Bathroom Special | English Eccentric

The bathroom of The Dowager Suite at Beaverbrook, Susie’s latest hotel project

To enhance the beauty of a period home, choose a suitably nostalgic bathroom decorated with quirky artwork and antique furniture, says interior designer Susie Atkinson

The best ways to inject some personality  into a bathroom is with quirky artwork, or a collection of ceramic plates or accessories. If your budget will accommodate it, a vintage bath from The Water Monopoly is a great statement piece, such as this one I used in the bathroom of The Dowager Suite at Beaverbrook hotel in Surrey. Drummonds is another of my favourite bathroom suppliers.

The refurbished Winston Churchill bathroom at Beaverbrook

I love fresh colours, such as greys and blues, or golden tones in bathrooms. I’ve recently used ‘Birds’ wallpaper by Galbraith & Paul in pale yellow in a project.

When it comes to furniture, only use it if  there’s space. A little trolley for soaps and face cloths would add interest to a small bathroom, while an upholstered chair next to a side table for flowers or glass storage jars would work well in a larger bathroom.

Artwork, ceramics and an armchair add character

get the look

Style your roll-top bath with unexpected touches, from quirky art work to printed wallpapers and upholstered furniture



  1. Arthouse Lazzaro wallpaper in blue, £28 per roll,
  2. Odyssey bar trolley, £299,
  3. Botanical framed prints (set of four), £308,
  5. Agate mirror, £149,
  6. Angel ferns glass-fronted cabinet, £335,
  7. Julia Knight classic tumbler, £40,








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