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White walls, wooden floors, and a gorgeous freestanding bath make this bathroom in an Edwardian villa designed by William Smalley an appealing space. The original Edwardian bedroom chimneypiece has been retained.

Charcoal walls provide a dramatic backdrop for idiosyncratic paintings of volcanoes, and wall-mounted plinths topped with coral, in designer Bridie Hall’s bathroom.

Glass and brass-beaded towel ring: ‘Mmiliki Kitambaa’ (teal), £63.95, from Otago.

This earthy space in a rustic Dutch farmhouse was created using Papers and Paints’ ‘Deep Celadon Green’, £38.40 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion. The antique stone basin is the centrepiece of the room, creating a rustic feel that complements the exposed brickwork towards the top of the wall.

This spare bathroom in a renovated Georgian house was designed by Maria Speake of Retrouvius. While out shopping she found two rolls of this vintage wallpaper – just enough to cover one wall. The stone was reclaimed from Heathrow Terminal 2.

The free-standing tub in this Drummonds bathroom is the centrepiece of the room, alongside the dramatic lighting, a chandelier, and neutral colour palette makes an elegant space. The silver fittings add a modern glamour especially combined with the large chandelier, making for a very inviting bathroom scene.

Want to add a little rock ‘n’ roll glamour to your bathroom? A chandelier and statement wall hanging added to classic fixtures and fittings should do the trick.

A fabulous bathtub is all you need to make your bathroom stand out in style. Just add a pretty painted wall and some glam acccessories.

Jeanetta Rowan-Hamilton of Nettles Cashmere restored her tin-roofed fishing lodge after inheriting it from her parents. She abhors waste and loves change of usage. In the bathroom she has used old Lincolnshire cotton reels to create useful shelving.

The bathroom from House & Garden’s July 2017 scheme, in which Acting Decoration Editor Ruth Sleightholme used a bold palette of red, white and blue to create a smart yet fun interior inspired by folk art and the circus.

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Decorator Frédéric Méchiche has used a scenic grisaille wallpaper, created by Joseph Dufour et Cie in the early nineteenth-century, in this Directoire-style scheme in Paris. Try Zuber for similar styles.

This Edwardian house with bright modern interiors was extended with the addition of a basement, freeing up space on the upper floors for bright and capacious rooms, and creating a more fluid layout ideal for family living.

Known for their restoration of historic buildings in Scotland, conservation architects Nick Groves-Raines and Kristin Hannesdottir relished the challenge of saving Lamb’s House in Leith, where they now live and work. A reclaimed, re-enamelled bath was added in the bathroom.

From the Feb 2011 issue of House & Garden. Photograph by Alexander James.

Feature walls aren’t just for bedroom and living room walls. Waterproof wallpaper or patterned tiles make for a beautiful bathroom.

This first floor bathroom in the restored Georgian home of print maker Cameron Short is fitted with a worn wooden vanity and brass taps. Trinkets, flowers and a painting decorate the otherwise minimal scheme.

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If there’s anything we love about staying in a smart hotel, it’s the bathrooms. Forget the plush towels and cosy bathrobes – for us, it’s the inspiring design ideas to steal. Make like the Maison La Minervetta in stylish Sorrento, Italy and get inspired by the quirky nautical style of these blue tiles.

Before making irrational decisions with towels and floor mats, you should be aware of what colours you want for the larger elements in your bathroom. Don’t forget that the colour you choose will affect the overall ambience and feeling in the space. White is the go-to colour for most homeowners as it can be combined with other colours to create different effects. Combined with blue, it will house an adventurous underwater flair, whereas if combined with black, it can create a dramatic and romantic appeal. Also, you must take note of the amount, or lack thereof, of natural light that penetrates the space, as in the end, this will decide the colour scheme of your bathroom. As a general rule of thumb, dark or bright colours should not be used in small bathrooms, with the exception of small accessories.

Be bold in the bathroom with zingy yellow tiles. A frameless shower cubicle and monochrome accessories keep the focus on the striking hue. Contemporary and very cool.

To get the look of Gill and Glenn Vaughan’s stunning bathroom, try florring from Lapicida, and the ‘Usk’ bateau bath from Drummonds, which is a close match to the free-standing tub and available in the same black painted finish.

The pink and green bathroom in designer Nicky Haslam’s eighteenth-century folly is pure romance. Furniture from his range for Oka, is combined with a wall of mirror behind the bath, which opens up the tiny room and bounces around the light.

This pared back bathroom at the boutique hotel The Fish in the Cotswolds is simple and elegant.

This restored 17th century farmhouse in the Chilterns is idyllic

Wallpaper: ‘Sea Plants’, by John Derian for Studio Printworks, 68cm wide, £310 a 4.6-metre roll, at Tissus d’Hélène.

In the tiny bathroom of designer Ben Pentreath’s flat, a collection of monochrome prints chime with the overscaled grisaille foliage wallpaper, ‘Richmond Park’ from Zoffany.

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Naturally the home of gallerist Rebecca Hossack is packed with beautiful pieces by the artists that she represents. In the bathroom, surrounding the bath, are numerous pieces by the potter Ann Stokes, whose work, as well as exhibiting in the gallery, is also displayed at the V&A. Glass shelves run in front of the windows filled with a selection of delicate glassware in tonal blues; an easy and clever trick which brings a luminous punch of colour to the room.

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Ceramic basin and pedestal: ‘Empress’, 92 x 72 x 54cm, £900; and nickel-plated-steel mixer taps, ‘La Fontaine’, £450; both at Catchpole & Rye.

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This restored Georgian house in Somerset was an irresistible challenge for its owners, who put together a team including architect Ptolemy Dean for the painstaking restoration, which won a Georgian Group award in 2015.

A picture wall in a bathroom? Why not? As long as there’s plenty of good ventilation, the idea is wholly workable.

Effectively encasing the bath in a tongue and groove box brings the texture and character of panelling to the room, while also creating surfaces on which to give the space a decorative flourish.

When decorating a bathroom an impactful and cost effective trick is to take the tiles half way up the wall, rather than over the full space – as in this bathroom by Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay. The wall lights that flank the mirrors are by Hector Finch.

Pale aquas and blues are a common choice for a bathroom colour scheme, but they do work. Here grey gloss tiles and industrial style storage solutions update the look, and a double shower – what luxury!

A wall of oak shelving extends into the main bathroom of this gloriously eccentric home. The magical interiors of this eighteenth-century barn in Oxfordshire were the work of its previous owner, the artist Paul Nicholls. Its current owners are the sculptor and painter Lincoln Seligman and his wife Tish.

This bathroom has a white scheme and features earthenware pottery.

Bathroom wallpaper in pretty prints teamed with bold colours is perfect for an eclectic look. If you’re worried about how the wallpaper will withstand the humidity, coat it with Polyvine’s Decorators Varnish (from £8.05 at

Owner Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features.

Inject some art deco into your bathroom scheme with plenty of marble and some pretty metallic tiles. The exposed plumbing of the sinks, gorgeous light features and the archway leading to the bath add extra glamour.

Renovating a bathroom is seemingly always a budget issue, that’s why you should always plan in advance how much you’re willing to spend and how much you can feasibly change. Does only a small patch of tiles need to be changed, or is the entire bathroom outdated and drab? It can be expensive and complex to replace features like the shower, sink, bathtub and toilet. But don’t forget—even seemingly small changes can make a big impact. Why not get rid of your old shower curtain or build a new cabinet for the sink? The lighting in a bathrooms can too, significantly improve the atmosphere. Think about indirect or dimmable lights to turn your bathroom into an oasis of calm and respite. If you need help, you can find it here and in our free consultation feature.

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Pine flooring was used for the panelling in this minimal bathroom at a Christopher Howe-designed townhouse in Bray.

A classic monochrome scheme combined with modern design elements and impactful accessorises. We can’t help but think the Queen of Hearts’ bathroom would look a lot like this.

The claw-foot tub, comfortable seating and floral blind complete the English country house-style scheme. Like the chair? Try George Smith’s ‘Buttoned Bedroom Chair’, from £2,501.

Rather than move, the owners of this Kent barn conversion consulted the architect Thomas Croft, who remodelled and extended the space to give them the indoor-outdoor lifestyle they craved.

Owner Alastair Hendy has an uncanny talent for evoking the mood of the past – from his restored Tudor house to his charming Victorian-style shop in Hastings.

In the bathroom of her North London home the designer Bridie Hall has used a dark grey paint as a base for an eclectic collection of mirrors and objects. A smart matchboard unit conceals all the plumbing for the loo and the sink.

Alastair Hendy was initially reluctant to view the Grade II listed 16th century property. From the beginning, however, the house took a grip on Alastair. He bought the house, not realising that it would be a five-year restoration project. After taking a crash course in 16th century building practices, he returned the house to the glory of a simpler time. The bathroom has a rustic wooden tub with a handy shelf that fits across.

Relocating to Oxford after 15 years in Japan and Hong Kong, the owners of this Victorian house put together a team of experts to create a mostly open-plan layout full of intriguing design details. In this bathroom, Cole & Son ‘Orchid’ wallpaper softens the effect of the marble basins and grey mosaic flooring.

A cast-iron tub from Aston Matthews, painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Hardwick White’, is the focal point of this bathroom. This design idea is perfect for softening the look of your bathroom and making the space feel warmer.

Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.

A mix of grey colours in this small bathroom, which features a walk-in shower, makes for a simple and elegant space. The large mirror is complimented by the grey tone of the studded washstand designed by owner Gytha.

Shaker style simplicity in an attractive and contemporary grey colour scheme. The vertical wall cladding adds visual interest while the pale wood keep the decoration looking light and fresh.

Designer Jane Gowers discovered her London terrace house by chance, but its restoration and decoration have been the result of good judgement and a sympathetic approach.

Taken from the January 2013 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming.

WALLS Walls and woodwork in ‘Shoreditch’, £42 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Mylands. Late-nineteenth-century watercolour in gold frame, £185, from A G Horne Antiques. Curtain in ‘Quilt’ (pug), by Kathryn Ireland, linen, £318 a metre, from Tissus d’Hélène. FURNITURE ‘Paris’ Vitrite bath, £7,020, from The Water Monopoly. ACCESSORIES Oak school towel rail, £375; late-nineteenth-century metal housekeeper’s tidy, £120; both from A G Horne Antiques. ‘Flax Line’ cotton bath towel, by Morihata, £69, from The Conran Shop.

Pink walls the colour of setting plaster, contrast with deep pink curtains in the bathroom of Henrietta Courtauld of The Land Gardeners’. Her London house, redesigned by architect Maria Speake of Retrouvius, features reclaimed marble running up to dado height, and finished with a band of antique bevelled mirror for a touch of sparkle. The clawfoot bath, positioned next to the window is a deep aubergine purple.

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Wallpaper from Brunschwig & Fils lines the powder room near the entrance of this house, giving it a jewelry box-like effect.

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‘Pineapple’ wallpaper by Adelphi brightens up the cloakroom of a Victorian country house in Shropshire, while a glamorous chandelier completes the bold look. The sink curtain adds a country-style element to the pretty scheme.

This seventeenth-century chalet in the Swiss Alps has been imaginatively modernised by its architect owner Jonathan Tuckey. A free-standing tub from Aston Matthews with matt-black taps from Dornbracht, has been coupled with pale pink tongue-and-groove panelling, imbuing the room with comfort and character.

This is one of two main bathrooms in a Somerset country house, and it features a free-standing bath and basin by Jamie Hayon for Bisazza. The room’s neutral colour scheme and abundant natural light makes for a bright, airy space.

On the second floor of a west London house transformed by designer and architect Rabih Hage, the owners’ bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. It is clad in Black Wood marble with a contrasting bespoke Bleu de Savoie marble vanity designed by Rabih.

Textiles dealer Susan Deliss lives in a beautiful eighteenth-century country house deep in the heart of Burgundy. Her bathroom is painted a pretty pale blue. This soothing colour works well in a bathroom – the antique tiles and oriental rug add warmth.

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Keep things ultra sleek and modern with a frameless glass walk in shower. Turquoise tiles add a touch of colour and draw the eye to the statement sinks.

At the beautifully restored Nyetimber Estate, the attic bedroom sits opposite this small white bathroom with exposed beams. The wooden panelling is painted a dark grey and light streams in through the leadlight windows. The effect is luxurious yet understated – everything you could want from a bathroom.

We love the idea of rolling out of bed and getting straight into this beautiful freestanding roll top bath, and that’s exactly what this bathroom space in a country style bedroom designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors offers.

The walls of this en-suite bathroom in Domaine de la Baume have been painted a vivid red, which looks bright and cheery thanks to the sunlight streaming through. A white double sink and rustic light in the corner completes the stand-out look of this room.

Vintage industrial tiles, imported from the US, line the children’s shower room in restaurant owner Keith McNally’s Notting Hill home.

This glamorous monochrome bathroom designed by Suzy Hoodless has been tiled with ‘Lantern’ tiles from Popham Design.

White tiles, a wood-clad round bathtub and THAT view. Is there anything not to love about this bathroom?

This bathroom in architect Johnny Holland’s Richmond mansion flat is simple yet luxurious. The Carrara-marble-clad bathroom has contrasting brass fixtures from Barber Wilsons while the walls have been painted a deep blue-black. This colour is unusual for a bathroom but it reflects the natural light beautifully, proving that sometimes the unlikely choice is the right one!

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This green panelled bathroom with a rug makes for a cosy space with a country feel. Two inset windows allow light into the room, while white details contrast with the colourful walls. See our green paint ideas for more inspiration of this kind.

Exposed brass pipes are highlighted by the black tiles in the bathroom of Pumphouse Point hotel.

Wall cladding is a great choice for a bathroom and compliments the unusual street lamp style lights and shutter blinds. Marcus Peel for

White walls and warm metal accents make for a modern, minimalist space in this Edwardian villa designed by William Smalley. A recessed mirrored cabinet designed by William is a clever idea for unobtrusive storage.

A small bathroom has been papered with ‘Botanical Tulips’ a wallpaper by Twigs, available from Simon Playle. This is paired with bamboo furniture.

This owners of this eighteenth-century country house in Dorset enjoy the luxury of their own bathtubs, vanities and mirrors. The vanities are in fact Regency chests of drawers that have been updated with basins and marble tops – ask a local carpenter if you are keen to recreate the look.

A butler sink is an unusual choice for a bathroom, but it works beautifully with the wooden surround here. The brass taps are original to the house at Carskiey in Scotland. For similar, try Catchpole & Rye’s ‘English Basin Pillar Tap’ in aged brass (from £300 a tap).

Particularly popular in Morocco, tadelakt is a plaster surface often used in bathrooms due to its water-resistant nature.

Replace tiles with some rustic wood panelling for a cosy country vibe. A traditional, high-backed free-standing tub and a rough-cut wooden display shelf keeps it pared down but uber chic.

Situated between Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains, this elegant house, with its airy rooms, is decorated in a combination of English country-house style and traditional Moroccan elements. A bright red mirror brightens the bathroom and offers a focal point among the more natural shades.

Interior designer Sophie Ashby was tasked with creating a modern, relaxed family scheme in this large Chelsea flat. By combining a considered approach with individual touches, the interior designer created a glamorous yet relaxed space. The main bathroom features built-in sinks and a mirror wall. Clean lines and a monochrome palette make for a modern look.

When designer Robert Moore and his partner moved from a lateral flat to a four-storey Georgian house they rose to the challenge.

Dark, heavily veined wood is the theme at the Estancia Vik hotel in Uruguay. The smooth finish of the panelling and sculptural design of the bath keep the look sleek. Based in Devon, William Garvey is a good source for modern wooden baths.

The wooden bath panels have an inlaid image, which matches the eccentric style of this country cottage. Wooden flooring and patterened walls complement the country feel. Known for their irreverent take on English country-house style, American duo Jason Oliver Nixon and John Loecke created the home and filled with outlandish pattern and colour.

The owners of this Victorian terraced house in London turned their bedroom into a luxurious en-suite while renovating the house. They wanted the space to have warmth and colour, hence the bold choice of the coloured terracotta floor tiles in a mix of pink, soft grey, white, khaki and petrol blue. The statement bath from Drummonds was painted in a bespoke salmon pink to match the floor and teamed with classic brassware in un-lacquered solid brass. The wall on the right cleverly conceals a WC and a shower. ‘Spey’ freestanding bath, £4,980; classic bath and shower mixer in brass finish with walnut lever handles, £1,578; bath rack in brass, from £564; classic pop-up basin mixers in brass finish with walnut lever hands, £1,290 all from Drummonds.

This large and enviable ensuite bathroom shares the blue palette with the master bedroom it adjoins. Veere Grenney designed this Norfolk country home with both the traditional and modern tastes of the owners in mind. This bathroom, with its white wood panelling and Victorial stye fittings adds a little a country aesthetic to the modern feel of the home.

Monochrome is brought to life with contrasting caustic wall and floor tiles as seen in the hip boutique hotel The Boundary in London’s East End.

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In the designer Hugh Leslie’s London flat, Artemide ‘Dioscuri’ lights float on the surface of the mirror like bubbles in a bath. The motif is echoed in the handles of the teal cabinets, which were designed by Hugh for the space.

Colour is used to unify this West London home by interior designer Ebba Thott, with a soft, natural palette of taupe, aqua, stone and earth. Pattern is also a consistent theme. In the downstairs cloakroom is a collage of handmade ‘Blueware’ tiles by Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren at Glithero, made by pressing weeds from London pavements between glass plates to develop photograms in an intense Prussian blue.

Salvaged wooden doors or screens can be a good alternative to the standard glass shower screen or curtain. Here, a pair of Chinese screens act as shower doors. Glass has been placed behind them to protect them from the water. Try Lassco for salvaged doors.

Taken from the June 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Emily Tobin.

This art-deco inspired bathroom has more than a hint of old-school glamour with its monochrome colour palette.

Formerly owned by the artist Howard Hodgkin, who had his studio in the attic, this Victorian house in west London has a bohemian history, which the current artist owner has carefully maintained, while introducing the comforts of a family home. The bath has been built into a nook of the bathroom, which not only saves space but complements the rooms vibrant simple design.

Lady Wakefield’s bedroom leads through to an elegant en suite bathroom. The pale blue walls imbue the room with a soft light. The curtain pelmets in the shape of elegant gothic arches.

Opt for intricately patterned window film and ornate details, like a glamorous chandelier and stylish side table and choose one neutral colour scheme.

Taken from the October 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.

Designer Hugh Leslie has installed a playful bubble-like mosaic by Mesguich Mosaik in this London bathroom.

A free-standing tub from C P Hart blends in with this bathroom’s grey colour palette, while a comfortable armchair makes the space cosy rather than clinical. Richard and Antony Joseph, the creative geniuses behind innovative kitchenware company Joseph Joseph, have struck the perfect balance between work and family in their Wandsworth homes.

Considering shutters for your bathroom? Why not choose a bold hue like coral? When combined with bright yellows and blues, it creates a sunny scheme that can’t fail to bring cheer to your morning routine.

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Make the bath a decorative focal point in your bathroom by customising it with a stylised design and hanging a mirror above.

Decorator Caroline Holdaway has used tongue and groove panelling reclaimed from a demolished village hall and washbasins from Aston Matthews, in the country home of Paul Lyon Maris and Robin Muir.

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The free standing cream clawfoot bathtub, white walls and natural wooden floorboards ensure that this space is simple and unfussy in its design.

The bathroom in a compact Mayfair flat has traditional fittings from Original Bathrooms and marble cladding to reflect the flat’s Edwardian origins.

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This light filled room feels as if it’s outdoors thanks to the use of natural textures like wood and bamboo and the soft shapes of the fittings. We love the wide surround to the bath – providing a relaxing place to sit as well as bathe.

Soane co-founder Lulu Lytle has used the company’s pretty ‘Seaweed Lace’ print in the bathroom in her own home, with the leaf green colourway giving the room a fresh and bright look.

Bright candy colours and a traditional looking shower canopy make for a rather eccentric but uniquely stylish scheme.

Grey is a popular colour for a living room or bedroom but its calm, cool effect (demonstrated here at the Riad Tarabel in Morocco) works equally as well in a bathroom.

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The main bathroom is papered with a discontinued Colefax and Fowler design, ‘Rameau Fleurie’.

The colour palette used throughout Caroline O’Donnell’s London flat is pared back, but with a few well-placed hits of bold colour – the most dramatic of which are the wet-room tiles. ‘I loved the idea of Caroline waking up to this rich blue, which is offset perfectly by the glamourous gold fixtures and fittings,’ explains designer Harriet Anstruther. The electric blue Bisazza tiles make a stand-out ensuite.

Taken from the August 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Emily Tobin and Hatta Byng

Whether for an outside shower or an inside bathroom, the combination of dark wood and natural stone always works.

Natural textures like brick, wood and marble are combined with modern materials and shapes; creating a contrast that, rather like mixing vintage and contemporary furniture, really works.

‘It is an industrial building, so I wanted to keep an industrial feel, but make it cosy,’ said owner Clare. The bath ‘looks as if it’s been made by shipbuilders: it’s like a submarine that you submerge yourself in’.

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The stunning shower mosaic in this bathroom was created by Ann Hughes at Pierre Mesguich Mosaik to the owners’ specification. The mother-of-pearl-inlaid mirror is from Iznik Classics.

The main bathroom of Bowood House features a chintz-covered free-standing bathtub and several pieces of antique furniture, including a Georgian writing table and a chair featuring the Prince of Wales’ feathers, which belonged to Fiona’s mother; Fiona chose a large-scale lilac chintz from Colefax & Fowler, which has since been discontinued

A Victorian-style bath and basin (these are from Bathstore) make the perfect pair for ceramic tiles. “In the 1850s, these tiles would have been diagonal inserts, but it was cheaper to lay them square,” says architect Helena Rivera of her house in Brixton.

Designer Martin Brudnizki’s compact west London flat perfectly demonstrates the cleverly layered look of which he is a master. Best known for his work designing hotels such as Soho Beach House in Miami and The Beekman in New York, Martin Brudnizki’s forte is creating ‘homes from home’, he wants his work to be grand and glamorous, but there is also a sense of intimacy and comfort. The bathroom, covered with small marble metro tiles, is the epitome of understated glamour, with brass accessories and industrial-style light fittings.

The family bathroom of restaurant owner Keith McNally’s Notting Hill home is lined with tongue-and-groove panelling. The delicately tinted areas of the map are subtly echoed by the pastel colour scheme in the main bedroom. Map specialist Jonathan Potter is a treasure trove for antique maps, charts and atlases. A similar example recording the eight routes of the European crusades, measures 48 x 40cm and costs £380.

Formerly a rabbit warren of small, dark rooms, this Victorian house in west London has been opened up, flooded with light and filled with the owners collection of art and furniture, to create a balance between its original character and modern style.

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Taken from the November 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.

The master bathroom is the pièce de résistance in this grand London house designed by Maddux Creative. Inspired by Le Meurice hotel in Paris, it is a lavish marriage of unlacquered brass and Arabescato marble, with his and hers bowl basins and cut-glass hanging lights.

Combine dark, Mahogany-effect wood with neutral tiles for a grown-up, masculine scheme. Built in storage keeps the look uniform and things tidy.

The family bathroom continues the triumph of aesthetics over modern-day convenience. All pipework, as throughout the house, is copper: even the shower rail was dechromed. A Bathstore loo that cost just £99 is cleverly disguised – Patrick took the push button apart and connected the cable to a brass bell pull that flushes the loo.

FURNITURE Antique stone basin, for similar, honed Birr Black limestone basin, from £2,995 for similar size, from Lapicida. Ladder-back chair, for similar, painted ash and rush ‘Champagne Chair’ (yellow), 99 x 71 x 73cm, £695, from I & J L Brown.

Pink rules in this first-floor bathroom in the London home of interior designer Louise Jones; its cast-iron bath and basin were found on the antiques and salvage online directory Salvoweb. ‘Blue Flower’ tiles from Fired Earth surround the bath and pick up the colour notes on the blind and pendant light from Handicraft Haveli. The large gilded mirror is from Guinevere Antiques.

This cream bathroom has country-style units and matching panelling encasing the bath. A large mirror makes the most of the light coming through the large window, creating an ultra bright space.

When in Rome… make like the Italians and steal their exquisite bathroom tiling ideas. We think this one from the city’s famed Hotel de Russie is just the ticket.

This bathroom is within a Medieval manor house on the Nyetimber Estate. The vanity top was handcarved by Belgian designer Joris Van Apers from a block of Belgian blue stone. The rest of the room has been kept very simple and functional – wooden shutters fold over diamond glazed windows.

Curtains, ‘Seaweed Lace’ (leaf green lawn), linen, £196 per metre; Wallpaper, ‘Seaweed Lace’ (leaf green), £430 per roll; Chair, ‘Venus’, from £5,100; Wall light, ‘Cygnet’, from £1,025, all at Soane.

Although the small bathroom in this Paris flat designed by Tara Craig is compact, it is also elegant and feels spacious. The classical overtones provided by Catchpole & Rye fittings sit well with the rest of the home and feel appropriate for a building of this period. Metro-style tiles give it a crisp finish, while patterned flooring adds interest to the white room.

Rather than the more common use of mosaic tiles in a shower or on a feature wall, this bathroom sees them used on the floor and continued halfway up the wall. The design touch has a utilitarian feel that fits perfectly with the gorgeous industrial style windows and grey free-standing bath.

The bathroom in the home of artist Sarah Graham is furnished with an Italian vellum screen from Rose Uniacke, a side table from James Graham-Stewart and a rug from Shahbaz Afridi.

Interior designer Caroline Harrowby has used a simple colour palette and beautiful furnishings to create an elegantly proportioned bathroom in this Georgian town house. Using floor-length floral curtains adds a pop of colour to the room, while the large mirror creates the illusion of space. Both stand out against the all-white scheme, which also features a ‘Roman’ bath from The Bathworks. (See our home hacks using mirrors for more ideas.)

Interior designer Gytha Nuttall has adapted the structure of an office space in a former schoolhouse in south London to create a flat within a flat as a home for her family.

The layout of this bathroom works perfectly with the shape of the room. Placing the bath centrally in front of the window and under the highest point of the eaves creates an elegant, symmetrical aesthetic.

Rather than opting for white bathroom walls, stronger neutrals like this putty colour used by Ilse Crawford in Stockholm’s Ett Hem Hotel, offer a kind of modern glamour when combined with gold and glass, that is undeniably warm and inviting.

In the en suite bathroom of Kelly Hoppen’s London house, a one-off light by Niamh Barry hangs above the bath, which is the ‘Harmony’, a design from Kelly’s collaboration with Apaiser. The looped light and curved bath complement each other.

In Rocca delle Tre Contrade, the 12-room Sicilian holiday house of Jon Moslet, most rooms in the home lead outside, and the bathroom is no exception.

This bathroom in a Hampshire house, which in parts dates back six centuries, is decorated in a fresh white scheme, with the wood-panelled bath installed in the centre of the room. The owners have gently modernised the house, simplifying the layout, and adding personality through decoration and giving it an established feel.

Brushed pine (laid horizontally as is traditional, but ‘brushed’ for a textural, more modern look) and slate set the tone in the bathroom of interior designer Tino Zervudachi’s Gstaad chalet that’s designed for deep comfort and relaxed partying. The bathroom can be accessed from the hall through a neatly designed cloakroom, as well as from the bedroom, and is the essence of chic – the beautiful curve of the wood-clad, free-standing bath set off by the straight lines of the room and the black slate floor and surfaces. ‘I wanted to be able to lie in my bath and look out at the landscape,’ Tino says. The first time he had a bath here, he spotted a deer running across the mountainside.

For a streamlined, uncluttered look, it’s best to go built-in. Interior designer Philippa Thorp hasn’t wasted an inch of space in this Chelsea bathroom, incorporating cupboards under the basins and ceiling-height mirror-fronted cupboards above built into the wall cavity for a flush finish.

Taken from the March 2012 issue of House & Garden. Styling: Gabby Deeming.

In Faringdon House, the Oxfordshire home of writer Sofka Zinovieff, this en suite bathroom was added in the Fifties, it has a flamboyant pink tub and Rousseau-inspired murals by Roy Hobdell.

This restored Georgian house in Somerset was an irresistible challenge for its owners, who put together a team including architect Ptolemy Dean for the painstaking restoration.

It’s easy to mix prints and colour in a black and white bathroom, but it’s best to choose one hue and keep the tone uniform. Here bronze and wicker pieces add warmth to the monochrome scheme.

All it takes is a few statement accessories to make a room really sing. Here, the vintage scale, first aid cabinet and statement chandelier all add subtle glamour to the black and white scheme.

‘This is the place where I recharge and reboot,’ says fashion director and street-style star Pernille Teisbæk of her Copenhagen flat. She is sitting in her Copenhagen flat, located in the Frederiksberg district. ‘Everyone who visits us says it’s so calm here. Whenever I’ve been away and staying in a bunch of hotel rooms, it’s always amazing to come back here for the space, light and energy. I feel very free here.’ The minimalist home shows how Pernille’s taste goes beyond her wardrobe, with a style that’s natural, instinctive and playful, mixing vintage pieces with new finds to create a signature look that is all her own. The white bathroom has subway tiles and wooden furnishings, which add a natural feel to the space.

Taken from the May 2011 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Judith Wilson.

A ‘scarlet’ tortoiseshell triptych mirror hangs on sultry aubergine-lacquered walls of this gues bathroom. ‘We did it the proper way, with 10 coats,’ says designer Adam Bray. The richness and depth of this finish complement Barber & Wilson taps and a decorative door handle from Collier Webb. All this, as well as the beautiful lighting and the floors and trim in Calacatta marble, make this tiny space a dream of luxury.

For a grand, country bathroom feel, combine traditional fixtures and furnishings (decorative chairs, pictures and wall lights) with a warm colour palette – note the dark green and white floor as opposed to conventional black.

A built-in shelf is perfect for keeping bathroom knick-knacks to hand and creating a pretty display at the same time. The use of colour and galvanised metal furniture in this bathroom keeps it spring garden fresh.

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If you have the space, opting for free-standing storage allows you to use furniture not specifically designed for the bathroom. Here, Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay has chosen a glass-fronted wooden cabinet, which, teamed with an antique rug, creates an unstructured aesthetic.

Create an oasis of calm in your bathroom by painting the walls in the softest rose pink. Have all your favourite lotions and potions to hand on a simple chrome table, decanted into elegant glass and ceramic bottles. A selection of towels will create an indulgent feel. Lastly, scent your space with a gorgeous diffuser.

The main bathroom at Slackwood Farm has a walnut shower pod and beautiful grey stone units.

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Taken from the June 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Teresa Levonian Cole and Emily Tobin.

‘Henley’ low level WC in black, £885 and ‘Henley’ washbasin and pedestal in Black, £773 at C.P. Hart

Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay, the owner of this Victorian country house in Shropshire, has enhanced the interiors of this grand property with her signature mid-century aesthetic without compromising original features.

Taken from the February 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text by Lisa Freedman.

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The Nicholsons’ Georgian house in Wiltshire filled with flowers, art and antiques

Taken from the House & Garden May 2015 supplement, Hotels by Design.

‘I wanted the interior to look massive but simple at the same time,’ architect William Smalley explains. ‘Almost as if it had been carved out of a single space.’ The furnishings chosen by Kim Wilkie perfectly complement William’s design. The clean lines of Kim’s flat are seen here in the bathroom, which has taps from Vola and a matching bath and basin from Holloways of Ludlow.

The main bathroom in this country home belonging to Emma Burns illustrates her role as one of the leading interior design directors at Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler; the room is papered with a Colefax and Fowler discontinued design, ‘Rameau Fleurie’ (see how to protect bathroom wallpaper from humidity here). Other design ideas to steal include the decorative mirror and framed artwork – an unusual touch for a bathroom; while the pretty bottles of decanted toiletries are another inspired touch.

For a fresh and modern look, keep everything white and add graphic prints in crunchy apple green. We used a ‘Teardrop’ stencil, £49.95 from The Stencil Library painted with ‘Tropical Leaf’ matte emulsion, £16.25 for 1L from Sanderson.

Nothing is allowed to jar with the warm, woody atmosphere in this bamboo house – even the bathrooms have vintage copper bathtubs with black and weathered-bronze taps. ‘We didn’t want that white porcelain glare,’ says Veere. A vintage copper free-standing tub from The Water Monopoly sits in this bathroom.

In the bathroom of Roald Dahl’s home, Gipsy House, grey walls are adorned with candle sconces. A traditional heated towel rail holds fluffy towels aloft.

There are houses that repel with gates and buzzers, and then there are houses that open their arms in welcome. Combining classical proportions and traditional furnishings with the informal elements of family life, this house in Cornwall has proved to be the perfect acquisition for its owners. Set in one of the lushest and loveliest parts of Cornwall, overlooking an estuary and close to the sea, this house is a welcomer. One of the guest bathrooms is occupied by a freestanding bath.

Although the original features may have been painted white they are by no means less impactful, but it’s the unexpected statement artwork that adds extra style points in this bathroom.

Since moving into her husband’s Wiltshire farmhouse, designer Sarah Vanrenen has enhanced its quirky charm, with an adjusted layout and unexpected colours. The blue and white floral wallpaper is Penny Morrison’s ‘Flower Berry’, the palette of which is reflected in the velvet-covered chair from Julian Chichester.

Create a wall of mirrors – don’t be afraid to mix different shapes, styles and sizes. The more the merrier… For an extra luxe finish, paint the wall in a stylish shade and drape a luxurious fabric (or a Chinese-style bathrobe) as an accent.

Jesmonite mirror: ‘Coral’, by Eddy & Grice, £480, at The New Craftsmen.

Bathrooms don’t get much more glamorous than this. Why do we love it so much? The free-standing tub is beautifully framed with symmetrical his and hers sinks; and who needs bath caddies and a mat when you can have an art deco style side table and feature rug? Heaven.

A bathroom dedicated to the kids at Vanessa Macdonald’s elegant Georgian home in Oxfordshire has a neutral colour pallette, with a panelled bathtub and wooden floors. The vintage Babar poster adds a playful pop of colour.

Once the main construction work was done, the finish was painstakingly worked on over six months. Everything from walls and flooring to cupboards was painted on site to ensure a coherent look. The bone-coloured chalk paint on the walls was remixed in each room to appear uniform taking into account the varying light. Storage was an integral part of the vision. Nearly every room has wall-to-wall cupboards for stashing things out of sight. Everything has a place, with televisions and even mirrors – which Francesca finds distracting – hidden.

A flat that’s a feast of pattern features wallpaper from de Gournay throughout, adding interest and whimsy to the small space. Owner Hannah Cecil Gurney loves that ‘there’s always something new to look at, always new things to find’. The glass shower cubicle in the bathroom allows the de Gournay ‘Fishes’ wallpaper – which features shimmering, hand-painted ‘lucky fish’ – to become a witty focal point of the room.

Taken from the May 2012 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Lisa Freedman.

In the bathroom of this spacious Victorian house in west London Bronze jali screens – a decorative device used in India to filter light into enchanting patterns – were made by a friend of the owner. They partially enclose the bath in the ensuite bathroom. ‘I didn’t want real Mughal screens, so these are an interpretation,’ explains the owner.

With a characteristic respect for the fabric of this eighteenth-century house in Bath, designer Patrick Williams has carefully transformed it into a welcoming home and B&B.

Apaiser’s ‘Haven’ bath is an en-suite to the main bedroom of this modern barn conversion. From the bath, there is a wonderful view of a reflection pool in the garden. This is a place for peace and tranquility. The neutral paint used is Little Greene’s ‘French Grey Pale’.

There’s something to be said for the pared-back simplicity of white brick instead of its trendy, exposed version. An eye-catching shower curtain and chic chair used as a table add the finishing touches.

Making sure the bathroom walls were painted the perfect shade of white was of utmost importance to the owners of this Cotswolds house. In the end, they opted for ‘Not Totally White’ from Papers and Paints. With the help of architect Guy Stansfeld and the top garden designer Justin Spink, the owners were able to renovate the run-down former rectory and create a modern weekend retreat.

Sleek marbled patterning make for a crisp bathroom with a dark colour palette in the guest bathroom of a London home deisgned by Freddy van Zevenbergen. The house maintains the feel of a luxury private club through seamless design features such as sliding doors.

Schooled in matters of taste by her mother, when Emma Burns inherited the former stables that her parents had progressively converted as a weekend retreat, she put into practice the principles that now guide her professional work as a designer.

The bathroom in Lauren Gurvich King’s Belgravia house has floor-to-ceiling cabinets with a decorative fretwork design backed with pale linen and a deep bath. The neutral palette creates a sense of calm, and allows the two reproduction Chinese urns, which are used as vases, to stand out. Lauren bought the glass étagère to the left of the bath from Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam in south-west London.

Modern fittings are combined with dark grey mosaic tiles and pops of lime green for a cool, contemporary space. Simple glass screens divide the room and double sinks ensure it’s a practical space for two on those manic mornings.

This seductive bathroom by Hackett Holland with its mid-mid-century Murano chandelier oozes under-stated luxury.

Around the corner from the bathtub in a compact west London flat designed by Nicholas Spencer & Sophie von Wedekind, a pair of mirrors creates symmetry above the basin. The black mirror frames and brass fittings add decorative touches to the light-filled space.

A simple muted colour palette, along with a selection of natural materials and finishes, was chosen to ensure a meditative flow. Fabrics, which Francesca did not want to look too ‘precious’, all come from Belgian interior design company Huyghe Decoratie. Moreover, shop owner and designer Catherine Huyghe helped with many of the choices they had to make about finishes.

WALLS Paint, ‘Deep Celadon Green’, £38.40 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, from Papers and Paints. Curtains, ‘Mist’ (07), by De Ploeg, Trevira, £39 a metre, from Studiotex. Acrylic and oil paintings, from left: Maizena and Vermicelli, 40 x 30cm, €895 each, by Annemarie Vink. Brass tap and mixer, for similar, ‘LOF04’ (aged brass), £730.80, from The Watermark Collection.

The vintage bath in Guy Tobin’s London house was reclaimed from Chelsea Manor Studios, where the cover for The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was shot. Farrow & Ball’s fiery orange ‘Charlotte’s Locks’ adds a new dimension to the bath, with a a 2.5-litre tin of estate eggshell costing £60.

Wallpapering the bathroom is a challenge much admired, and this teal blue knotted design is a winner against the white background.

Designer Pamela Shamshiri’s bathroom, as seen in The Perfect Bath by Barbara Sallick (Rizzoli, £35), works to a sandy palette, with a wooden bath and floorboards. Try Wooden Baths in Scotland for a similar design in ash, pine and iroko.

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In the main bathroom of designer Robert Moore’s London home, the walls are painted in a deep blue, ‘Basalt’ by Little Greene. The applied mouldings form a framework for the French empire wall sconces and a Fifties French mirror.

At Holker Hall in Cumbria, a single-ended roll-top bath is placed against the wall, allowing the bather to lie back and enjoy a wall hung with pretty botanical pictures (see how to hang pictures). Tiles behind the bath are aesthetically pleasing and go some way to protect the wall from water damage.

Sugary pastels were huge on the catwalk this spring and now the trend has moved to interiors. This pretty, belle epoque pink suits the period features of the room and the sherbert yellow free-standing bath gives the scheme a fresh lift – ensuring the feel is feminine but not too sickly sweet.

In the main bathroom of this refurbished disused chapel in Somerset, black and white floor tiles are contrasted with a bird print fabric curtain that covers the gothic-style pointed window. Originaly, these windows were in danger of being lost during the restoration of the home. It was only when enlightened local planning official, councillor Martin Lee suggested owners Laura Stoddart and Jonathan Delafield Cook build a second storey, rather than keep a tried and ill thought out lean-to that the couple embraced the design of the chapel and repeated this window style in the other rooms.

‘I feel the same way about bathrooms as I do bedrooms,’ says designer William Yeoward of this one in his guest cottage. ‘I use pictures, ceramics, or whatever it takes to make the room feel loved and hospitable. In this bathroom, I have used Designers Guild wallpaper and surrounded the bath with stoneware “cidre” bottles from Normandy. They date from around 1860; I love their colour.’

Bold herringbone ‘Cristalli’ tiles from Made a Mano cover the walls and floor of this wetroom by Faye Toogood. The shower, sink and bath are from Drummonds.

Playing on the lack of natural light in the bathroom, Rita had the bath area covered in horizontal and vertical boards, painted in a high-gloss ‘Deep Brunswick Green’ from Papers and Paints.

This Vert Antique-marble-clad bathroom with frosted glass doors in a west London house was made with its original features in mind and calm as the watchword. Having looked through the pages of House & Garden in search of suitable interior designers, the owners found that they admired the work of Gavin Houghton and invited him to provide ideas.

Taken from the April 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Caroline Clifton-Mogg. Locations editor: Liz Elliot.

The interior of this fun, colourful home is a highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. ‘The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,’ says designer Beata. ‘I was told by the wife that her childhood dream was to have a house with a series of rooms each with its own distinct personality – Chinese, Japanese, American and so on. That would have been too much, but I did want to give the house variation and changes of mood.’

Owner Wendy enlarged and recoloured a fragment of Persian-inspired fabric by David Hicks to create the wallpaper in her bathroom. The overall blue-and-white scheme is elegant and timeless.

Glazed-ceramic tiles: ‘Henley’ (beetle black), 12.6cm square, £2.53 each, at Balineum.

This Victorian house in east London was a typical Eighties conversion, redesigned by Adam Bray to be comfortable and relaxing. The Twenties triptych mirror is gilt metal by Brot, Paris. Moroccan bathroom floor tiles from Habibi Interiors are deliberately mismatched for a patchwork effect.

Who says you can’t hang art in the bathroom? Artist and designer Cressida Bell’s inspiration can be seen at Charleston, the Sussex retreat of her grandmother – even in the bathroom – which features cupboards decorated by Angelica Bell.

A bath from Duravit and a slate-topped stand with twin basins furnish the main bedroom’s en-suite bathroom at this award-winning newbuild in Suffolk, decorated by interior designer Virginia White, the sister of Lucy Turvill, who owns the property. The portrait is of Lucy by another sister, Philippa Kunisch.

Warm olive and golden tones are conveyed in the stone-floored bathroom of a scheme from the July 2017 issue of House & Garden, where paisley curtains separate a freestanding bath from the rest of the room.

There’s nothing better than natural light in your bathroom to wake you up in the morning, but if you don’t have the luxury of living in the wilderness, then consider using film rather than blinds on windows; keep the colour scheme bright white to reflect the light.

A smaller bath, built in and panelled with marble, is an elegant option when space is limited. At this house in Chelsea, French interior designer Eve Mercier used wrap-around Carrara marble in large-format slabs ‘to visually enhance the sense of space and avoid a “bitty” look’. Natural light is afforded by a frosted, circular ‘peekaboo’ window between the bathroom and adjacent bedroom.

The easiest way to make a stylish statement in your bathroom is with a coloured bathtub (this one is painted in Atomic Red 190 Intelligent Matt Emulstion, £39.50 per 2.5L at Little Greene). Wow-factor wallpaper is an inspired touch, but an accent in a matching colour (we like flowers) is a must.

If you want your bathroom to be a sanctuary all year round, then consider how you dress your windows. Shutters can provide privacy while letting in light and fresh air in the summer. In the winter, you can shut them and draw the curtains, providing a warm, cosy room in which to soak in the tub on a chilly evening.

The owners of this English square garden house employed a skilled team to restore and complement its original features, and create a home with a feeling of permanence after a lifetime of moving. The house is a tall, mid-nineteenth-century white stucco building that they wanted to work well for twenty-first-century family life. ‘We were determined to avoid beige “banker chic”,’ the owner explains.

Celebrated interior decorator Nicky Haslam’s west-London apartment acts as an elegantly playful showcase for his masterful use of scale and dramatic details, and his signature mix of the fake and the fabulous. A plaque from Anthony Redmile, depicting a Greek scene, hangs in the bathroom, along with moulded wall and celing lights. The commode-style toilet is another example of his eccentric sense of style.

Event designer David Stark and his artist husband Migguel Anggelo have reconfigured their Brooklyn apartment to create calm and flowing spaces brought alive by theatrical objects and unexpected finishes. The bathroom has a marble basin with a vintage aluminium sink salvaged from a ship.

Two mirrors by William Emmerson from Ralph Pucci hang above the double sinks in this monochrome bathroom from a Shalini-Misra-designed London house.

In this converted Cotswolds barn, designer Pippa Paton has combined modern design with natural materials to create a minimalist haven that maintains its rural identity. A restored stable door contrasts with William Holland’s burnished copper bathtub and basin. Multiple switches control the discreet spotlights for different moods.

Taken from the April 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Hatta Byng.

‘Milk White’ sideboard, £2,490; ‘Declan’ vases, from £150, all from Ile Saint Louis Collection at Ralph Lauren Home.

Inspired by fabrics with floral motifs House & Garden decoration editors Gabby Deeming and Ruth Sleightholme created this pretty yet sophisticated bathroom. Farrow & Ball’s ‘James White’ looks almost blue next to Soane’s elegant maroon ‘Paw Print’ cloth, which is battened to the walls of the nook behind the Nineteenth-Century ebonized wood cabinet from Original House. The shelves are filled with cardboard bobbin reels – £8 each from Puckhaber Decorative Antiques.

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The main bathroom adjoins the master bedroom in Vanessa Macdonald’s Oxfordshire home. A freestanding bath and hardwood floors make the bathroom unique and elegant as a room in its own right.

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Even if you have ample shelving, implement a variety of containers in your bathroom to neatly store everything away. These rattan storage boxes come in a plethora of sizes and work well with a variety of bathroom schemes.

This country bathroom is big enough to take a large-scale floral wallpaper: ‘Madras Violet’, a nineteenth-century design by Cole & Son.

One of the opulent bathrooms from the Four Seasons Lion Palace in St Petersburg, this decadent marble space features a hand-painted mural.

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Relocating to Oxford after 15 years in Japan and Hong Kong, the owners of this Victorian house put together a team of experts to create a mostly open-plan layout full of intriguing design details to capture the imagination. Dark tiles line the built-in shower, which shows how darker colours can work in a confined space.

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Steel container: ‘Edison’ (bronze finish), £42, at Balineum.

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Taken from the February 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot and Emily Tobin.

WALLS Wall in ‘Petit Parc’ (rose), cotton/linen, £247.20 a metre, from Pierre Frey. Similar metal wall light, £324, from W Sitch; with raffia lampshades, by Audoux-Minet, ¤300 each, from Atelier Vime. FURNITURE Similar copper bath, from £8,050, from The Water Monopoly. Side table, as before. ACCESSORIES Antique brass bath bridge with copper soap trays, from £950, from The Water Monopoly. ‘Ambre’ bath and shower gel, by Côté Bastide, £24, from Cologne & Cotton. Oak and tampico-fibre nail brush, £9.75, from Balineum. Soap, as before. Forties metal candlestick, £490, from Quindry.

Near the site of a Sussex country house demolished in 1911, Richard Taylor and Rick Englert have built a Jacobean-style manor at Whithurst Park. The result is certainly striking and bears some of the signatures of the prodigy houses built in the era, such as Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. This heavenly bath is given a sense of drama by being inset into stone steps leading up to a window. Light streams in through the tall, elegant window to create a serene atomsphere.

The bathoom of this Great Ormond Street flat decorated by Ben Pentreath has a Victorian elegance. The traditional fittings are paired with a pale carrara marble bath surround. The shower curtain is made from a crisp white waffle fabric.

Taken from the December 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Jennifer Goulding.

Knowing that Edwins Bathrooms could provide everything they wanted, the owners of this house in France sourced all their bathroom fittings from the company in Notting Hill, and shipped them out. Pictured above is the ‘Ove’ double vanity basin by Kohler, £523, on a polished – chrome washstand, £481. Vibrant green zellige tiles by Emery & Cie enliven walls.

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Modern accents feature in the bathroom of this two-bedroom flat in London, which was redesigned and reconfigured by Beth Dadswell of Imperfect Interiors. A self-confessed fan of mid-century design, we discovered Imperfect Interiors via The List – House & Garden’s new online directory (sign up to The List). Here, Beth chose off-white subway tiles with dark grey grouting to work with the grey geometric floor tiles and Crittal windows.

This bathrooom in London’s Chiltern Firehouse hotel is beautifully luxurious. The marble flooring is similar to the ‘Tempesto’ at Lapicida and the roll top bath is very like Catchpole & Rye’s ‘Le Bain De Bateaux’. Even in a bathroom with plenty of natural light, good lighting is vital. To discover an expert’s golden rules for effective bathroom illumination, click here.

A simple white bathroom in Christine Van Der Hurd’s London house is livened up with a colourful rug.

Despite its centuries-old looks, including an ogival door between the main bedroom and adjoining bathroom, this Cotswolds house is only twenty years old. It is the result of imagination, dedication and attention to detail on the part of the owners and architect Robert Hardwick.

This Victorian flat was designed by duo Lambert & Thurnherr who brought their natural urbanity and international flavor to the space, creating a home that is both comfortable and individual.

A minimal pendant lights hang from the ceiling of the bathroom in this small, modern one room flat belonging to Edo Mapelli Mozzi, CEO Banda Property. The scheme is bright, white and minimal, with accents of slate grey.

This bathroom features a patterned blind and matching curtains. These instantly add cosiness, as does the rug, which is typical of English country house style.

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Avocado in the bathroom? Since the 1970s it’s come a long way, baby. Pair it with crisp white walls and gleaming chrome fixtures to make it modern, like the Vidago Palace Hotel in Portugal.

From the bathtub, guests can enjoy the view out towards the sea – ‘though it’s amazing how many people shut the shutters, terrified of being seen’. Clare designed the basin to look a little like feeding troughs, in keeping with the barn aesthetic. Unpolished silver travertine stone is used on the floor and around the basin to give a country look.

Sweet nautical accessories, and bright blue matchboard panelling make up this charming bathroom in the home of Georgie Fordham.

The vertical lines of the panelling in this Welsh farmhouse by Hackett Holland add height to the small, awkwardly shaped bathroom, while the window gives bathers a view of the sky. A sink curtain emphasises the country feel of the scheme and hides any unsightly pipes.

The curved wall that separates the bedroom from the bathroom in Julia Barnard’s Somerset cottage was inspired by a window with a curved reveal. The bath was salvaged from Julia’s daughter’s flat in London and re-enamelled in Lancashire.

In this grey bathroom, a white unit with a black marble top contains a sink. This traditional feature works well in the monochrome modern bathroom.

Your bathroom may not be as vast as this one but that’s not to say you can’t steal this chic red, white and blue scheme. The combination of a classic colour blend and unique furniture – a statement bath and chair and a Louis XV style double washstand – give the room glamour in a cool, contemporary way.

Colefax designer Emma Burns added to the owner’s collection of sailors’ valentines that hang in the bathroom; all of them were found a The Lacquer Chest in Kensington. ‘It’s about finding those bits and pieces that make things charming,’ she says.

This bathroom retains a cosy feel thanks to the floral wallpaper, fresh flowers, wooden floor and similarly outsized furnishings which match the large space.

Passing down through inheritance for nearly 400 years, Holker Hall has a rich history resulting in an interior that combines comfort with charm. This tranquil bathroom overlooks the private garden.

For her own bathroom, designer Henri Fitzwilliam Lay chose a marble double basin with traditional fittings from Lefroy Brooks. ‘I wanted to give it a hint of the Thirties, where East meets West,’ she explains. The pink ottoman provides ample storage and complements the dusky pink walls.

After visiting her friend Kathryn Ireland, Anne Halsey bought this this French farmhouse retreat and enlisted the help of the decorator to create a relaxed home perfect for entertaining. This bathroom has been decorated in a fresh palette with two sinks, a walled shower area and light grey seating. Exposed beams help retain the house’s original character.

The homemade MDF pelmet is hung with curtains in ‘Lady Mountbatten’ by Hill brown at Turnell & Gigon, trimmed with ‘Dolce Pom Poms’ from Samuel & Son. The chairs are Robert Kime, while the Nineteenth-Century bath from The Watermanopoly is painted in ‘Skylight’ from Farrow & Ball. The lovely scallop-edged bath towels are from Balineum.

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The simple palette and accessories makes this bathroom feel elegant and luxurious. The walls are covered with tadelakt plaster, while the shower has a projecting marble base. The walk-in shower has no door, which makes the small space appear larger and just that little more enticing.

The marble in the guest bathroom of a London home designed by Freddy van Zevenbergen comes from a block of Italian Brèche supplied by Kreglinger; the wall lamps are from Hector Finch. Freddy says the owner wanted the house ‘to feel a bit like Loulou’s,’ referring to Robin Birley’s louche-luxe private members’ club in Mayfair, which Lambart & Browne designed in 2012.

Live like an elegant Parisian in this simple and unassuming bohemian-style bathroom with its mix of vintage-inspired and industrial-style designs. Ooh la la.

The refurbishment of this London townhouse was a family affair, with interior designer Amanda Baring working with her sister, the owner. The bathroom is luxurious and furnished with the owner’s collection of ceramics, which can be seen reflected by two large, ornate mirrors over the bespoke wooden vanity unit.

When interior designer Douglas Mackie and his partner Julian Jackson bought this house in the Languedoc region of the South of France, it was a chance for him – a knowledgeable collector of textiles – to show off his stock of older, ethnic pieces. ‘I have always been an avid collector of pieces from North Africa and Asia, and now their rich saturated colours sit wonderfully well in the shafts of sunlight of a southern home.’ In the bedroom a French eighteenth-century tapestry hangs behind the copper bath.

The upstairs bathroom in Sarah Stewart-Smith’s Herefordshire cottage is made of oak, with white rubber flooring and huge exposed copper pipes, which give a good heat output and masses of towel space.

Since moving into her husband’s Wiltshire farmhouse, designer Sarah Vanrenen has enhanced its quirky charm, with an adjusted layout and unexpected colours. A second bathroom has wallpaper with a subtle floral motif and complementing green tones on the hanging art, rug and flowers create a thoughful, put together look.

Architect Francesca Oggioni wanted a new layout for her Grade II listed house in west London that would work as a family home, workspace and backdrop for her extensive art collection. Francesca studied architecture at the revered Politecnico in Milan was influenced by the cecerebral, deliberately imperfect aesthetic of Belgian designers such as Axel Vervoordt and Vincent Van Duysen when planning the design.

Hotellier Arnaud Zannier has legions of celebrity fans, including Angelina Jolie, who live in his Camboida hotel Phum Baitang for three months. Known for simplicity and sophistication, his home is a prime example of this ethos. This bath built into an alcove in the family bathroom of his family home near Ghent makes full use of the space, while simple white and wood scheme is chic and timeless.

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This ultra pretty bathroom in the guest cottage of designer Emma Burns of Sybil Colefax & John Fowler is filled with a diffuse light from a blind in ‘Wheat Ears and Scrolls Border’, £580 a metre, an embroidered cotton panel from Chelsea Textiles. ‘It is particularly pretty with the light coming through, which is good for a bathroom,’ says Emma.

This modern walk-in wetroom style shower in the home of interior designer Sarah Chambers features modern beige tiles that at first glance look like natural stone. In fact they are ceramic decorated with a flock design – a very pleasant surprise indeed!

Spey bath in Kingfisher Blue, £3,390 by Sophie Conran at Drummonds

Wallpaper, ‘Alison Circles’ (pink), £58 a metre at Bernard Thorp

This bathroom has so many stunning original features, and mirrored furniture and a chandelier keep it pretty and period in style. However pale wood floors, a feature wall of tiles and a modern egg shaped bath add a contemporary touch that really works.

Try moody blues in a bathroom. We love Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue.

Blue is often a classic choice for a bathroom, but greens can offer a similarly calming effect, especially if you pair with neutral greys and simple furnishings for a soothing yet stylish effect.

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Marianne Brandi of Day Birger et Mikkelsen, has created an indulgent bathroom in her Copenhagen home. The wet room area – with its ceiling-mounted ‘Nene’ shower from Drummonds, gives an open plan feel, allowing the ‘Usk’ bath and ‘Double Lowther’ basin, also from Drummonds to take centre stage. We also love the contrast of paneled walls and marble moscaic floor.

Palm tree print wallpaper above white tiling adds a tropical feel to this whimsical bathroom, without overwhelming the subtle scheme. A free-standing bath sits next to a Victorian-style chair and a small wood burning stove.

This freestanding bath, with its handsome pewter finish, is quite the hero of this understated but classically elegant bathroom. The fresh white of the simple towel ladder, side table, and generous floral-cut chair contrast beautifully with the pale grey of the walls and the floor.

The bathroom in this beautiful Sri Lankan house is painted a soft jade green. Eggshell paint is not available locally, so a matting agent was added to Dulux Master Palette ‘Hillside View’ gloss paint for the window frames and doors

Basin and leg set: Bagno Design Bloomsbury Tiffany Wash Basin (900mm) with Bagno Design Carlton Chrome leg set (900mm): £2763 Basin Mixer: Hansgrohe AXOR Montreux 3 hole basin mixer £672 Radiator: Bisque Pera Radiator (1500mm x 500mm) £830.40

Laura Ashley’s ‘Gosford Meadow’ wallpaper in plum, £40 a 10-metre roll, has a similar colour palette but a smaller pattern – ideal for smaller rooms.

Though it may seem daunting, especially in the case of renovating, if you observe a few basic rules, it is possible to get the very best out of your bathroom space. As always, we recommend that you consider your personal style, but above all, you should heed the dimensions, conditions and of course, the style of the rest of the house to ensure the bathroom fits into the overall picture. 

Add drama to a room with inky blue colours. Background scenery from a Victorian photography studio hangs in this bathroom by designer Max Rollitt. The blue Senneh rug came from Edward Marnier, a Dorset-based dealer, who sells beautiful yet affordable old and antique rugs (from around £375 for similar).

WALLS ‘Old Flax’ cotton/viscose blind (flax flower), £118 a metre, from Soane. ‘Chou Chou’ wallpaper (red), by Sister Parish Design, £236 a 4.5-metre roll, from Tissus d’Hélène. ‘Bobbin’ mirror, £595, from Susie Atkinson Design. ‘Lucia L Bracket’ brass and ceramic wall lights (chrome/bianco), £246 each, from Hector Finch. ‘Rockwell’ brass and ceramic soap dish (powder), £228, from The Water Monopoly. FLOOR ‘Fourways’ paper-yarn rug (dark blue-turquoise), by Woodnotes, £715, from Skandium. FURNITURE ‘Rockwell’ ceramic basin with frame (powder), £1,508.40; and taps, £864; both from The Water Monopoly. ACCESSORIES ‘Alface’ soap, by Claus Porto, £10, from Twentytwentyone. ‘Coastal Stripe’ cotton towel (navy), £10, from Secret Linen Store. ‘Opak’ tumbler (white/dark blue), by Eric Lindgren, £50, from The Conran Shop. ‘Tann’ toothbrushes, by Hay, £4 each, from The Goodhood Store.

A gorgeous malachite topped sink paired with bottle-green walls and black and white photographs is a winning combination in this house by designer and architect Robert Hardwick.

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The polished silver rail and delictely detailed lace shower curtain adds a dreamy vintage vibe to this bathroom. Isn’t it romantic?

A small bathroom with panelled walls in the home of designer Robert Moore has a feeling of warm, understated glamour.

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The challenge for interior designer Penny Morrison at this Victorian terrace was to create a home for a bachelor – without the stereotypical furnishings.

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A blind in Colefax and Fowler’s ‘Snow Tree’ is one of many decorative touches in the bathroom of this New Zealand house.

For smaller bathrooms, a walk-in curved shower panel is a clever way of maximising the shower area while having minimal affect on the rest of the room.

The owner of this house, architect Ptolemy Dean wanted to do something different than the traditional Sussex barn conversion, so instead opted for a new build that complements the older farm buildings perfectly.

Bright yellow paint works as a perfect foil to white industrial tiles and gold accessories in this London bathroom.

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Take the plunge in your bathroom – by choosing a unusual ‘plunge pool’ bath. This simple design scheme with natural colours and materials creates a restful, calm feeling in the small bathroom of Jane Gowers’ basement.

Paolo Moschino designed this bathroom in nautical creams and blues. The pelmets of the curtains – with their clean, straight lines and border of blue – stand out amidst the calm scheme. The linen curtains are made from ‘Nyvelle Oyster’ by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam, while the light fittings are the ‘Bathroom Storm Wall Light’ from Vaughan, available in chrome and nickel, costing £349.

In a beautiful conversion of a disused chapel in Somerset, one bathroom features white panelling and a free-standing bath. Artist Jonathan Delafield Cook, illustrator Laura Stoddart and their two children moved to Brompton Ralph and took to village life with verve. In turning this chapel into a home the preserved the gothic features but were ablso able to extend upwards, making a modern home that is perfect for a young family.

This bathroom is so serene with its soft duck egg and white colour scheme and minimalist feel, but a contemporary egg shaped bath combined with antique wooden furniture ups the style factor tenfold.

In the bathroom of this compact London flat designed by Nicholas Spencer & Sophie von Wedekind, encaustic floor tiles were sourced in Portugal. The bath is ‘Hanley’ from The Water Monopoly.

Wendy Nicholls of Colefax and Fowler has honed her personal and professional style in her London home, which is full of Victorian accents and unique accessories.

Anna Valentine’s eponymous clothing label is desired for the quality of its designs and the attention to detail – attributes that the couturier has also employed in the renovation of her London flat and atelier.

The owners of this London house called on interior designer Beata Heuman to create a family home full of fun, distinctive design and punchy colours. A highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. ‘The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,’ says Beata. The opulent, free-standing bath was copied from a Twenties design that Beata spotted in an old magazine. ‘It was quite difficult to work out how to make it. Fortunately, we had a very good joiner and we discovered a specialist timber from the Netherlands that is used in boat building and can be submerged in water for 10 years without any ill effect.’

Metro tiles encase the bath and shower area in the bathroom of Nicole Salvesen’s south London home. Juggling the demands of a growing family and an interior-design business, Nicole updated the house to increase the feeling of space with bright colours and more streamlined rooms. The blinds are in Howe at 36 Bourne Street’s ‘Mr Men’ linen.

Near the site of a Sussex country house demolished in 1911, Richard Taylor and Rick Englert have built a Jacobean-style manor at Whithurst Park. It took a year to get planning permission and two more to build. The result is certainly striking and bears some of the signatures of the prodigy houses built in the era that its design evokes, such as Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Hatfield House in Hertfordshire. But as Kit explains, ‘It was the site itself and essence of Sussexness that made me design it as I did.’

Samuel and Caitlin Dowe-Sandes, the owners of Moroccan tile company Popham Design have decorated their riad, in the heart of Marrakesh’s medina, using tiles of their own design. Red and white floor to ceiling pattern makes for an impactful shower room.

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Taken from the November 2011 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Ros Byam Shaw, Hatta Byng and Jennifer Goulding. Locations editor: Lavinia Bolton.

In the bathroom of this classic Manhattan house designed by Rita Konig, walls painted with faux panelling conceal storage and add to the country theme found throughout the house.

The elegant bathroom in the Inchyras’ Scottish estate features taupe curtains, a matching claw-foot bathtub and a view to the garden.

Don’t limit yourself to just painting walls. A freestanding bath can often be the main focus of the room so why not draw even more attention to it by painting it a vibrant colour? We love how this orange tub pops against the wooden floor and cream walls.

Floor to ceiling tiles in a bathroom have gained popularity in recent years because they are easy to clean and maintain, unlike paint, which needs to be refreshed as the years roll on. In terms of flooring, tiles aren’t the only option these days. Wood and concrete are charming and easy to maintain, and give off a totally different vibe. Concrete is perfect for those who want a bathroom that is at the height of minimalist design, whereas wood is better suited to a more classic, rustic theme. Both of these flooring types can be translated into the other rooms of the house, too. Bathroom wallpaper has also made a big comeback! There are now many wallpaper coverings available that can withstand the humid and wet conditions of a bathroom. Get inspired with colours to use from browsing through our photos of bathroom ideas.

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The bathroom of Mimi Thorisson’s home in the Médoc has the original nineteenth-century checkerboard floor tiles. The walls are tiled with square white tiles, edged in a black trim and the traditional sink has exposed copper pipes.

Taken from the July 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Judith Wilson.

On the second floor of Clare and Mark’s Georgian house, the bathroom features a whole wall of églomisé mirrored glass, which Clare produces and restores for designers and private clients. The room is furnished with an antique dressing table and a small sofa bought at a flea market, covered in a fabric from Claremont.

When Emma Holman-West inherited Alscot Park, she was just 19 years old. When she moved in, ‘we had death-watch beetle and ceilings falling in. I used to get so stressed, but now I am inured’, says Emma. The Warwickshire home has now been transformed into a beautiful relaxing space. The bathroom has a simple white free-standing tub, which is complemented by the simple fabric on the chairs. The floor-length curtains add height and draws your eye to the glass chandelier.

The house is a tall, mid-nineteenth-century white stucco building that the owners wanted to work well for twenty-first-century family life. ‘We were determined to avoid beige “banker chic”,’ the owner explains.

Having moved from a Georgian manor, Clare Agnew reworked the conversion of a 300-year-old barn in Norfolk to create a secluded home for her family.

Classic-boat enthusiast and creative talent Katie Fontana’s love of pure craftsmanship and aesthetic simplicity resulted in the bespoke kitchen design company Plain English as well a charming houseboat and boathouse. The wood panelling in the bathroom gives the space a cosy feeling.

Situated on a leafy street in Manhattan’s West Village, Jos and Annabel White’s six-storey townhouse has been extended, gutted and completely renovated by architect Basil Walter and interior designer by Poonam Khanna of BWArchitects, to create an open-plan home tailored for family living. A mix of playful and practical, the main bathroom combines silver de Gournay wallpaper, a Hilary Batstone disco ball and a plush alpaca rug from The Rug Company.

Interior designer Hugh Leslie transformed this west-London terrace house for his clients into a smart family home. Behind the glamorous main bedroom is this simple panelled en-suite bathroom with hand-built units. The walk-in shower, lined in teak, was designed by Hugh and feels a bit like entering a first-class compartment on a vintage train.

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You could paint a small bathroom in a pale hue to create the illusion of more space, or you could say to hell with it and paper it in a fabulous art deco print wallpaper. We’ll go with the latter.

Designer Sarah Delaney suggested a cool, loosely Scandinavian aesthetic for this rustic barn conversion, where colours come in restrained bursts. In this shower, one wall is clad in bricks, which owner Pam chose to create a visual ‘full stop’, while another is bright green.

Bring a simple scheme to life with paint. Here, an exposed brick wall is given a teal hued makeover, while a navy and teal blue grid pattern creates an eye catching feature, that transforms the room entirely.

‘If you don’t have good storage, your life is a mess. It is expensive, and people don’t like to put it into their budgets, but it’s crucial,’ says Rita. When asked how she did it all in her own London flat, she reels off a long list, which includes losing 12cm off the length of the sitting area to make room for the full-length bath in the bathroom.

Black and white curtains with a grand pelmet add drama to the bathroom of Cameron Kimber’s house in New South Wales. White fittings and pale walls allow the antique prints, wall lights from Colefax and Fowler, and an English Regency mirror to stand out.

Wooden floorboards are painted white to match the rest of the scheme, but the montage of green photo frames and vase of flowers add a hint of colour to ensure the space feels light and fresh rather than washed out.

A freestanding bathtub and chintzy wallpaper in the bathroom of Atelier Vime’s eighteenth-century hôtel particulier, Hotel Drujon, decorated by our Acting Decoration Editor Ruth Sleightholme for a scheme in House & Garden’s August 2017 issue. Ruth decorated with French textiles, antiques, twentieth-century pieces and rustic Provençal pottery, within the atmospheric setting.

Open-plan living is made cosy with warm touches to this mews house in London owned by designer Caroline Riddell. This white bathroom features both marble and wood panelling, the latter of which extends beyond the walls to also cover the ceiling.

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In this west London house, the main bathroom is straight from a Thirties Hollywood movie: marble floor, black glass vanity units, Perspex furniture and decorative scent bottles – you expect Ginger Rogers to emerge in an oyster satin peignoir at any minute.

Interior designer Peter Mikic redecorated this west-London town house for his clients, stripping back a previous, over-slick modernisation to display the house’s considerable original charm. In the cavernous bathroom decoration has been kept to a minimum, to create a serene space. Acres of Calacatta marble run from the floor up the walls around the wet-room style shower. The bathtub is from Boffi.

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George Carter used a pretty shade of yellow paint in the bathroom of this Norfolk village house, which he designed for Alan and Sarah Wilson. While his choice, ‘Gervase Yellow’ from Farrow & Ball, is no longer part of the standard range, ‘Hound Lemon’ is a similar colour (£34.50 for a 2.5 litre tin). The Royal Horticultural Society print shop is a good place to find botanical prints similar to the ones in this bathroom, costing £30 for an unframed version of that’s a similar size. George framed the prints in a distressed moulding, copied from an early-19th-century picture frame he saw in Norfolk.

A set of botanical prints from James Graham-Stewart adds a touch of life to this bathroom in a Manhattan townhouse designed by Hugh Leslie. Hugh sourced the heavily striated marble in this one from an Italian quarry and designed the drawer unit, which is in cherry wood, cracked lacquer and nickel.

The main bathroom in Joanna Vestey’s farmhouse has a bath with floor-standing taps, which was found in France. A black counter top offers a bold touch to the mostly pale room.

The walls in this eighteenth-century house in Bath, painted in Farrow & Ball’s ‘Railings’, match the Emery & Cie cement floor tiles. Designer Nicola Harding bought the vintage bath in one of the bathrooms on Ebay. To get the look without having to trawl online, try Heritage Bathrooms’ similar ‘Porto Santo Bateau’ cast iron double-ended bath, which you can paint in the colour of your choice. It measures 67.5 x 170 x 68cm and costs £1,595, including the chrome feet.

Shunning our throwaway culture, interior designer Patrick Williams, of Berdoulat Design used salvaged finds and traditional techniques to imaginatively restore his Victorian flat in east London in a sympathetic manner. Around the bathroom walls, above matchboard panelling, runs a narrow shelf made from oak from a table his parents had when he was a child. A bigger piece forms the loo seat. The old bath was bought for £80, and the Victorian taps were reconditioned and de-chromed, as was the shower-curtain rail and waste pipe. The basin is from Labour and Wait – Patrick got a deal on it as it was chipped; for him this is welcome patina.

Painted antique panels, bought from Talisman, hang in the main bathroom of this new build country house. Mixing classical symmetry and vernacular charm, the bathroom is a triumph of teamwork, with architects and designers collaborating to create the owners’ perfect home.

The bathroom of Pumphouse Point has a view from the windows that is emphasised by the black tiling. The modernisation within the hotel contrasts with its heritage-listed pastel façade.

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This white rustic bathroom at The Playa Grande Beach Club in the Dominican Republic is decorated in ‘faded bathing-suit colours.’ The hotel has a gorgeous vintage feel. In the bathrooms this effect is achieved through the use of oversized copper baths and pretty patterned tiles.

The industrial style hydrotherapy bathroom of Carskiey Estate has its original shower, bath and teak wet-room floor. The Edwardian plumbing still survives, with taps displaying hot and cold saltwater and hot and cold freshwater in the magnificent bathrooms – though the salt water pipes have now corroded and are no longer in use.

This iconic wallpaper is Scalamandré’s ‘Zebra’ in masai red, famously used in Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums. It creates an intimate feeling in this small bathroom, which was boldly designed by Beata Heuman.

This neutrally decorated modern bathroom features a clock and woodwork painted in ‘Shaded White’ by Farrow & Ball. Unfussy decoration and a pale palette making this a calm space.

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Chicken wallpaper from The Art of Wallpaper in Norfolk gives the children’s bathroom in this renovated farmhouse a playful finish. The wallpaper could also be used in a kid’s room.

If you’re a fan of modern design, why not opt for a sculptural bath? Let it take centre stage and keep the surrounds minimal or add shape and texture for a contemporary-luxe feel.

At Gateley Hall in Norfolk, owner Vivien Greenock has used her expertise as an interior designer to restore the once neglected eighteenth-century house to its former glory. Large red flowers scale the walls in the bathroom. This is Mauny’s classic design ‘Primevères’ and is avilable from Zuber, where it costs £490 for a 10-meter roll.

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The wallpaper in the bathroom of Rita Konig’s flat is Hinson’s ‘Martinique’.

Architecture and interior design practice Waldo Works used a combination of eight different blue tiles from Victorian Ceramics, £360 a square metre, to sit under this impressive 30cm-diameter nickel shower head from Drummonds. The top half of each wall in the wet-room-style shower area has been protected with glass, and the glass and metal divider keeps the look slick.

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Framed pictures and comforting signs of wear give the main bathroom in Harriet Anstruther’s farmhouse a lived-in feel, while a jar of flowers freshens the room.

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The bathroom at a divine Provençal house by Andrzej Zarzycki is clad in woods of various warm tones, including oak by the vanity area, fumed oak on the floors and oiled teak on the William Garvey bath. The chair was bought at the Marché aux Puces in Paris.

Taken from the May 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Emily Tobin.

Lizzie and Ion Florescu decided to combine two neighboring Chelsea town houses to make this London terraced house conversion with ambitions of maximising outdoor space and keeping work areas separate from day-to-day life.

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The artist owners of this London house called on interior designer Beata Heuman to create a family home full of fun, distinctive design and punchy colours. A highly original space, unapologetically theatrical and oozing energy. ‘The owners are both artists. They have quite wild tastes and they love strong colours,’ says Beata. An en suite bathroom is painted in an emerald green with black border.

Wonderful yellow ‘Zellige’ tiles by Emery & Cie enliven this wet room-style shower. Tongue and groove paneling and a simple stone sink downplay the ornate mirror and lighting.

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Whitewashed wooden floorboards echo the exposed beams and wood-pannelled walls of a bathroom in Vanessa Branson’s Holland Park home making the small but open space feel bigger than it is. Next to the freestanding bath, part of the beam is used as a shelf for bathtime essentials.

Each upstairs bedroom has an ensuite bathroom at a contemporary home converted from 1950s commercial buildings in Primrose hill. The minimal design including a mirror ocupying the entire length of a wall, makes the small space look bigger, with the tiled floor adding a decorative element to the room.

In the en-suite bathroom pocket doors and full-height cupboards maximise the space. Due to the Victorian dimensions of the five-metre-wide space, the owners opted for a double walk-in shower instead of a bath. Tall, sliding doors into the bathroom enhance the feeling of space, and built-in drawers and shelves are hidden within ceiling-height cupboards.

Parts of this Hampshire home are more than 600 years old and the architect Elspeth Beard wanted to help the owners create ‘an old-fashioned English house – liveable and comfortable, but also simple and functional.’ The layout was simplified and huge, luxurious rooms like this one were left. The walls are papered in Colefax and Fowler’s ‘Snow Tree’ and the antique chest of draws and fluffy rug add that classic country house charm.

One of our ‘100 leading designers’ Rose Uniacke’s trademark interiors are cool and quietly glamorous, laced with quality materials such as linen, marble and cashmere, and expertly chosen decorative antiques.

Taken from the December 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Liz Elliot.

This glamorous bathroom features a marble bath, a rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company and a cupboard covered in a Zuber paper. The colour palette, dominated by taupe and soft pink, makes this space feel warm, cosy and luxurious.

‘Something new and colourful is what I thought I’d do,’ says interior designer Gytha Nuttall about the decoration of her south London home. ‘But as the project developed, slowly I returned to all the muddy colours I love best.’

This light green bathroom features a bespoke timber-fronted vanity unit with an upstand in tiles from Emery & Cie.

This bathroom has dark flooring and panelling and a free-standing Victorian-style sink. A bamboo-framed mirror hangs above, in between two ornate sconces with mirrors. The wallpaper, light fixtures and sink legs come together to create an unusual scheme that might be considered dining room-esque.

Painted antique panels, bought from Talisman, hang in the main bathroom of Willie and Nickie Gething’s West Country home. The interiors were decorated by Willie’s sister, designer Caroline Patterson. A quilted ottoman gives the room a luxurious spa-like feel.

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A wood panelled bathroom at Soho Farmhouse featuring a free-standing bath – one of Soho House’s signature looks. Matching floral curtains and blinds add colour and a pretty touch to the scheme without dominating it. The design was inspired by Upstate New York cabin culture.

‘We offer a range of services that encompass all elements of renovation and design and focus on building a strong relationship with our clients. Mixing antiques, heirlooms and mid-century pieces with contemporary design defines our aesthetic.’

Never feel like a bathroom has to have wall-to-wall tiles. There is something so charming about the combination of painted tongue-and-groove boards, wallpaper and marble in the home of designer Diana Sieff. The pattern – ‘Adams Eden’ by Lewis & Wood – works beautifully with a windowsill full of red geraniums. Installing cupboards with mirror doors saves space, provides storage and makes the room feel larger and lighter.

Why not make a small bathroom the place where you experiment with the bold colour you’re slightly afraid to put elsewhere? Take this tiny windowless room designed by Suzy Hoodless. Adhering to the time-honoured rule that if a room is already dark there is no off-white on earth that will change it, seductive black walls have been combined with good lighting, plenty of mirrors and chic, unfussy fittings. The scheme is anchored by monochrome cement tiles from Popham Design.

Usk Enamelled Cast-Iron Bateau Bath, at Drummonds; with bespoke painted design, commissions from £400 by Annie Millar. Adnet Leather Mirror, €879 at Gubi.

Suzy Hoodless, known for her mild eclecticism and smart monochrome backgrounds, designed this bold patterned bathroom. The geometric tiles create a sense of division and space, complemented by the brass taps and reclaimed wash stand.

Taken from the December 2013 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Caroline Clifton-Mogg and Emily Tobin. Locations editor: Lavinia Bolton.

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This modern yet comfortable flat in Chelsea was designed by Sophie Ashby. By combining a considered approach with individual touches, the interior designer has created a family home that is both glamorous and relaxed. The Arabescato-marble-clad main bathroom has a large Jon Tonks photograph as well as a modern free-standing bath and is decorated in a white scheme.

The bold, scenic ‘Nuvole’ wallpaper by Fornasetti (available through Cole & Son) creates a theatrical atmosphere in this bathroom styled by Gabby Deeming. The curtain is by Ottolie Stevenson for Vanners, with a brass curtain pole and hold-back from Wemyss Houles. The floor is Venetian marble from Lapicida, with the ‘Hayon Organico’ bath by Jamie Hayon for Bisazzo at C P Hart. The chair, from David Seyfried, is covered in ‘Calla Lilies’ by Rose Cummin from Dessin Fournir, available through Fromental.

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In the bathroom of founder Chloe Macintosh, prints of animals in gilded frames, coupled with a mirror and lantern in the grate of the fireplace, add decorative interest.

A black-and-white framed photograph emphasises the monochrome palette and bold contrasts, and a blue-and-white striped rug brings colour to the scheme.

Muted tones and natural textures combined with gold touches and an animal hide rug make this bathroom one we could happily lose ourselves in.

Materials and finish came first and foremost when designer Hugh Leslie was creating this family home for his American clients. A glamorous Cipollino marble was used on the floor, work surfaces and splashback of the main bathroom, along with art-deco style cabinets. The result was akin to ‘Claridges between the wars’.

This beautiful bathroom from Zara Home ticks all our style boxes and even has the luxury of somewhere to lounge post bath. Swoon.

The main bathroom in this Californian newbuild with interiors by David Bentheim has a rolltop bath from Waterworks and blinds in a soft white linen by O Ecotextiles. Herringbone tiles are arranged so as to form stripes of colour – white and mustard and grey.

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Botanical accents look great in a bathroom combined with a fresh white colour scheme and natural wood floors and wall panelling.

A shower curtain is a simple way to instantly update the look of your bathroom. Choose an on-trend folksy pattern to add some cheer to even the tiniest of rooms.

After settling on a style, it’s recommended that you make decisions regarding the wall and floor coverings. You should also consider showers, baths and basins. Do you want to only include a free-standing shower unit or shower bath combination to give your bathroom the best of both worlds?

On the attic floor of Kate Earle’s glamorous 1920s chalet in the French Alps, a large bathroom links the two children’s bedrooms. A mirror fitted to the slanting wall opens up the space, with affixed wall lights adding a modern touch. Kate chose rustic yet smart Emery & Cie tiles to surround the bath area.

Collections of English and Irish furniture are evident throughout Williamstrip, a beautiful Georgian house in the heart of the Cotswolds – even in the en-suite bathroom. The bedroom panelling, seen in the mirror’s reflection, is painted in a custom shade by decorator Mark Gillette to match the wallpaper (‘Lancelot’ in glacier by Brunschwig & Fils, £56 for a 4.5-metre roll from G P & J Baker).

Thinking of going for a striking colour combination like pink and blue? Make sure to keep accents neutral – white and bronze do the trick nicely here.

Carrara marble keeps this bathroom light, while unusual mirrored panels add originality and make the area seem more spacious.

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This Georgian house, once inhabited by Huguenot silk weavers, has been carefully restored by architect Chris Dyson. In the bathroom a slipper bath stands on a Carrara-marble plinth.

The main contractor, Capstone, oversaw the project and fully bought into the vision. All the subcontractors for the stone finishes, flooring and lighting, as well as joiners and painters, were Belgian.

In a double-fronted Georgian town house in Ludlow, Caroline Harrowby has used soft colours and elegant furnishings to enhance the classical proportions of once dark interiors. ‘The owners both have natural good taste and my job was to interpret their ideas. I have never done such a beautiful town house – it was a complete privilege.’

With a characteristic respect for the fabric of this eighteenth-century house in Bath, designer Patrick Williams has carefully transformed it into a welcoming home and B&B. During the restoration the owners enriched the house with all sorts of additions that look as though they have always been there – a corner cupboard on a landing or pilasters in the family bathroom, for instance. When the project started, Patrick spoke to several reclamation yards asking them to put aside any suitable elements for a Georgian house. He also trawled Ebay. Jig Baths offers a similar round tub to the one used here.

Is there anything more luxurious than a gleaming copper bathtub? Teamed with dark green paint, it’s the ultimate in Art Deco glamour.

Pep up a neutral scheme with fab furniture. This designer Eames style chair and a chic bench bring extra style points to this wetroom, and are a practical addition, helping to keep things off the floor.

Cement tiles are bespoke, but the ‘Cube No. 65’ from Emery & Cie is similar. Each tile is 20cm square and costs e138 a square metre. You can order any combination of three colours out of a dazzling array of 51.

A checkerboard floor has the unique appeal of being timeless yet modern. A kitchen is a common place for it, but as this example shows, it’s also beautiful in a bathroom, especially when paired with deep red walls. The bathroom is in Knole, a stately home in Kent owned by the National Trust and inhabited by Robert Sackville-West and his family. The paint was chosen by Jane, Robert’s wife, with a little help from decorator Woody Clark.

Keep things ultra sleek and modern with this frameless walk-in shower. Annabelle Holland Design has cleverly made space for a double overhead rain shower to give a luxurious feel to bathing.

Curtains in Robert Kime ‘Wild Iris’ linen hang in this country bathroom, which has been decorated with a pale palette. The star-shaped lighting adds an unusual touch to the traditional space. See Vaughan’s ‘Star Lantern’ lights for similar.

Amelie is a famously stylish film – her Parisian bathroom is gorgeously chic and we believe that this room in London has some of the same je ne sais quoi. Design features to borrow in order to achieve that fabulous French look – monochrome tiles, retre furnishings and a flourish of faded pastels.

The story of Harriet Anstruther’s farmhouse is simply one of exposing – and revelling in – the house’s past. This new bathroom maintains the stripped back, unstudied rustic style that runs throughout her home with exposed flooring and a vintage map next to the rust-coloured bath.

Built-in cupboards save space in this small bathroom featuring a combination of marble and wood panelling. Bare floorboards ensure that the space, which is mostly white, doesn’t feel clinical.

This is Domaine de la Baume, a hotel in the Verdon region of France. In this bathroom, a large painting hangs against green walls, which highlight the green details on the tiled floor.

Known for their restoration of historic buildings in Scotland, conservation architects Nick Groves-Raines and Kristin Hannesdottir relished the challenge of saving Lamb’s House in Leith, where they now live and work. A turquoise panelled bathroom has a constrasting blue free-standing bath.

The main bathroom of Jos and Annabel White’s Manhattan’s West Village town house, renovated by architect Basil Walter and interior designer by Poonam Khanna of BWArchitects, has a shimmery interior. This includes a Hilary Batstone disco ball, silvery de Gournay wallpaper and a hand-painted floral mirror by M J Atelier & Construction. Annabel laughs, ‘I don’t close the blinds, though I probably should.’

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Interior designer Suzy Hoodless worked with the owners of this west-London town house to create a glamorous effect, using mid-century pieces and a dark colour palette that occasionally breaks in to splashes of brightness. In this bathroom petrol blue tiles have been paired with bright yellow rugs for a surprisingly graphic look.

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In this small bathroom, designer Robert Moore has painted the walls in a deep blue, ‘Basalt’ by Little Greene. The applied mouldings form a framework for the French empire wall sconces and a Fifties French mirror. The fabric used for the curtains is ‘Palma Large’ from Bernard Thorp (£75 per metre).

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After visiting her friend Kathryn Ireland in France’s Tarn region, Anne Halsey bought a French farmhouse retreat there and set about creating a relaxed space perfect for entertaining. A free-standing red bath occipies one of the bedrooms – the vibrant red matches the more delicate Kathryn M Ireland fabric ‘Toile’ which was used for the curtains, headboard and footboard. This bath is of course also perfect for making a bold colour statement in the bathroom.

The bath in this bathroom is covered in the same blue tiles as the walls, creating a stylish seamless effect. (See our 20 favourite places to get patterned tiles for more ideas.) This industrial-style space is separated from a bedroom by a wooden partition behind the bed, creating flow between the rooms.

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Carrara marble flooring and a glass shower make for an exceedingly elegant look in this bathroom. Designed by interior architect Paul Barnes, this scheme has a simple colour palette, which makes for a light and airy room. The large mirrors and tall towel rails create the illusion of space and compliment the bathroom accessories.

The bath and sink in this eighteenth-century house in Bath are both vintage and the rag rug is from Sweden. The industrial wall lights are from Felix Lighting Specialists. Nicola chose Paint & Paper Library’s ‘Deep Water Green’ in an oil eggshell finish to give the vintage bath a new lease of life (£68 for 2.5 litres).

Is typical toile de jouy wallpaper too traditional for your taste? Pair it with clashing checkerboard floors in your bathroom and see it take on a whole new dimension.

Wicker baskets. Straw-plaited baskets are an affordable and elegant approach to put storage to any space . Baskets can be utilized to store and show books, architectural and decoration magazines, toys, towels plus blankets to name the few. Place a handful of little wicker baskets for the counter-tops in your kitchen in order to beautifully display and shop your fruit and greens

Employ decorative mirrors to incorporate fast light to your living area . As seen above, mirror may also be used to make some sort of small space feel much larger . For larger rooms, or even any room with a new more limited amount involving natural light, mirrors located directly across from your glass windows , will add instant light-weight . Decorative mirrors doubles throughout lieu of art to be able to fill empty wall area . Large or small, mirror add light and dimensions to your liveable space.

Employ area rugs to make softer hardwood floors. Throw mats give warmth and could add great texture, colour and personality to the living space. Hardwood flooring are beautiful and quick to keep but they general shortage the comfort that carpeted floors offer, particularly inside the cooler months. Region rugs can also include fun and functionality to be able to your liveable space . Use a number of of varying patterns in addition to fabrics together to show off your character. Or include several rugs of typically the identical pattern and material , or different textures yet the same color. Typically the possibilities are endless. A person can change your place rugs to reflect the particular seasons using warmer hues and fabrics for chillier months and lighter types for the warmer occasions of the year. Right now there are many lovely organic cotton , washable area rugs which usually are well suited for those houses with children. There actually is no reason exactly why a house with young kids cannot end up being an elegant one.

Car paint or wallpaper your bookcases. This instant pop associated with color will brighten plus re-energize any room! Really amazing how something consequently simple as a cover of colorful paint could instantly energize and convert your space. This pre-installed bookcase would be basic and ordinary minus the vivid blue interior. Probably the most basic and most inexpensive method to transform a boring room would be to apply a layer of paint somewhere sudden . Bookcases are an perfect place to start as you don`t need to coloring a large area. Some other fun places to include some sort of pop of color contain painting fireplace mantels, the particular insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.

Employ what you already have got to decorate. Many of us have got items in our control , probably packed up throughout boxes somewhere and don`t have given them a 2nd glance. Your house needs several accessories. Rather than running in order to the store, take a new good look at that which you already have. Trays, wood , acrylic, metal or sterling silver can be on top rated of luggage racks, green tea carts, trunks, bedside furniture and coffee tables with regard to extra texture and dimensions . Arrange candles on these people , frames or pile guides on top of these people . Plates can be put up to create wonderful walls art. Art from kids books can be presented and hung in nurseries, children`s rooms or their very own bathrooms. You will get amazed at your expertise with what you currently have!

Change your workout. Mix upwards patterns and textures. Blend up old and fresh , expensive and cheap. There`s nothing wrong with inserting family heirlooms alongside your current modern couch. Great inside decorators will tell a person that one of typically the most important aspect in order to decorating your property is that that reflects who you happen to be , your personality and your current style. The vintage Chippendale table that was your grandfather`s tells a story. That tells the story associated with your past. The modern day couch you became adoringly obsessed with and basically had to purchase furthermore tells a story, your existing story, and there is definitely no reasons why the found and past can`t co-exist beautifully together. The identical could be said for fine art. You might not desire to place a piece of art by Salvador Dali about the same wall next to a new Monet, but there`s simply no reason why they cannot end up being in the same place together. With fabrics whether or not it be furniture, mats or pillows, varied hues and patterns brings warmness and texture with your being space.

Live green . Add plants to be able to your living area . Add all of them to every room, smaller or large, few or even many. Plants could be an affordable means to accessorizing your own space and adding coloring and texture. Not just are plants beautiful yet many can clean house air and balance humidness . They can absorb impurities and remove harmful fumes from the air. Simply no home should be with out these wonderful greens!

Slip into some thing a bit more comfortable!. Slip includes frequently get an awful rap but they will be truly wonderful things. These people can act as a methods of changing your furniture`s look to reflect typically the seasons. These easily taken out coverings improve a superior look without constantly being concerned about people dirtying or even spilling on your furnishings . Slip covers are perfect for rooms used often by children. Over some sort of white slip-covered couches provides the air of an informal , comfortable, easy yet advanced elegance.

Paint smaller areas in softer, lighter colours which will make the room sense larger. The living place above is a fantastic sort of how to be able to maximize a small living area . A room of this particular size has got the tendency in order to seem cramped, nevertheless the significant windows, light colored wall space and ample usage of mirror not only reflect typically the natural light pouring throughout in the doors and typically the windows nevertheless the use regarding mirrors also provides optic illusion of space, generating the room seem larger than it actually will be . Conversely, darker colors will certainly make a room think smaller. Even with the particular abundance of natural lighting and the strategic saving of the mirrors, this specific room in a dark shade may have an additional boxed-in feel with it.

No matter if you`ve just moved and looking for a rapid , little home pick-me-up, or perhaps perhaps something better, right now there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers utilize that you just too can very easily do with minimal energy and cost. Sometimes the particular smallest things make best impact. It could get digging in a hand mirror , a painting, a light fixture or even a flower. You want to ease your walls, brighten some sort of room, or exercise . warmness to your living place. Look into these clever design and style as well as observe how they can motivate you!

Add a suspending pot holder to your current kitchen. Kitchens are intended to be warm plus inviting. We spend substantially of our time inside them whether it get for preparing meals, providing meals or entertaining. A new hanging pot rack pays to elegance. Kitchens are designed to feel as although they are in frequent use and a clinging pot rack certainly tends to make one feel this method . In addition to searching so wonderful, (there a wide range of sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space under is currently freed up to be able to store other items. Rarely has anyone complained involving having too much safe-keeping.

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