Next to kitchens, good bathrooms help sell a house so splash out and create a luxurious retreat where you can linger in complete privacy. Don’t stint on space and choose from 2017s trending marble surfaces, free-standing baths, mood lighting, metallic accents, Crittal shower doors, large format tiles, oversize showerheads (subject to water pressure), cool colours and a generally minimalist look. “Low profile, 25ml shower trays are a good alternative to wet rooms,” advises Richard Everett, Director of BPM Bathrooms.


1. Double vanity unit and double oversize rain showerheads spiced up with burnished iridescent tiles and the same floor tiles throughout for a sleek look, by Hughes Developments. 2. Master en suite with purple mosaic feature wall, his and hers vanity unit, free-standing bath and concrete-effect grey tiles, by Ensoul Interior Architecture. 3.


Clean lines in this traditionally-styled monochrome bathroom with step-in shower framed with white wall tiles and Crittal doors, black floor tiles and black-framed mirror, by Hughes Developments.


4. His and her showers in a vast shower cubicle, and colour added with a marble-top double vanity unit, by Good London Builders. 5. Dark wood cupboards and shelving contrast with white double vanity unit and theatrical lighting, by Run Projects.


6. Add some drama in the smallest room in the house, with dark-painted panelling, funky tiled flooring and marble basin, Bygga Construction. 7. Warmth, depth and glamour infuse this darkly tiled toilet, fitted with copper wash hand basin and stunning mirror, by Emma Green Design. 8. Minimalist lines from Trinity Interior Design in this marble-clad loft bathroom.


9. The bath as the centrepiece: stand-alone bath from West One Bathrooms. 10. Upsher Harrison adds interest with patterned tiling behind the double vanity unit.


11. Calming beige for this light-filled loft bathroom with free-standing bath and oversize tiles, from Simply Construction. 12. This is what you call a bathroom! Dramatically-lit shower, floating shelves to hold double basins and separate toilet cubicle in this spacious and luxurious bathroom. Lighting by John Cullen Lighting.


  • Consider your priorities. Is it a family bathroom, just for the children, for your own pampering, or a super-efficient, in-and-out shower centre?
  • Get ideas from specialist magazines, visit showrooms to see the actual products, colours, finishes, sizes, styles (all can appear quite different in real life) and an idea of costs.
  • When planning your project, draw up a basic scaled outline of the space available to help ensure that your dream is achievable.
  • Revisit the showrooms that gave you confidence and ideas. Get them to plan in detail, to suggest and recommend schemes that suit your ambitions and budget. Check on delivery times.
  • Whenever possible, stick with one supplier. They will have the responsibility to ensure everything is compatible and delivered as required. They may have recommended installers and should be able to liaise with them to help deal with any ‘techy’ stuff.
  • Obtain at least two or three installation quotes then meet the team that will be creating your new bathroom. Discuss the suitability of your planned layout.
  • Consider the décor – tile surfaces are not only practical, but the right supplier can offer fabulous designs and a planning service that will ensure your bath or shower room is unique and personal.
  • Have fun and don’t forget this is for you — it may become your favourite room for years to come.
Source: Potter Perrin


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