Give your bathroom a gorgeous grounding..
Planning a new bathroom? Your choice of flooring is a fabulous way to set the right tone for your scheme and the ideal place to start. Once you know what you’re drawn towards and what is feasible budget-wise, then you can start planning the rest of the room around it. But what to choose? Stone, timber, tiles? Plain or patterned? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite looks to get you off on the right, ahem, foot..
Blessed with original boards that are in good condition? Make the most of this wonderful feature with a wood stain and sealant. Alternatively, create a similar effect with reclaimed timber. Teamed with plain white walls and simple sanitary-ware you’ll achieve a look that’s calming and cool. Aiming for laid-back luxe? Take your timber flooring up a few notches with an eye-catching book-matched marble wall and a freestanding tub.
For all-out elegance marble is the go-to material for floors – and walls. For a similar style without the high price tag, there are plenty of marble-effect porcelain tiles on the market. Lava stone tiles are another elegant option. Laid in a smart herringbone pattern and offset with tadelakt creates a look that whispers luxury rather than shouting too loudly.
Encaustic cement tiles are bang on trend and those with a monochrome Moorish pattern make a magnificent style statement. Go dark and decadent with a steely grey finish on the walls, ceiling and wood work, or fresh and bright with an all white backdrop – either way a splash of verdant green in the form of a parlour palm, will lend a far away boutique hotel feel.
Want to add interest without committing to a bold pattern that you may tire of? Think out of the box and go for tiles in a shape other than square or rectangular, such as the hexagonal mosaics shown below. Geometrics is a trend that’s set to stay for a while.
Tactile tadelakt and lava stone tiles wrap around this bathing space that’s both efficient and indulgent.
Get the look: These are Made a Mano lavastone tiles. The handshower and brassware are Gessi at CP Hart.
The angled roof and freestanding tub add drama to the simple space.
Get the look: Flooring, bath surround and shelving all made from reclaimed timber flooring.
The shade on the bath strikes just the right note for a bathing space that’s feminine but not flashy.
Get the look: The bath is from The Cast Iron Bath Company, painted in Calamine by Farrow & Ball. The mirror cabinet was a vintage find. The flooring is from Verona Marble. The nickel taps are Lefroy Brooks. The light was bought in Morocco. Buy an Eames DSR chair at The Conran Shop. This is the Beginning cushion by Jessica Zoob for Black Edition at Romo.
The wallpaper adds to the bathroom’s tropical cruise vibe, complete with porthole window.
Get the look: The bath is from Drummonds, custom painted. The wallpaper is by Matthew Williamson. Find hexagonal mosaic tiles at Walls and Floors.
This bathroom had to function well, so its owners spent the bulk of their budget on life-enhancing structural elements, like the new roof garden and practicalities such as showers that don’t dribble. That left less to spend on fittings, so they scoured Ebay for bargains and found this bath for £100. The chair can be moved to access the private roof garden.
Get the look: The floor and wall tiles are from Tons of Tiles.
Cladding the walls and floors in marble tiles makes for a luxurious look.
Get the look: Porcelanosa sells similar marble tiles. Aston Matthews sells wall-mounted brass towel rails.
The enveloping dark background is relieved by splashes of green foliage and black and white floor tiles, the traditional pattern giving a nod to the property’s Victorian heritage.
Get the look: The Salcombe bath is by The Cast Iron Bath Company. The bronze brass finish taps are by Bespoke Taps. The Devonstone floor tiles are from Tiles Direct.
Warm woods, graphic tiles and sleek fittings are beautifully combined.
Get the look: The Tara shower fitting is by Dornbracht. The floor tiles are by Mosaic Del Sur. The wall is covered in Venetian plaster by Loggia.
The master bathroom is the place to relax at the end of a long day. The bath came with the house, but the walk-in shower was tucked in later, enabling a quicker wash-and-go in the morning.
Get the look: Find a similar bath at The Albion Bath Company. The brassware is by Villeroy & Boch.
The floor tiles are by Mosaic del Sur.
The organic curves of this bath are a calm contrast to all the straight lines and angles in the house. It’s placed under the window so you can lie back and stargaze.
Get the look: The bath is from Victoria + Albert. The bath filler is from CP Hart. The floor tiles are from Capitol Designer Studio. The walls are painted in Salt V by Paint & Paper Library.
Textural marble is used as a statement feature when balanced against white walls and warm stained oak floorboards.
Get the Look: The freestanding Ottocento bath is by Agape. The Offcut stool is by Tom Dixon.