Design | Bathing beauty - The do's and don'ts of bathroom design

Who doesn’t love getting away from it all? To me, summer means sailing in Cornwall and soaking up the sights and sounds of the beautiful seaside villages: driftwood, pebbles and the salty blue and pink tones of twilight.

Recently I was asked in an interview where in the world my favourite hotel bathroom is. It got me thinking about The Idle Rocks in St Mawes – one of my favourite villages on the Cornish coast. It is an example of a seaside inspired aesthetic carried off to perfection. The bathrooms are especially well done, beautifully combining glass and weathered timber to create a calming atmosphere. I especially love the double ended baths which overlook the sea.

I think of a bathroom as one’s own private spa. All elements should contribute to a sense of relaxation and pampering. When it comes to designing a bathroom, the key is to treat it as an extension of the bedroom; the aim is to create a seamless flow between the two.

The master bedroom and bathroom we designed for this Cotswold manor epitomises how a soft scheme in shades of greys and layered off-whites unites both rooms with a sense of tranquillity.

The trick is not to overdo the tiling as it can appear cold and harsh. For the Cotswold project, we used tiles for shower enclosure but opted for a treated timber floor and a combination of wood panelling and paint for the wall treatments.The colour scheme was loosely inspired by the warm neutral shades of ceramics and driftwood. Simply layering slightly different shades of white, grey and taupe creates depth without over complicating the scheme. The finishing touch is to style the room with luxurious towels, bathrobes, scented candles and a range of spa products - the perfect haven to which one can escape to after a long day.

There are plenty of bathroom design ideas on our website so do take a look at our other projects. We hope you’ll be inspired!

Warm wishes,

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