Seven country-bathroom must-haves you’ll want to splash out on!

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  • Tiles and towel rails, paint and wallpaper, blinds and shower screens, capacious storage – Country Homes & Interiors has designs on your bathroom

    1 Terrific tiles
    If you are looking for a floor design that looks authentic in a period country bathroom, consider Victorian-style ceramic tiles. We adore the Victorian range at Original Style, which comes in a palette of colours so you can create a pattern with two or more shades, adding a border if you desire. A pattern laid entirely in a neutral shade, as here, allows you to use more elaborate wall tiles without the two competing for attention. Tiles laid in York design, Original Style.

    Vintage-style patterned wall tiles are irresistible in a cosy cottage bathroom. We love Mandarin Stone’s embossed floral, lace and geometric designs, which have a pretty, delicate feel. Suitable for floors and walls, and available in six colours, they can be mixed and matched to achieve a romantic patchwork effect. Laccio Pink handmade tiles, Mandarin Stone.

    2 Heated towel rail
    Banish damp towels with a floor-standing
    towel rail-cum-radiator. The Radiator Company offers a classic design in two heights, with one or two projecting bars for hanging towels. Choose from four finishes: chrome with a white radiator, as here, antique bronze or copper with ivory, or satin nickel with white. Chalfont floor-standing towel rail, The Radiator Company.

    3 & 4 Bathroom paint and wallpaper
    The quickest way to give your bathroom a makeover is to leave the fittings alone and focus on decorating. Wallpaper is making a comeback in country bathrooms – there’s nothing like it for adding character to a functional space. Little Greene’s pretty paper used with high-quality paste is perfect for a bathroom. In wet areas, use a wipeable paint such as Little Greene’s Intelligent Eggshell. Norcombe wallpaper; Intelligent Eggshell, both Little Greene.

    5 Beautiful blinds
    Fabric is another way to bring colour and personality to a bathroom, and Roman blinds in a soft feminine floral, like this one from Hillarys, are especially suited to a coastal-style bathroom with tongue and groove panelling. Roman blind, Hillarys.

    6 Walk-in showers
    Does your compact bathroom feels cramped rather than ‘bijou’? A walk-in shower is a smart choice to create an illusion of extra space, and a frameless screen like this one helps make a small room look much more open. Shower screen, similar from Alternative Bathrooms. Spey bath, Drummonds.

    7 Clever storage
    A floor-standing vanity uses the otherwise wasted space underneath your basin. CP Hart’s elegant unit with stone top and mirrors is ideal for a couple or family, and can be lit inside so you can see the contents more easily. Regent vanity unit, CP Hart.

    For more country-style decorating ideas, see House to Home

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