Be inspired by this brilliant bathroom transformation

Planning a new look for your bathroom? Check out this glamorous makeover and take away some ideas for your own project

Buying an old rental apartment in East Sussex gave the owners the chance to work with a blank canvas when it came to their bathroom. It was a small windowless room that had been created by stealing space from the living room and had basic sanitaryware, magnolia walls and cheap linoleum flooring that looked drab and uninspiring.

The couple wanted a bathroom design that would make their space look bigger and feel more luxurious, but without doing any major structural work, so to create more space they took out the false ceiling and moved the door to the left of the room.

The new layout created space for both a shower and a bath. 'We were adamant that we wanted a low-profile walk-in shower, plus a roll-top bath,' say the couple. And they managed to squeeze in both by opting for a compact bath and a shower with a wet-room-style floor instead of a bulky shower tray.

1/10 Glamorous gold bathroom

bathroom with white wall and bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Inspiration for the gold detailing came from a stay at a glamorous London hotel where they saw the gold metro tiles around a pillar in the bar and thought they'd look amazing in the bathroom. 'The company we bought the fittings from advised us to keep the rest of the design simple, to avoid it looking like Liberace's en-suite!' the couple laugh, 'but we think that the white porcelain tones the look down enough to avoid that.'

Bath
The Brighton Bath Company (opens in new tab)
Similar floor tiles
Walls and Floors (opens in new tab)

2/10 Walk-in shower

bathroom with white monochrome wall and golden pipe fittings

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The low-profile shower screen doors give the open wet-room look that the couple wanted. The tiled floor removes the need for a bulky shower tray.

Screen and shower fittings
Cifial (opens in new tab)
Similar gold tiles
Walls and Floors (opens in new tab)

3/10 Smart tiling

bathroom with white wall and gold pipe fittings

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Using grey grouting instead of white makes the metro tiles really stand out. The inset area provides storage space for shower kit.

White tiles
Topps Tiles (opens in new tab)
Shower fittings
Cifial (opens in new tab)

4/10 Glam radiator

bathroom with white wall and slim gold towel warmer

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A slimline towel warmer in a gold finish adds a touch of luxury, while still being functional.

Towel warmer
Bard & Brazier (opens in new tab)
Embroidered bath towel
House of Fraser (opens in new tab)

5/10 Chic basin

bathroom with white wall and gold pipe fittings

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A wall-mounted sink in a smaller size maximises the space.

Basin
Duravit (opens in new tab)
Basin mixer tap
Cifial (opens in new tab)

6/10 Ornate bath

bathroom with grey floor and ornate feet white bathtub

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

A slipper bath with ornate feet helps create the luxe look.

Bath
The Brighton Bath Company (opens in new tab)
Similar floor tiles
Walls and Floors (opens in new tab)

7/10 Gold taps

bathroom with white wall and gold electroplated basin fixtures

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The basin fixtures, loo flush and bath mixer taps were all electroplated in gold to make sure that the shade was consistent.

Bath mixer in gold
Cifial (opens in new tab)
White metro tiles
Topps Tiles (opens in new tab)

8/10 Storage niche

bathroom with white wall and gold plated storage shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Building a recess shelf into the shower gives valuable storage within the compact bathroom, while the gold tiles turn it into a feature.

Similar gold tiles
Walls and Floors (opens in new tab)
Toiletries
Attic (opens in new tab)

9/10 Luxe toiletries

bathroom with white and gold tiles and toiletries

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Gold tiles add a touch of hotel-style luxury.

Similar gold tiles
Walls and Floors (opens in new tab)
Gold ginger jar
Mitzi B (opens in new tab)

10/10 Before the work was done

bathroom with cream wall and mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

The bathroom before the makeover.  What a transformation!

Lisa Fazzani
Lisa Fazzani

Lisa is a freelance journalist who has written about interiors for more than 25 years and has worked on all the major homes titles, primarily Ideal Home, but also including Homes & Gardens, Country Homes & Interiors, Style at Home, Livingetc, Woman & Home, Easy Gardens and Good Homes magazines. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person, as well as being a serial shopper/bargain hunter.