-do my bathroom all over again (and I only did it last year). Love the black hexagonal tiles.

  7. I’m also dreaming of a new bathroom. We’re just about to redo ours but we’re so limited in what we can do because the space is just so small. We don’t really even have space for any decent storage. But these images are beautiful and I’d love to one day have a bathroom like any of these.

  8. Such lovely inspirational images. We recently remodeled our own bathroom (funny enough using the Patisserie tiles from Fired Earth) and after living with a ‘just so’ bathroom for so long, I really do love it. However (there’s always a however), it’s TINY. And so I just couldn’t go all out as much as I would have loved to. The next house I want a bit more space 😉 xxx

  9. I’m with you on all those features! I’m renting, so not a lot I can do structurally, but I think there is still a lot you can do to make a bathroom your own with accessories and plants and nice lotions and potions, as you have shown! Lovely images. Good luck with selling your apartment, you should have no problem, it’s gorgeous, but my aren’t prices high in London!

    • Yes I agree, you can transform a dull bathroom with a few nice accessories or vibrant shower curtain or such, I think you can be a bit bolder than in other rooms but I still love a bit of clean calm white!

  10. Lovely imagery Cate – I’d happily have any of those lovely bathrooms myself! xx

  11. Wonderful!
    At the moment I’m searching also for a new bathroom. Thanks for Inspartion.

    Bye
    Nina

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