5 Interior Designers, 5 Dream Schemes

In this series, we ask five interior designers to put together a moodboard of their dream schemes for different rooms in the house. In this instalment, we asked them to tackle a downstairs loo – a small space where many people want to make a statement by having a bit of fun, but risk getting it wrong if they’re not sure what they’re doing. The experts talked us through their various designs…

Katie Cox, HAM Interiors

“The rustic oak vanity by our sister company Studio HÁM was the starting point for this scheme. The warmth of the wood led us to a colour palette of soft neutrals with hints of delicate pink and green. The look mixes modern eclecticism with classic country house styling, but at its core it’s quite timeless. In the end, we added elements like artwork and the pleated pendant for a bit of fun. We imagined the clients would be young and in need of an updated take on a classic country scheme.”
 
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Lucy Barlow, Barlow & Barlow

“Colour, pattern, warmth, beautiful lighting – these are the tools to make your home feel happy. We always encourage a bold use of pattern and colour in our designs, especially in a secondary space such as a cloakroom or downstairs loo, where you can make braver choices than in a main living space. Brands I love include Bernard Thorp, Pierre Frey and Flora Soames, and I never take the boring route. Clashing florals with stripes and checkerboard floor patterns brilliantly demonstrates how much fun you can have combining different patterns. Adding multiple layers to a scheme also excites the eye – it’s a great idea to add something a little unexpected.”

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Laura Stephens

“I’ve long collected shells and adore everything John Derian does, so it should come as no surprise to hear how much I love this wallpaper. Coloured sanitary ware is everywhere right now and this little blue sink from Burlington is a great price point. I’m always a sucker for pink, and wanted to pick out the pink shells in the wallpaper with the lampshades. A little space like this is such a great opportunity to do something really fun and I always encourage clients to paint the ceiling a specific colour – usually to tie in with the tiles or wallpaper and bring everything together. Rhubarb from Paint and Paper  Library matches the lampshades perfectly in this instance. Finally, the mosaic chequerboard tiles are ideal for a space of this size, and a great graphic foil for the prettiness of the shells and wall lights.
 
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Olivia Emery

“These Bert & May floor tiles are a personal favourite and go beautifully with the Storm blue colour of the Kast concrete sink. You can afford to be bold in a downstairs loo and you’d never get bored of the Raoul Dufy Christopher Farr wallpaper – which I would frame with Edward Bulmers' Invisible Green paint on the skirting boards and ceiling (go for gloss if you’re feeling bold). An elegant Dornbracht wall-mounted basin mixer and the timeless Visual Comfort wall lights either side of the glossy mirror will add a little bit of shine.”
 
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Anna Hewitson, Anna Hewitson Design

“For this bathroom scheme, I wanted to create something that felt quite organic and timeless. I deliberately selected taps in an antique brass ‘living finish’, which means they will age beautifully over time. The slightly rough plaster wall lights and soft curves of the mirror are also reminiscent of natural forms – something which is echoed in the mossy green paint colour and squiggly wallpaper. To complement the schemes, a wood floor in a darker stain adds a bit of impact but still with softness underfoot. Altogether, there’s the right balance of light and dark, which keeps the palette simple and unified.”
 
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