Bathing belles - swap your plain white suite for character and colour
There comes a time when a chaste white bathroom with not an impeccable towel out of place just won't cut the mustard. It has a place, make no mistake, but just occasionally it's good to embrace a more adventurous path and to break away from what is safe and classical.
So if you thirst for a little pizzazz, try these creative touches…
If the thought of using colour in a bathroom is too daunting, then start by introducing a few colourful accessories, such as towels, bath mats, pictures, soap dishes and vases. If all goes well, move on to a few vibrant tiles - such as a splashback or a chic little band of mosaic tiles. Next, try painting a feature wall in your chosen vibrant shade.
Flooring is a good way to add texture and interest - there are certainly plenty of vinyl floor coverings, offering a wide choice of wood, stone or marble effects. A striking chequered floor used with a neutral scheme can add a massive wow factor to a bathroom.
The metallic trend can be used to great effect in a number of ways. For starters, there are some fabulous roll-top baths out there in copper, silver or gilded finishes. Or incorporate some beautiful metallic tiles, which can look incredibly sophisticated when used strategically with bold colours. Try a combination of large rectangular matt black tiles teamed with smaller square gold tiles. Or opt for delicate shimmery silver diamond patterned tiles, which can look amazing as a feature wall behind a plain white freestanding bath.
Mirrors can really open up a bathroom, making them appear larger than they are. They also have the advantage of intensifying the effect of colours both on the walls and in the furniture/accessories, particularly when an entire wall is covered with a single mirror panel or mirrored tiles with a burnished metallic finish, which has a warming effect.
Patterns are ideal for making big bold statements in a bathroom. Geometric patterned wallpapers and tiles, especially in monochrome will give your bathroom incredible depth and definition. While mosaic tiles used on the main wall in a wet room will create a striking focal point, particularly if the shower head is a modern oversized type. A clear glass screen, which appears to float without fixings, will also open up the space and enhance the tiles.
1. The deep blue sea and all its mystery is the theme behind this dramatic teal and black bathroom, Vittone freestanding bath in black, £799, www.bathrooms.com
2. A striking black and white geometric marble tiled floor underpins this elegant art deco style bathroom, www.devon-devon.com
3. A glamorous pink and white freestanding bathtub is the focal point in this sleek contemporary bathroom, Bettehome Oval Silhouette bicolour enamelled steel bath in violet and white, £6,980, www.bette.co.uk
4. If your heart is set on wooden flooring in your design led bathroom, then opt for a luxury vinyl version, which looks just like the real thing, Maritime Pine 24854 from Monuleo's Select range, from £19.99 per square metre, www.moduleo.co.uk
5. Victoria suite, from £1,594, Hylton metallic effect acrylic bath in copper, £2,550, Heritage Bathrooms