No longer relegated to the style archives, gold is back and taking a new direction that provides a subtler way to explore your glam side in the bathroom. One simple way to introduce gold with restraint is to build it up gradually. Start with hard-wired fittings, perhaps a basin tap or light fixture, then layer on the accessories if it’s not quite hitting the right note. Remember, you’re seeking to elevate pared-back materials, rather than steal the show.
Sherbet hues – think pastels with a zingy twist – evoke an era of glitz and hedonism. ‘Dial back to Miami in the Thirties and Palm Springs in the Fifties – big ice cream-coloured convertibles, glamorous abodes and pool parties,’ says Louise Ashdown, showroom manager and head of design at West One Bathrooms. ‘The true beauty of sherbet shades is that they work exceptionally well with the still- trending metallic brassware we’ve all fallen hard for – try mixing strawberry pink with matt gold taps. The effect is stunning and will lift your bathroom to new heights,’ adds Louise.
Wallpaper continues to weave its magic through our homes, but this year things are dialing up a notch, with bold patterned designs stealing into the wettest parts of our bathrooms. Previously a limited option best kept well away from water, the advent of new materials and printing techniques is seeing the glory of wallpaper patterns translated on more robust surfaces.
Natural, unrefined finishes offer respite from the hard, cold surfaces commonly found in the bathroom – not to mention the hard, cold reality of life beyond the bathroom door. Wood is an obvious go-to. Select darker timbers with an element of history evidenced in a vintage stain or rough-sawn surface. Faking it with wood-look porcelain tiles can be equally as effective, provided there’s a textural finish to recreate the tactility factor.
This striking hue may not have darkened our doors since the Eighties, but hold on to your hats: red is back and hotter than ever. A shade that takes no prisoners, red is energising, invigorating, and the colour of action. According to 2LG Studio, which developed this eye-catching installation for CP Hart’s Waterloo showroom, the bathroom is the perfect place to embrace red. ‘It can be used like a rich jewel that will strengthen your spirit for the day ahead,’ says the studio’s co-founder, Russell Whitehead.
Just like that LBD in your wardrobe, a black bathroom can be updated and refreshed to ensure tiring of the look is never an option. This year, we’re not holding back – go all black, or go home. It’s not an approach for the faint-hearted, but it is guaranteed to impress. Going top-to-toe black needn’t be as severe as you might imagine. Work in a textural element – the latest matt black tiles and sanitaryware take their leads from the motor industry and possess a velvety-soft appeal. For glinting colour, introduce warm metals or opalescent tiles.
Although grand architecture and dark walls create mood in Victorian-inspired schemes, it’s the show-stopping cast-iron roll-top that’s the heart of this look. Remaining a crucial component in today’s chicest bathrooms, a shapely freestanding tub with ball-and-claw feet is virtually de rigueur.
The focus here is on refined elegance, luxury features and balanced proportions. Classical fittings with beautiful shapes and soft, elegant colours that will harmonise. For a sense of grandeur, introduce at least one show-stopping feature – a dramatic floor mosaic or a huge mirror are especially pleasing in a Renaissance-inspired setting.
Take styling inspiration from London’s grandest hotels, such as The Savoy, The Ritz and The Ned, and channel the Edwardian gentleman’s club design. Moody and masculine, this look champions wood (typically mahogany, walnut and dark-stained oak) and craftsmanship.
Choosing something pretty to look at in the bathroom won’t be hard with Kohler’s Wading Pool basins. Featuring 17th-century Dutch art on onyx backdrops, they’re super-chic.