How to create a classic country bathroom – your questions answered

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    Georgian Tall Standard Joint Wall Panels, The English Panelling Company.

    How can I create a classic country look in my bathroom?

    ‘Panelling has been used in country homes for centuries and Butt and Bead jointed boards provide the classic look and are easy to install,’ says Jon Madeley, Founder of The English Panelling Company. ‘For bathrooms, use good quality Moisture Resistant MDF with proper bead joints that replicate original panelling, rather than V joints which will look too modern. Finish with a simple rebated dado rail and skirting board then paint in eggshell for a durable finish.’

    Canadian Maple flooring, Karndean Designflooring.

    Can I use wood flooring in my bathroom?

    ‘When it comes to flooring, hardwood and laminate are not ideal choices for a bathroom, as they are susceptible to warping when frequently exposed to water,’ says Paul Barratt, Managing Director, Karndean. ‘Luxury vinyl flooring gives the beauty of natural wood without these practical drawbacks and is the perfect choice for a bathroom floor. Water-resistant, highly durable and easy to maintain, the wood effect planks replicate the intricate grains and details of real wood without the worry.’

    Hermione solid pine vanity unit with sinks, Tikamoon.

    Can you suggest a double sink unit that looks more like a piece of furniture than a vanity unit?

    ‘This handcrafted, recycled solid pine wood washstand with natural bluestone countertop will look handsome in a large country bathroom and provides plenty of storage,’ says Sophie Morel, Product Designer, Tikamoon. ‘Drawers work well under a basin as you can see at a glance what’s inside.The washstand comes ready assembled and the worktop has pre drilled tap holes so you can choose your own taps to match other fittings.’

    Take a look at our collection of best bathroom storage ideas for more inspiration.

    Stag Toile wallpaper in Juniper, Little Greene at WallpaperDirect.

    Can I use wallpaper in my bathroom and how?

    ‘Yes, as long as wallpaper is used with our high quality wallpaper adhesive and the bathroom is kept well ventilated to eliminate a build up of condensation’ says David Mottishead, Managing Director, Little Greene. ‘This patterned paper is taken from a 19th century linen design and will transform a utilitarian space, creating a beautiful focal point in a country style scheme. For best results, wallpaper away from the splash zone and nearest to the window to keep it dry and smart.’

    Savoy nine-light chandelier, Bathstore.

    Is it safe to hang a statement chandelier over my bath?

    ‘Hanging a chandelier will add drama, atmosphere and a focal point to a bathroom scheme but it needs to be a fitting approved for wet area use and conform to safety regulations,’ says Robert Shackle, Quality Assurance Manager, Bathstore. ‘Our chandelier is rated IP44 (Ingression Protection) moisture resistant and is suitable for bathroom use as well as being height adjustable, extending to 2.25m above the floor over the bath.’

    Kashmir Porcelain Roman blind, Hillarys.

    How can I soften the look of my bathroom and make it look less clinical?

    ‘A Roman blind brings softness, colour and pattern to a bathroom and helps absorb sound to make the room more comforting,’ says Sarah Quilliam, Head of Product Design, Hillarys. ‘Blue is a versatile colour, so take the blind as a starting point and paint walls in a mid shade of blue to create a warming effect and a colourful backdrop to white sanitary ware. Add in natural textures such as wicker laundry hampers or wooden storage ladders and hang pictures on the wall to inject personality.’

    Faux Wood shutters, Luxaflex.

    What is the best window treatment for my steamy bathroom?

    ‘Water resistant shutters are the perfect choice for wet and humid environments and can be used in bathrooms and en-suites,’ says Laura Pearse, Marketing Manager, Luxaflex. ‘The made to measure, faux wood shutters are durable, washable and resist the damaging effects of moisture.Available in a choice of wood shades, white or soft pastels, Tier on Tier shutters are a versatile choice for a bathroom as each section opens individually and slats can be angled to control light and maintain privacy.’

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