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11 sophisticated design details to consider for your bathroom

Incorporate one or two of these on-point ideas for a bathroom that's as stylish as it is practical
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 23-07-2018 08:35am

1. Clever storage
Whatever the size of your space, there's a smart storage option for you. Click here to browse our edit of the savviest ideas for your room!
In a smaller bathroom... Focus on vertical displays where you can store upwards without clogging precious floor space.
In a larger bathroom... Incorporate larger details that can double-up as something else; for example, a bench-style seat complete with its own set of drawers.

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2. An element of the classical
For the ultimate in throwback style, incorporate a twist of history into your bathroom - we are, of course, talking about the famous Roman baths.
In a smaller bathroom... Opt for striking displays of Roman or Greek inspired tiles; for example, an accent area in your shower cubicle or a wow-worthy splashback.
In a larger bathroom... You can really go big here - we're talking a statement column (as per the below), or perhaps a luxurious sunken tub. 

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3. An arched window
If your bathroom features a stunning window area, make the most of it! Use it as the central point for your bathroom design and build the components of the room - the bath, the shower, the cabinets - around it.
In a smaller bathroom... Position your bath in front of the window for true wow-factor.
In a larger bathroom... Leave the window bare and exposed to really let the light flood in. 


4. Alternatively: a bay window seating area
More capacious bathroom? Turn that beautiful bay window area into a spa-style chill-out zone. Invest in comfortable seating and use relaxing accesories to up the chill factor.
In a smaller bathroom... Opt for functional seating that can double up for storage; for example a lift-up bench that can be used to store linens and towels.
In a larger bathroom... Install a larger, comfier seating option: think a plush chaise longue or a sink-into armchair.


5. Floating fittings 
As well as looking achingly modern and cool, suspended or floating fittings come with the added bonus of being more streamlined than their chunkier counterparts. 
In a smaller bathroom... Keep things more compact and perhaps opt for one wall of storage rather than spreading your drawers and cabinets across different areas of the space.
In a larger bathroom... Think creatively with your display; stack fittings at differing heights and play with colour and texture, too.

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6. Creative upcycling
Whether it's an old cabinet painted in a refreshing new colour, repurposed industrial details or even, as shown here, an old palette imagined into something entirely different... You get the picture.
In a smaller bathroom... Think subtle: for example, repurposed cabinet handles.
In a larger bathoom... Scour eBay, vintage stores or a good old car boot sale for a high-impact dresser or cabinet that can be totally over-hauled.

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7. A rounded wall
Granted, this won't work for many spaces - but there's something oh-so relaxing about this high-end, quirky wall design.
In a smaller bathroom... Talk to an architect and assess whether your home can accommodate this demanding design detail.
In a larger bathroom... Same as the above - this will require considerable work and you'll need the opinion of an expert to find out if it's feasible in your home.


8. Contrasting textures
If your bathroom boasts original brickwork, resist covering it up and instead incorporate it into your space as an accent wall. Don't think raw bricks are purely the reserve of industrial-themed kitchens - rather, this is a look that can work convincingly in any room of your home if planned correctly.
In a smaller bathroom... Daintily proportioned spaces can be easily overwhelmed so use one of the smaller walls in your space as an 'accent' to keep things balanced. 
In a larger bathroom... Same rules apply as above but you might want to use a larger wall, or two smaller ones that sit next to each other to ramp up the impact.

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9. Tiered fittings
Much like the suspended option mentioned above, multiple-level storage will be as functional as it will impactful. 
In a smaller bathroom... Choose a key wall where all fittings can be displayed.
In a larger bathroom... Opt for wider cabinets and cupboards; that broader surface area will look as impressive as it will be useful for displaying decorations on.


10. Flooring with a difference
Picking the perfect flooring is the ideal opportunity to create impact in your bathroom, whether you opt for a dramatic pattern or a discrete effect. By the way, don't think making a statement with your bathroom flooring means you have to do something too wild or wacky: understated wooden floorboards can make just as much of a statement as an intricately patterned lino.
In a smaller bathroom... Keep things simple and avoid patterns or effects you might tire of quickly; instead, polish your floorboards or choose an easy-to-replace lino.
In a larger bathroom... Consider pattern: with a larger surface area to play with, there's more scope to create something even more wow-worthy. For example, you could pick a selection of tiles to create a quirky crazy-paving style pattern that will be truly unique to your home.

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These patterned tiles from Fired Earth make an eye-catching impact as you walk through the door

11. Statement colour
A pop of colour or a fresh paint-job on your walls can really add a flair of intentional style to your bathroom. Whether it's a bath tub in your favourite shade, a bright mat on the floor, an exciting use of vibrant accessories... There's an option to suit your space, theme and budget, too! 
In a smaller bathroom... Pick a key detail - be it a painted cabinet door or the towels - to incorporate your colour pop. 
In a larger bathroom... Design your own accent area by using creative blocks of colour; for example, geometric shapes painted on the wall will make for a high-impact and unique option.


NEXT! On the subject of statement colour, get inspired with our moodboard of bold prints and vibrant patterns to add a little something-something to your home - click any image below to begin browsing.

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   Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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