How to bring hotel chic to your bathroom


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.


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.

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Jenna Lyons Soho Loft Bathroom
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

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Bathroom design by Amber Interiors
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

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Statement black clawfoot bath, white metro tiles
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).

Deep burgundy marble-topped vanity || Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense
Essential practical storage can also be fabulous! Image: Decus Interiors

Combining closed and open storage || Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense
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.

Bathroom renovation tips from First Sense || Lighting a bathroom
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 is beautiful 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 real marble is blowing the budget, then marble-effect porcelain tiles are a more affordable and practical alternative.

Marble tiled bathroom at The Ned || Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense
This marble-tiled bathroom at The Ned London, with gorgeous Cowshed products, sets the tone for a luxurious pampering experience.

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Marble tiles combined with glazed brick tiles
Carrara marble tiles are combined with glazed brick tiles and black hardware to stunning effect. Image: Elizabeth Roberts

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Marble-effect porcelain
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.

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Eau de nil Zellige tiles create a soothing bathroom
Zellige tiles in eau de nil tones create a relaxing bathroom. Image: Retrouvius

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Tonal white glazed tiles
White glazed tiles in subtle tones bounce light and add texture and dimension. Image: Arkee Creative


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.

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Soft fluffy bathlinen from Soho Home
No bathroom should be without soft fluffy towels and robes. Image: Soho Home

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Pretty bathroom towels
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

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Beautiful bathroom accessories
Pamper with lovely products. Image: TOL’KO Interiors

Bathroom renovation tips by First Sense || Dreamy spa-like bathroom
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.


  1. 5 September 2018 / 12:44 pm

    This is a great post. We are just finishing off our bathroom renovation and I am delighted we seem to have nailed most of these pretty well even in a small space. The dimmer switch for the overhead light was the best design decision I have ever made – it means I can still read in my candlelit bath without needing a million candles!
    I can’t wait to have it completely finished, but I already love it in there, absolutely worth going the extra mile to create a calming and beautiful space since we use it daily.

    • Meera
      6 September 2018 / 9:53 am

      Happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this post, Anna! Sounds like you’ve done a beautiful job with your bathroom xx

  2. 7 September 2018 / 10:32 am

    These bathrooms are all absolutely stunning and making me want to redo our bathroom, ha! Our bathroom is definitely lacking in the “pretty things” category, which I think is one of the reasons I don’t quite *love* it yet – It’s just a bit toooo minimal for my liking. Definitely need to add some plants, prints and a bit more style (eventually).

    Great tips 🙂

    • Meera
      8 September 2018 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you Kezzabeth! Sounds like you know what you need to do to give your bathroom that lovely finishing touch that’ll make it a joy to use 🙂

  3. seasonsincolour
    8 September 2018 / 8:11 am

    I am about to squeal with excitement… I have just received the products for our bathroom update and they are so good I cannot wait to give myself that boutique hotel look as well!!!!

    • Meera
      8 September 2018 / 3:29 pm

      That IS exciting, Jenny! I can’t wait to see your bathroom come together, I know it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous!

  4. 12 September 2018 / 11:59 pm

    As always, a very inspirational post. Now I just wish my bathroom looked like one of those 🙂 Oh, and I just voted for you, good luck!

    • Meera
      14 September 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thank you and thank you, Anne Marie! 🤗❤️️

  5. 22 September 2018 / 2:33 pm

    I’m in the process of converting my loft and looking at all the options out there. Love some of the pictures above, especially those gorgeous vanity units.

    • Meera
      28 September 2018 / 11:50 am

      A beautiful vanity unit makes all the difference in a bathroom! 🙂

  6. 28 September 2018 / 8:37 pm

    A bathroom renovation is imminent here and this is such a useful post. I’ve had some help from an interior designer to kind of narrow down my ideas and come up with cohesive plans. Lighting and storage are my two key things … and a shower that actually works 😉

    • Meera
      30 September 2018 / 3:19 pm

      Happy to hear you’ve found this useful, Rachel! Good luck with your bathroom renovation, can’t wait to see the transformation! xx

  7. 30 September 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I love all the gorgeous images you’ve chosen here. And you’re right about the storage. We spent more than we planned on our new ensuite to get a bigger vanity unit and it’s worth every penny for the clutter it hides!

    • Meera
      15 October 2018 / 9:47 am

      Thank you Victoria, delighted to like the post :-). You’ve been smart about getting a bigger vanity unit, that’s exactly what I’m going to be doing too! xx

  8. 7 October 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Oh my goodness I’m so impatient to do both our bathrooms and these are such stylish inspirations. Especially loving those long oval mirrors X #HomeEtc

    • Meera
      15 October 2018 / 9:49 am

      I’m feeling the same Lins! Really hoping 2019 is the year I can finally renovate mine. I love those oval mirrors too, they look amazing. A beautiful custom job 👌

  9. 9 October 2018 / 6:58 pm

    Ohhhhhhh — WOW to have a bathroom large enough to warrant a pair of Crittall doors eh?? I love all of these picks Meera.

    Our house isn’t really big enough to carry any off some of the things I’d like to do. I LOVE that double marble sink with the grey drawers beneath. Maybe after my lottery win???? 😉 #HomeEtc

    • Meera
      15 October 2018 / 9:52 am

      The grey and marble vanity is my favourite here too! So pretty. Always good to have a dream, Caro! 🙂 Our current bathroom and WC are small and badly designed, so I’m very excited that we’ll be increasing their size a bit – enough to make a significant difference – when we renovate.

  10. 14 October 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I wish I had a big bathroom with a lovely fiddle leaf fig tree. To be honest, my bathroom renovation is at least 7-10 years away. But your tips regarding greenery and wood touches can help make my space a bit happier inth meantime.

    • Meera
      15 October 2018 / 9:55 am

      If only homes in this country had at least one big bathroom. They’d make a huge difference to the way we live and relax at home. I also love the serene feel of the bathroom with the fiddle leaf above. Ours won’t be big enough for a freestanding bath, but hoping to figure out a design that still feels relaxing while being super functional. Yes, greenery and wood always helps!

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