Ideal Home Bathroom Award Winners 2023 – celebrating the best in bathrooms this year

Immerse yourself in Ideal Home's bathroom design highlights

Blue bathroom with modern freestanding bath in front of tall window
(Image credit: Wickes)

Often the smallest room in the house, our bathroom is often one of the most hard-working, which is why it deserves celebrating. To showcase our love of great bathroom design, this year we launched our first ever Ideal Home Bathroom Awards to join our portfolio of awards, including the Ideal Home Kitchen Awards. 

A wealth of fantastic entries from some of the UK's leading bathroom brands was judged by Ideal Home's team of expert editors, each with experience and knowledge of different aspects of bathroom design. The judging panel enjoyed looking through every entry in 11 categories, ranging from best tiles to the highly-sought-after Bathroom of the Year award. 

The Ideal Home Bathroom Award Winners 2023

The expert judging panel of expert editors selected the deserving winners from across the bathroom world, covering all aspect of bathroom design from the best surfaces, genius innovation and the One Small Step sustainability award. 

The Judges

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Heather Young

Heather Young has worked for the UK's leading homes magazines for over 20 years. Starting out as a houses and makeovers editor, Heather tracked down the very best bathroom makeovers to feature in the pages of magazines, sourcing them and styling them on photo shoots. A serial renovator, Heather has also completed her own bathroom renovations, from family bathrooms to downstairs WCs. She moved into her current home two and half years ago, and is currently busy planning how to update the dated bathroom.

Ginevra Bennedetti
Ginevra Benedetti

Ginevra Benedetti has worked for the majority of the UK's homes magazines over the last two decades, and - among others - as been writing for Ideal Home for over 11 years. She has written about bathrooms of all shapes and sizes, from makeovers to tiles, bathroom suites and the rest. She has edited three bathroom supplements, as well as Ideal Home's Bathroom Handbook and is always keen to celebrate new innovation and sustainability in bathroom design.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Thea Babington-Stitt

Thea joined the Ideal Home team in 2021 and started her current role as Assistant Editor in 2022. She has interests across every area of homes - from kitchens and bathrooms to technology and colour schemes. Over the past couple of years she has interviewed some of the most renowned names in interior design and is passionate about talking to people to discover new ideas, theories and ways of looking at design. 

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Ali Lovett

Ali Lovett is a London-based freelance stylist and writer, as well as Ideal Home's Houses Editor. Each month, she sources, commissions, edits (and sometimes styles) four reader homes and three room makeovers for the magazine - one of which is a bathroom -  seeing into the homes of readers up and down the country in the process. 

Ideal Home's Bathroom of the Year Winner: Wickes

Blue bathroom with modern freestanding bath in front of tall window

(Image credit: Wickes)

The Green Park bathroom from Wickes is a smart bathroom solution at a great value price. ‘Every inch of this range looks like it’s high end rather than high street,’ says Heather Young, Ideal Home’s Editor in Chief. ‘The Green Park range is the perfect example of luxe for less.’

Highly commended: Utopia Roseberry bathroom

Best Tiles Winner: Tile Mountain

Beige bathroom with large format marble effect porcelain tiles and a floating vanity unit

(Image credit: Tile Mountain)

The Onyx marble effect polished porcelain tiles were a worthy winner when it came to the best bathroom tile ideas. ‘These large format tiles guarantee minimal grout lines, while the marble look exudes spa-style luxe,’ says Thea Babington-Stitt, Ideal Home’s Assistant Editor.

Best Storage Solution Winner: Keuco

Modern bathroom with wall hung vanity unit with built-in lighting

(Image credit: Keuco)

We all know that bathroom storage ideas are a must when planning the perfect space. There’s no point creating your dream bathroom if it’s going to be stuffed full of clutter, and the judges loved the clean lines of Keuco’s Stageline range. ‘This sleek range features clever integrated lighting that will create a bathroom feature as well as add a gentle glow at night-time,’ says Ideal Home’s Deputy Editor Ginevra Benedetti.

Best Surface Winner: Showerwall

Large-format wall panels in a bathroom with a tropical pattern behind a freestanding bath

(Image credit: Showerwall)

‘This look-at-me wall panelling collection from Showerwall is such a brilliant way to add bathroom colour ideas and pattern to your space. There are so many designs to choose from, from florals to marble, wood to tile-effect,’ says Heather.

Highly commended: Mermaid Elite range in Scafell Slate

Best Tap Winner: JTP

Brass bathroom mixer tap on a white basin

(Image credit: JTO)

The right brassware will offer the perfect finish touch for any bathroom, and JTP's EVO collection in Brushed Bronze ticked all the style and performance boxes for the judges. ‘With lots of continuity across the range, this on-trend finish looks like it would wear well,’ says Ali Lovett, Ideal Home’s Houses Editor. ‘It’s perfect for a dark coloured bathroom,' she adds.

Best Modern Bathroom Winner: Crosswater

Bathroom with neutral tones and a modern wood panelled wall behind the freestanding bath

(Image credit: Crosswater)

Modern bathroom ideas are always popular, and this category celebrates the very best of modern design. ‘We love the inclusion of the wood-effect panelling in the Limit bathroom range from Crosswater,’ say Heather Young. ‘It feels so of the moment and has an instant calming effect.’ This range is ideal for helping you to create a bathroom retreat at home with its neutral tones, clean lines, and natural wood-effect finishes.

Highly commended: RAK Ceramics Valet bathroom

Best Showerhead Winner: Kelda Showers

Large silver showerhead in a black shower enclosure

(Image credit: Kelda Showers)

With walk-in shower ideas and spa-style spaces leading the way in bathroom trends this year, the best showerhead is a must for that full wellness experience. Kelda Showers’ BubbleSpa shower  features the brand's unique BubbleRain spray, which forms very large droplets filled with air that fall softly on the body for a luxurious shower feel. ‘A shower that rains bubbles? What’s not to love?’ says judge Ginevra Benedetti. ‘It’s also a big energy and water saver, too.’

Highly commended: Methven AIO S

Best Innovation Winner: Bathroom Mountain

White bathroom with walk in shower enclosure

(Image credit: Bathroom Mountain)

We love genius solutions that make life easier or our spaces work harder. Bathroom Mountain’s Munich range of framed glass walk-in shower enclosures and wet room panels give you the tools to create a spa-style space without the stress of a wet room. ‘Available in a clear panel or a grid look, the ingenious pivotal section makes access far easier for all ages,’ says Thea Babington-Stitt. 

'One Small Step for Sustainability' Winner: Kaldewei

Light-filled bathroom with light floor and large freestanding grey bath

(Image credit: Kaldewei)

The subject of green homes is high on our agenda here at Ideal Home, and this category gives a shout out to the companies that are working hard on sustainable bathroom products. Kaldewei’s Oyo Duo bath is a worthy winner. ‘Made from recyclable material, this eco bath is a top performer,’ says Ginevra. 

Highly commended: Grohe Cradle to Cradle certified products; Multipanel’s tile collection

Best Use of Colour Winner: BC Designs

Pink fluted freestanding bath in front of a window in a white bathroom

(Image credit: BC Designs)

It can be tricky to find bathroom colour ideas that feel contemporary and fresh, but BC Designs Cian collection has nailed it. ‘Available in a choice of eight stunning colourways, this is the ultimate statement bath,’ says Ali Lovett.

Highly commended: Bespoke by Burlington

Best Classic Bathroom Winner: Victoria Plum

Run of built-in blue bathroom cupboards with twin basins

(Image credit: Victoria Plum)

If you’re looking for a timeless design that will work for traditional or modern homes, Victoria Plum’s Orchard Bathroom Dulwich collection should be top of your list (it was with the judges!). ‘There are so many options and add-ons to help you create your dream bathroom,’ says Heather Young. ‘We love the updated navy colourway, too.’

Highly commended: Burlington Riviera

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.