Bathrooms are becoming so much more than just a practical space. Inspired by luxurious hotels, more and more of us want to transform our bathrooms into beautiful and relaxing havens to soak away the day’s worries and refresh. This is certainly the objective for my family bathroom renovation, for which I have been collecting ideas lately. With bathrooms on my mind, I am delighted to be teaming up with Soho Home to bring you this guide on how to bring a 5-star hotel feel to your bathroom; from the practical and style considerations, right down to lovely bathroom accessories that finish off the space beautifully and make it a joy to use every single day.
1. REQUIREMENTS & LAYOUT
If you are fully renovating it, the first thing to nail down is the layout, that is if you didn’t already have a layout that worked well. Play around with a scale drawing of the space and think about what you really want in the space. Many of us have to work with notoriously compact bathrooms so there has to be a balance between wants and needs: one sink vs a double vanity, a fitted bath vs a roll top bath, a shower bath vs a separate bath and shower enclosure, etc. Also consider what you’ll see first when you walk in. If you’re going for a statement bath, or having a gorgeous vanity, it’d be great to make that the first thing you see. If possible, tuck the loo away from first sight and, for ease of plumbing, keep it against or close to the external wall where your existing drainage is.
What a way to enter a bathroom! This is insanely luxurious and we can only dream, but it still makes the point of wowing with a beautiful vanity. Image: Jenna Lyons’ SoHo loft apartment via Katie Considers
A wall has been built to tuck away the loo here. If you’re short on space, imagine this without the wall. The concept still works, as the vanity draws your attention first. Image: Amber Interiors
The clawfoot bath is the star of the show in this bathroom. Image: Design*Sponge
Don’t let bathroom storage be an afterthought. Nothing takes away the feeling of luxury in a bathroom quicker than the clutter of toiletries. Hotel bathrooms don’t require much storage but real life family bathrooms definitely do, so plan in storage by way of a cupboard and/or a basin vanity with drawers or cupboards. A mirror cabinet above the basin is also very handy but keep it stylish. Additionally, have a little niche in the shower if you can for a neat way to store the soap and shampoo that is used daily, and a shelf or two to display some pretty stuff, because every space needs some pretty stuff (point 6 below covers more on this).
Essential practical storage can also be fabulous! Image: Decus Interiors
A stunning combination of closed and open storage! Image: fourteen.oh.five
Have you ever wondered why everyone looks better in hotel bathroom mirrors? It’s all in the lighting! Lighting mirrors evenly on either side limits shadows, perfect for makeup application or shaving. You also need good overhead lighting to create a bright well-lit room in the morning and soft low-level lighting for a relaxing evening soak in the tub. If you don’t have a separate source for ambient lighting, you can achieve the effect by having the overhead lighting on a dimmer.
The mirrors are flanked by chic sconces, with the opal glass softening the light. Image: Elms Interior Design
Whether your style is classic or contemporary, marble can’t be beaten for a timeless and luxe hotel look. Whether cladding your shower in marble or commissioning a marble countertop, this material in all its various forms exudes luxury. If swathing your bathroom in marble is blowing the budget, then marble-effect porcelain tiles, which I talked about in my previous post, are a more affordable and practical alternative.
Carrara marble tiles are combined with glazed brick tiles and black hardware to stunning effect. Image: Elizabeth Roberts
Large format marble-effect porcelain is used as a countertop and wall cladding in this gorgeous bathroom. Image: Cedar+Suede
Of course, marble isn’t the be-all and end-all for bathrooms. If you want a different look that still gives you a tranquil spa-style bathroom, glazed tiles in soothing colours are a wonderful option.
Zellige tiles in eau de nil tones create a relaxing bathroom. Image: Retrouvius
White glazed tiles in subtle tones bounce light and add texture and dimension. Image: Arkee Creative
6. THE PRETTY THINGS
When you’ve been through a renovation to create your dream bathroom, it’s only right that you treat yourself to the good stuff to really live the hotel bathroom experience at home! Engage your senses with soft fluffy bath linen, beautiful looking lotions and potions that smell just as good, and diffusers or scented candles. Have a look at all the gorgeous bathroom products at Soho Home to help you finish off your bathroom design and get you on your way to feeling pampered as you deserve to be! From hooks to hair putty, they have it all.
For any toiletries that are purchased at the supermarket, the trick is to decant them into pretty bottles and storage jars. Cotton balls, for example, look positively lovely when stored a pretty glass jar on the counter or shelf.
Finally, the tip that I use for every single space: greenery and wood are great for adding colour and life, especially so in a bathroom which may otherwise look aesthetically cold.
No bathroom should be without soft fluffy towels and robes. Image: Soho Home
Hotels use white towels which always look lovely, but coloured/patterned towels can be a great way to add contrast and interest to bathroom. Have matching towels but sew on different coloured hanging loops or tags for each person to avoid confusion! Image: Cedar+Suede
Pamper with lovely products. Image: TOL’KO Interiors
The fiddle leaf fig tree brings life and colour to this white bathroom, contributing to the dreamy spa-inspired vibe. Image: Liljencrantz Design
So these are my tips for creating a hotel-style look and feel in your bathroom for a gloriously luxurious experience you can enjoy every day. Are you renovating a bathroom or would you like to give yours a little revamp? What is your must-have thing in a bathroom? Let me know in the comments below!
This post is in collaboration with Soho Home. As always, all ideas, opinions and words are my own.