Designers' top tips for creating luxe bathrooms

Bathrooms don't have to be boring. Using a little bit of imagination can turn it into a place of indulgence.
Jane Ussher

Bathrooms don't have to be boring. Using a little bit of imagination can turn it into a place of indulgence.

The bathroom – no longer simply a functional room, but more often a space to unwind, pamper yourself and retreat. From old-school glamour to marbled opulence or sophisticated and streamlined designs, there are countless ways to transform the bathroom into a luxurious and glamorous place of indulgence.

OLD WORLD GLAMOUR

The elegant and eye-catching black and white tiles add a touch of old-school glamour to this en suite bathroom, with the deep cast iron black clawfoot bath a bold  focal point. Brushed metal brass fittings complete the traditional look.

Classic black and white tiles meet crisp white walls and brass fittings for a look of sophistication in this en suite ...
Heyes Johnson

Classic black and white tiles meet crisp white walls and brass fittings for a look of sophistication in this en suite bathroom.

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GRAPHIC EFFECT

A floor to ceiling graphic tile mosaic is a powerful statement piece that adds the 'wow' factor.
Jane Ussher

A floor to ceiling graphic tile mosaic is a powerful statement piece that adds the 'wow' factor.

A graphic tile design can create an immediate impact in a bathroom. These glass mosaic tiles not only add colour and pattern to the sophisticated design, they are a dramatic showpiece.

THE MIDAS TOUCH

Touches of precious metals add opulence, as this beautiful powder room demonstrates.  

Crystal, metallics and rich colours work together to make a truly luxurious bathroom.
Kallan MacLeod

Crystal, metallics and rich colours work together to make a truly luxurious bathroom.

"Metallic colours ooze luxury," says its interior designer Natalie Du Bois. The iridescent champagne and red wallpaper combined with a dark chocolate painted ceiling gives this powder room a moody aesthetic. Three crystal pendants add to the lavish effect.

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SPA-LIKE ZEN

The spa look of this clean-lined bathroom is complete with glorious fluffy robes hung against the floor to ceiling metallic tiles.

Two white fluffy robes deliver a 'spa-like' vibe.
Tessa Chrisp

Two white fluffy robes deliver a 'spa-like' vibe.

Being able to look outdoors while privately soaking in this deep free-standing bath adds to the feeling of indulgent relaxation.

LIGHT FANTASTIC

Statement lighting such as a sparkling chandelier or pendant can give an instant glitzy appeal, as this Wellington bathroom demonstrates. "Add a beautiful framed mirror to reflect light back into the room," says its interior designer Bridget Foley.

Nothing says glamorous quite like a sparkly chandelier and opulent vanity.
Caitlin Lomas

Nothing says glamorous quite like a sparkly chandelier and opulent vanity.

Interior designers Bridget Foley and Natalie Du Bois give their expert tips on how to add a touch of glamour to the bathroom:

Bridget Foley says:

* Bring in sparkle with mirrors that bounce light.

* Add accessories in metallic colours, such as silver bowls to hold jewellery, or a beaten copper tray.

* Invest in little extras, such as liquid soap in a beautiful dispenser and plenty of fresh puffy towels.

* Don't let a glam bathroom down with supermarket packaging.

* Glossy surfaces (rather than matt) also work to bounce light around the room and make the space feel more lavish.

* Hide as much clutter as possible with clever storage – there's no need to display toilet rolls and toothbrushes.

* Splash out on hardwearing, timeless surfaces like marble and Caesarstone – it's a false economy to cut corners as water and steam will eventually mean cheaper products need replacing. 

Natalie Du Bois says:

* Incorporate some soft touches, such as an upholstered ottoman alongside the bath.

* Brushed-steel tapware is a deluxe take on standard chrome.

* Opt for a sculpted, curvaceous shape rather than straight lines. 

* Where possible, build in recessed niches for candles or individual flowers in a vase.

* A rain-head shower rose, built into the ceiling (with its own lighting incorporated) lends blissful opulence.

 - NZ House & Garden

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