Outdated to wow! Tired bathroom gets a luxurious hotel-style makeover

Delays and logistical headaches didn’t stop one couple from creating a dream bathroom
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  • When they first viewed this house the buyers could see that the bathroom was a good size but that it required a complete update. A few months after getting the keys, they revamped the space with spectacular results.

    ‘There was an issue with the position of the waste pipes from the new bath, so we had to build extra box space to accommodate a new layout for the pipes’ recalls the owner.

    Before: Tired looking bathroom

    Bathroom Before Shot

    Photography: Anna Urban

    ‘Planning in advance is key and preparing yourself for delays’ they advise. ‘We had a two-month delay on the taps but our motto is good things are worth waiting for! If you can, buy your items as far in advance of the works as possible – this probably would have taken 10 days instead of two months if not for all the delays.’

    But the new bathroom really was worth the wait…

    After: Luxurious hotel-style bathroom

    Monochrome bathroom makeover with marble walls, black gloss tiles

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    Wow, what a difference!

    ‘Our bathroom reflects our love and appreciation of luxury interior design and modern glamour’ explains the homeowner. ‘We always wanted a hotel-like feel in the bathroom, and now staying at home feels like we’ve already checked in!’

    Design detail 1: Gloss chevron tiles

    Monochrome bathroom with marble walls, gloss black furniture, circular mirror

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    The couple incorporated hexagonal matt black chevron wall tiles to create a more unusual pattern for the basin wall. A black gloss storage unit beneath adds to the hotel-chic feel.

    Design detail 2: Double mirrors

    Monochrome bathroom with glossy black wall tiles and double circular mirrors

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    A pair of mirrors with an unusual circular lighting design feature create a luxurious feel above the black marble basins and gold taps.

    ‘I love having a bath in here or doing my make-up in front of these mirrors’ exclaims the homeowner. ‘The fact that there are two of everything has even made brushing our teeth more sociable!’

    Design detail 3: Gold taps

    Bathroom with gloss black chevron tiles and gold taps

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    Since their heyday in the 1970s, gold taps are back on the list of interior design must-haves for bathrooms. ‘I’ve been a fan of gold taps for quite some time. My previous bath had gold hardware which I loved, so I knew how good they would look here. They make a real statement’.

    Wall mounted taps give more control over placement making it possible to create more space between the tap and basin. The waterfall effect of the water also creates an at-home spa feel.

    Design detail 4: Contemporary bath tub

    Monochrome bathroom with marble walls and contemporary freestanding bath

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    The modern egg shaped bath tub is the height of luxury. ‘We sacrificed having a shower, but we’ve got a separate shower room on the top floor, so it wasn’t essential.’

    Marble floor tiles create a sense of luxury and drama – there are also cheaper, marble imitation tiles available if your budget doesn’t stretch to the real deal.

    Design detail 5: Gold filler tap

    Contemporary bath tub with gold single spout tap

    Image credit: Future PLC/ James French

    The couple choose a fabulous matching gold filler tap for the bath as well as a gold trim in between the tiles, which adds drama and opulence, as well as helping individual tiles to stand out.

    ‘Installation and plastering cost us around £1,700. We saved £1,000 by gutting the old bathroom, painting and tiling the mosaic wall ourselves.’

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