4 steps to a classic bathroom

Discover how to put together a timeless bathroom scheme

How do you achieve that effortless mix of traditional and modern in your bathroom? First of all, keep it simple, and go for a monochrome scheme and streamlined fittings with smooth curving lines. And secondly, be brave and choose a bold and elegant wallpaper (this one is Josette by Laura Ashley) to create a fabulous statement wall. If you’re not overlooked, keep the windows free of blinds and fussy curtains. Or, if you prefer, choose decorative window film (check out Brume or Spin Collective) to preserve your modesty.

As subtly flamboyant as this wallpaper is, it needs sleek modern fittings to act as a strong foil to its romantic tendrils. Eschew traditional period-style bathroom fittings – such as telephone-style bath taps – ignore brass effect taps, shy away from anything remotely gold and go for sleek chrome. Geometric Art Deco-style fittings will work with this look but don’t be tempted to go back any further in time than that for style inspiration. This neat floorstanding bath mixer is by Hudson Reed at Sanctuary Bathrooms.

To maintain your sleek, contemporary space, choose a curvacous basin and set it on a sleek vanity unit with plenty of storage to keep all your bathroom paraphernalia out of sight. This smart number is the Roca Victoria at Sanctuary Bathrooms, and the basin is the Victoria & Albert Amalfi countertop at Ocean Bathrooms. The luxury of a walk in wet-room shower increases your contemporary style points, while the wall tiles (Cementi from Class UK) have a classic stone effect that ticks all the trad boxes.

The cleverest feature in this scheme has to be the porcelain floor tiles that look just like floorboards – try Nature floor tiles from Class UK. They’re practical, classy and bring all-important luxury to the room. Next on the list are lots of fluffy towels. We love this soft damson shade. For similar check out the Surpemo Zero Twist towels at Next – the beauty of a monochrome scheme is that you can change the look in an instant with a new set of towels. Finish off with an elaborate candelbra for a sublime decadent feel – for a similar one try the Linea one in Black at House of Fraser – then fill the tub, lie back and relax.

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