Bathroom inspiration: 4 expert ideas for bathing beauty

PUBLISHED: 10:15 01 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 18 January 2016

Compact Family bathroom

Compact Family bathroom


When it comes to buying a new house, most prospective buyers will head straight for the bathroom, writes Interiors Editor Carol Burns


when it comes to choosing whether to buy a house or not, prospective buyers will often head straight for the bathroom as one of the most important rooms in the house.

Once it was hidden away, compacted down to the basics, and you were lucky to find one in a four bedroom house - now they can out number the bedrooms. Family bathrooms, cloakrooms, en suites - modern houses can have them all.

Size and scale can vary dramatically and is often tied to the period in which the house was built. Victorian houses were the first to be built with bathrooms - so they are often well-appointed. In the 1970s, architects decided bathrooms took up too much room and family bathrooms squeezed in.

But today we want walk-in showers, double sinks and bidet as standard. So can you have it all?


Welcome to the wet room

Originally designed for people with mobility problems, the wet room is a bathroom phenomena - elevating a simple en suite to a luxury spa experience without enclosures and the step in shower tray. These rooms are all about simplicity; good tiling for floor and wall - or vinyls. A great shower head is a must, or go for the ultimate luxury of an overhead and a handheld.

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Smallest room in the house

Find room in your budget and your style book for the tiniest room in your house - the cloakrooms. Often overlooked and given only a basic decoration, afterall ‘it’s only a cloakroom’. But think again; it is mostly used by guests, so give them a warm welcome with well-thought out decor and designer touches.

Like any room you have the walls, the ceiling and the flooring to consider. Adding designer touches to the cloakroom is surprisingly affordable - as it’s such a small space and requires so little. Look out for one-off rolls of designer wallpaper, tester pots of designer paint colours, fabrics for window dressing and off cuts of real wood flooring. There’s also the glory of mosaic tiling which can add a real touch of glamour to the walls - as a dado rail starting at the same height as the sink. Head to the bathroom section of your local store and look out off cuts of vibrant perspex splashbacks that are so on trend. A little piece will look great behind your sink as an alternative to tiles.

Usually made up of a WC and sink, make clever use of your space with small corner sinks designed specially for cloakrooms. Good lighting is also important as these rooms tend to have small windows and be at the back of the house.


Family fun

The family bathroom is often a major attraction for househunters - those with young children will want a bath as a shower is generally unsuitable for younger bathers. It’s not all about investing for the next owners, but it’s hard to image a home without the ability to relaaaax in a bubble bath at the end of a stressful day. A good bath is a must - whether you fancy something cast iron and stand alone, or the latest in whirlpool technology, make sure you climb in while in the shop and try before you buy to make sure it’s comfortable.

Storage is also vitally important in a bathroom - it’s a place for bathroom linens, often a place to hide things in need of washing or ironing - and it’s surprising how much even the most ascetic person requires for their daily ablutions.


The expert view: bathroom colour

After a long and tiresome day at work a relaxing bathroom can be the perfect escape. Water has a calming effect on the mind and soul, so choosing a colour scheme that emphasises this is important. A key factor in creating this relaxing space is colour.

Blues and greens like Blue Gray, Teresa’s Green and Cabbage White promote relaxation and reflection in interiors making them popular bathroom colours. Smaller bathrooms and cloakrooms are often lacking in natural light. In these spaces it’s tempting to use whites to try to create light and space, but you will often end up with a small, dark, uninteresting room. Instead by using darker colours you can create real impact. By using rich, strong colours such as Brinjal and Hague Blue you can create a dramatic yet intimate space.

At Farrow & Ball, we offer a range of paint finishes that have been specially formulated to be used on surfaces both inside and outside your home. Our modern emulsion, is perfect for use in bathrooms and cloakrooms. Available in all 132 Farrow & Ball colours it is washable with excellent stain and scuff resistance. Modern Emulsion is ideal for painting walls and ceilings in bathrooms as well as kitchens, hallways, children’s bedrooms and any other high usage areas.

Another popular alternative in contemporary bathrooms, is wallpaper. There’s a lot of excitement here at Farrow & Ball as we are about to launch our new latest and greatest wallpaper collection! This collection is incredibly special to us as all three of the new designs were inspired by the rolling South West countryside that surrounds us. These wallpapers would work perfectly in the bathroom as they embrace the beauty of nature. People lead increasingly busy lives and these designs create a soft, peaceful look in the home.Happy decorating!

Josephine Rance, Farrow & Ball

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