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Real talk: 'how we created the bathrooms of our dreams'

These homeowners and designers share their tips for maxing your bathroom transformation
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 21-02-2019 14:00pm

From bedroom to bathroom
"This room was a bedroom that we decided to make into an ensuite," explains Mad About The House blogger Kate Watson-Smyth of her gloriously spacious soak-space. "It was obvious to have a freestanding bath in front of the fireplace. The builder insisted the toilet should go on the outside wall and that does make it the furthest point from the bedroom too. Same with the shower. We were able to have two basins – apparently the secret to a happy marriage – as the second one fitted in front of where the door had been previously."

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See more of Kate's home transformation (including that gorgeous bath tub!) here.

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Choices, choices
Key to this cool, Scandi-inspired bathroom redesign was a need to match the lifestyles of the occupants. An active lifestyle - including tennis, yoga and swimming - means that homeowner Jette wanted a new-look bathroom that was perfect for relaxing and unwinding in, with the option of a quick shower or a leisurely soak depending on her mood.

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"The bathroom is kept minimalistic and true to the factory feel of the space," Jette explains. "Both the floor and the sink are made from polished concrete which is contrasted by the white furniture and brushed metal wall-mounted taps." See more of this stylish Copenhagen home here.

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A room with a view
Boasting a stunning greenery-filled view, this bathroom gives a nod to its natural vista with lashings of white paint, natural materials and even some foliage of its own. 

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Photography by Paul Craig.



"I wanted to create a luxurious feel but keep the vibe of a home," says homeowner Sarah Strickland. "To soften the streamlined surfaces I’ve included rustic features such as the wooden bath caddy, the rattan side table and a selection of houseplants." See more of the beautiful redesign here.

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A room with a view, part 2
Similarly, this bathroom was also designed with an appreciation of beautiful views at its core: to the right of the space shown below sits a floor-to-ceiling window that shows off the rolling hills to perfection. "Some of my friends are quite mortified by our bathroom windows," laughs homeowner Pilar. "They can’t understand how we don’t feel exposed, but we are lucky enough not to be overlooked by anyone. I really wouldn’t have done this had I felt we were on show to anything other than a passing sheep." 

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Gianluigi Moretti, director of Abitalia Cheltenham, adds: "To make the most of the views, pure and simple. We worked on the whole house with Pilar and there was an affinity in the way we progressed because her vision for her home tied in completely with my own. Our aim throughout was to create a flow; a flow which continued between rooms, and a flow between the interior of the house and the gardens and landscape surrounding it".

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Centre of attention
"The client wanted to create a modern bathroom with clean lines," designer Sonia Pash tells us. "They also wanted something special about it, without going to extremes. The bathroom is quite small, so we could only have one feature element without overloading it."

Inspiration by TEMZA


To match the homeowners' requirements, the decision was made to install a stunning feature wall, comprising shimmering copper tiles. See more of this stylish redesign here

Wanted: modern storage
"The ensuite was dated and lacked storage," explains homeowner Jenny Kakoudakis. "It was cramped, too, with both a bath tub and a shower cubicle." The family-shared space presented an assortment of issues; "the corner had a floor-to-ceiling storage unit, for example," says Jenny. "It wasn't painted correctly, it wasn't accessible, it had exposed pipes inside it - it was just shocking."

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Melinda Kiss of Keyhole Interiors was brought on-board to transform the space; "the space now feels big as the light bounces off the white walls (painted in Little Greene's 'Shirting'), as well as the tiles and the mirror," says Jenny. See more of the transformation here.

NEXT! Want some colour scheme inspiration for your bathroom? Take a look at our moodboard of ideas - click any image below to begin browsing.





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