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, terrazzo? Plain, painted 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.
See our edit of chic marble bathrooms.
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.
See our edit of bathroom encaustic tile ideas.
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.
Throughout the house, the colour palette is drawn from a mixture of blues, including cobalts and azures.
Get the look The glass mosaic tiles are from Fired Earth. Find a freestanding tub at Aston Matthews.
The floor plan was reshuffled to create a glamorous bathroom lined in a mix of gold, black and white tessera mosaic tiles.
Get the look The shower is from Catchpole & Rye. Try Walls and Floors for similar mosaic tiles.
Tucked under the eaves of the top floor, the oval bath is a welcome sanctuary at the end of the day. Painted floorboards are a simple and stylish flooring solution.
Get the look The bath and tap are from CP Hart.
Each time the budget was a bit tight, the architect would suggest the owners save money by cutting back on the marble but they were adamant it stays as it’s so glam.
Get the look The Portuguese marble was sourced by Jon Loveday. These are Mackintosh shower fittings and basin taps by Lefroy Brooks. For a similar shower screen and mirrored wall cabinet, try CP Hart.
The waterproof tadelakt finish on the walls is a traditional Moroccan polished plaster used in riads.
Get the look The wood floor is made from exterior decking. Try thedecktileco.co.uk for a stylish selection. The Palermo light fittings are from Sparks Electrical. The mirror was made to measure. Any good glazier will be able to cut a shape to your design or try Dominic Schuster. The hammam towel is from Future and Found.
Vertical tiles accentuate height in the bathroom and a basin with an integrated towel rack helps keep the walls clutter-free. The terrazzo flooring brings an urban touch.
Get the look The white glazed ceramic wall tiles are from Signorino Tile Gallery in Melbourne. Fired Earth does similar tiles. This is the Pressed Glass wall light by Tom Dixon. The washbasin is by Pozzi-Ginori. CP Hart has a good range of washbasins with towel rails. The bath is by Duravit. For a shower like this, try John Lewis. For terrazzo floor tiles try Iris Ceramica.
The family bathroom is a new space, created by squaring off the dog-legging, single storey ground floor below and building over it. A wet room finish makes the most of the space, and no-nonsense fittings kept costs down.
Get the look Bath, ebay. Tiles, Walls & Floors.
The owners wanted the bath to have a wide rim to balance a cup of tea on – or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day. Large slate tiles suit the room's generous proportions.
Get the look The oversized bath is from Castello Luxury Baths and the cast-iron radiator is from The 21st Century Radiator Company. The Slate Luserna floor tiles in Blu are from Tower Ceramics Limited and the wall tiles are by Emery & Cie. For a similar blind, try John Lewis.
This room has a contemporary feel, but careful use of materials links it with the more traditional elements elsewhere in the house – the metro tiles match those in the utility room and the natural wood of the cabinets mirrors the furnishing throughout.
Get the look The bathroom cabinet was designed by Stephen Akehurst. Try CP Hart for similar. Head to Mandarin Stone for limestone floor tiles. The Jade lamp table (used as a stool) is by Wilhelmina McCarroll for Zuster in Melbourne. Try Objekten for similar.
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.