Project in­spi­ra­tion hot trends from ho­tel bath­rooms

Take in­spi­ra­tion from some of the world’s most stylish schemes to cre­ate a su­pe­rior suite at home

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Nine key themes to em­u­late from some of the hippest bou­tique ho­tels across the globe


there’s a cer­tain in­sou­ciance that comes with a bathing space that cel­e­brates per­fectly im­per­fect plas­ter­work. It’s a weath­ered, worn look that says, ‘this old riad? had it for years, dar­ling…’ ho­tels that work the peeled-back, palazzo-look in­clude G-rough in Rome and lon­don’s Rough luxe. the trick – as all hip ho­tels know – is to add el­e­ments that con­trast dra­mat­i­cally with the rough, be it slick con­tem­po­rary art­work, poised Giò ponti chairs or shiny brass­work. Just don’t leave an unini­ti­ated builder alone in the house – he’ll have those rough walls skimmed up in no time.


Whether you as­pire to art Deco deca­dence, mod­ern min­i­mal­ism or daz­zling tes­sel­la­tions that dance across walls and floors, black and white gets it right ev­ery time. Out­lines in­stantly look clearer and glossy basins ap­pear squeaky clean set against black – al­ways a good vibe to chan­nel in a bathing space. it’s the rea­son iconic ho­tels re­tain their Twen­ties tiles (lon­don’s clar­idge’s, new York’s The Plaza) or re­in­state them in more ar­rest­ing pat­terns (The Mark Ho­tel in nyc). it’s also why the plain white metro still out­sells any other style at Topps Tiles… and why self­ies al­ways look bet­ter with a black-and-white filter…

‘White pre­dom­i­nates, cre­at­ing the mood of an airy artist’s stu­dio, yet with the lux­ury fit­tings of an el­e­gant home’ Zorislav Petrić, project ar­chi­tect, 3LHD

‘Retro taps and cast-iron baths feel as if they have been here for decades, yet of­fer the com­fort of today’ Jorge Almeida, gen­eral man­ager, vidago Palace

3 Clas­sic glam­our

A mark of a lux­ury ho­tel bath­room is hav­ing ample space to do your own thing. You wouldn’t catch the

habitués of palaz­zos and stately homes jostling for mir­ror space, or the first squeeze of the tooth­paste. even in a more bi­jou bath­room, dec­o­ra­tive touches that you’d also find in a liv­ing room, such as painted wood pan­elling, hand­crafted cab­i­netry and framed art­work, can cre­ate an air of grandeur. Clas­sic glam­our keeps colour re­fined, with one calm shade dom­i­nat­ing rather than an un­ruly cacophony of tones. For the fi­nal touch, keep brass­ware sim­i­lar but co­or­di­nated, in­stead of bulk-bought matchy-matchy.

‘The bath­room is part of the po­etic, colour­ful, al­most sur­real world of Karim Rashid, which en­gages tech­nol­ogy, tex­tures and colour to cre­ate an un­clut­tered, sen­sual en­vi­ron­ment’ Jes­sica emde, mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, nhow Ber­lin

4 Cool Curves

se­duc­tive, or­ganic shapes or space-age swirls im­me­di­ately let you know a bath­room wasn’t bought off the peg. Cur­va­ceous fit­tings also give off an aura of creative dream­ing, of a de­signer who isn’t work­ing to rule, but can take a line for a walk and let it spi­ral into a de­light­ful doo­dle… Curvy de­signs are also per­fectly placed to har­ness the lat­est in­no­va­tions in bath­room ma­te­ri­als. Tinted ser­pen­tine glass can be com­bined with chro­mother­apy, while de­li­ciously pli­able Cristalplant com­pos­ite can be moulded into new shapes, as demon­strated by the play­ful folds of Michael Bouquil­lon’s strip bath for Aqua­mass.

5 chic mar­ble

ever adapt­able and durable, mar­ble can be worked into the lat­est tile for­mats and for­ma­tions or, for all-out in­dul­gence, go for book-matched slabs. as louisa mor­gan, di­rec­tor at man­darin Stone, says, ‘it’s a ma­te­rial that of­fers end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. it varies from pure white to shades of gold, pink, green, grey and black. mar­ble also works as a high-gloss ma­te­rial, or can be honed for a so­phis­ti­cated matt fin­ish.’ ho­tel spaces give de­sign­ers the free­dom to ex­per­i­ment with fin­ishes and the ma­te­rial’s nat­u­ral vein­ing. ‘Fresh new for­mats we’re cur­rently see­ing in­clude her­ring­bone, chevron and oc­tag­o­nal tiles, as well as im­pres­sive large-for­mat sizes,’ mor­gan adds.

‘Moody colours, nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and finely crafted ob­jects cre­ate a space where guests feel as though time has been sus­pended’ David rock­well, founder and pres­i­dent, rock­well Group

Project de­tails Ac­tor Lupita Ny­ong’o once soaked in this bath amid a sea of rose­buds for Vogue.It’s at El Fenn, Morocco, and is made from tade­lakt. The project was con­ceived by gen­eral man­ager Willem Smit, but Tade­lakt Lon­don can cre­ate walls, £125 per sq m, and a bath like this for ap­prox £2,000. Words / Jo leev­ers * pic­ture re­search / Ni­cola Rowe

Project de­tails sat­is­fy­ing sym­me­try and be­spoke fit­tings in al­mond green set a re­gal mood at the Vidago Palace Ho­tel in Por­tu­gal. The bath­room and wash­stand were de­signed by José Pe­dro Vieira and diogo Rosa Lã. The Chich­ester curved basin base, from £1,770, by nep­tune, is a sim­i­lar style, as is the galleon bath, from £1,595, by Hurling­ham The Bath Com­pany, and the devon tile, £25.25 per sq m, from Tons of Tiles.

Project de­tails Twin basins and mir­rors, de­signed by ar­chi­tect An­to­nio gi­rardi for Rome’s Palazzo dama, shine out against an inky back­drop. This is Pa­tri­cia Urquiola’s Vieques bath for Agape, from £7,774.50, at West One Bath­rooms.

Project de­tails new York de­signer Karim Rashid’s ‘digipop’ de­signs dance through this bath­room at nhow Ber­lin. The tiles are be­spoke to Rashid’s de­sign, as is the shower, cre­ated by Bayer glas­bau. Try the Chioc­ci­ola spi­ral en­clo­sure de­signed for Agape, £13,277, at West One Bath­rooms, with op­tional chro­mother­apy; or Matki’s eau­zone Plus Curved screen, from £2,236.80.

Project de­tails This bath­room at Hô­tel du Clôitre in Ar­les is by de­signer in­dia Mah­davi. The tiles were made be­spoke to her de­sign, but check out her range at Bisazza, from £162 per sq m. This is the Tre­fle mir­ror, also by in­dia Mah­davi.

Project de­tails At The Time new York, the Rock­well group de­sign team went for dra­matic sweeps of book-matched mar­ble. stone Age can pro­vide book-matched stat­u­ary mar­ble, from £1,200 per sq m. The black Jee-o soho hand shower, £922, at CP Hart, is sim­i­lar to this one.

Project de­tails gold on mar­ble in Robert de niro’s The green­wich Ho­tel, NYC, de­signed by sa­man­tha Crasco. This is Ur­ban Archaeology’s es­tate bath, £18,330; and in­dus­trial wash­stand, £10,100. Ar­cade’s Al­bany bath, £3,190, at West One Bath­rooms, is com­pa­ra­ble.

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