For a bathroom that whispers glamour, opt for richly painted walls and warm gold or brushed brass tubs and taps, suggests interior designer Laura Stephens
Bathrooms tend to have a lot of hard surfaces so it’s really important to use a mixture of materials to stop the whole effect feeling cold and unwelcoming. I love using brass and gold-coloured fixtures to add warmth to a bathroom scheme. I’m currently working on a bathroom project using Lefroy Brooks unlacquered brass fittings, which age beautifully to a lovely patina.
In this bathroom (above), I used a painted wood vanity unit, stone sink, deep indigo blue walls, hexagon tiles from Fired Earth and gold fittings from Samuel Heath, along with the gold trim to create an opulent but super-contemporary ‘jewellery box’ feel.
In the bathroom below, we mixed up the materials to make it feel really special and feminine. We used patterned encaustic tiles alongside a marble-topped vanity unit from Neptune. The walls are painted in Calamine by Farrow & Ball – the pink tone stops the scheme becoming too stark and, again, warms up the space.
The use of lighting is also so important in bathrooms. I always ensure I incorporate softer wall lights in addition to the necessary downlighters for a relaxing feel.
get the look
A glamorous and feminine bathroom calls for warm metallics in tactile finishes and sleek, elegant designs.
- Norm wire bin in copper, £89.95, black-by-design.co.uk
- Meridian glazed brass wall cabinet, £225, alexanderandpearl.co.uk
- Rone copper-plated toilet brush, £16, made.com
- Ferm living brass towel hanger, £30, amara.com
- Eichholtz Claridges dual brass wall lamp, £440, sweetpeaandwillow.com
- Zuiver Bandit wall mirror in copper, £139, cuckooland.com