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Founder, Gunter & Co
My vision was to create a restful retreat with a sophisticated vibe. I achieved this by incorporating a mix of beautiful and functional features, both old and new. The contrasts inject timeless appeal into the space to stop it feeling dated – for example, the minimalist Speed Forme tap from Samuel Heath and the antique Carrara marble bathtub from Piet Jonker. The simple Morville towel rail from Sterlingham, along with a set of three 18th-century small giltwood Italian mirrors from Brownrigg, provide further contrast. Creating an adults-only space allowed me to focus on a more sensory experience – hence the full-length curtains adorned with an appliqué from Holland & Sherry. Additionally, the Sparta armchair from Ransom & Dunn provides a cosy and comfortable spot to relax – it may not be suitable for a family bathroom, but in an adult bathroom it adds a touch of luxury. Another grown-up addition is the Havwoods wooden floor. In a more sedate space, a wooden floor makes it a little more luxury and a little less functional.
Founder, Rebecca Hughes Interiors
An adult bathroom is the ultimate luxury. I wanted to design a haven to rest, pamper and reset at the start and end of each day, which is why I married lustrous finishes such as faux plaster on the walls and Arabescato marble on the floor with antiques and modern furniture. The cost of bespoke joinery can very quickly escalate, and a pre-designed vanity is a great alternative. If you have the space, there’s no reason to have to share your basin, so I always try and put in double vanities where possible. Nothing beats a freestanding bath and, wherever possible, there should be space for a little table. I like to upholster furniture in bathrooms with loose covers made from towelling fabric. I often use the terry fabric from C&C Milano; not only is it absorbent and practical, it also helps create that spa-like effect.
Creative Director, Dalrymple Studio
We’ve designed a grown-up bathroom in a London home that’s full of character and vintage finds. The upholstery of the armchair and the curtain fabrics soften the space, with its tiled and stone finishes, and add a lot of texture. If space allows, try to incorporate soft furnishings into a bathroom – they will make it feel more like an escape. We've also focused on using elegant and classic fittings that will age well and aren't trend-led. Our choice of accessories and scents are also heavily inspired by the Mediterranean.
Founder, Laura Stephens
The starting point for this scheme was the wallpaper. We love using wallpaper in bathrooms to introduce a bit of colour and pattern into what can sometimes feel like a cold space. The pendant complements the south-east Asian feel of the wallpaper, while the Art Deco-inspired brass fittings add to the luxe feel. The terracotta bath adds a pop of colour and the striped shower curtain and scallop-shaped sink add a sense of playfulness.
Founder, Isabelle Lomas
Using natural finishes and light colours is always preferable in bathrooms as you want as much natural light as possible. Earthy, natural finishes such as oak and marble complement each other well and allow you to experiment with texture and pattern without being too minimal or maximalist. A personal bathroom will also stand the test of time when you use natural elements and keep it clear from clutter with good storage – so allow for drawers and cupboards, not only for products, but also for towels and linens.