Melissa Pen­fold sings the praises of bath­room bliss.

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Melissa Pen­fold’s in­gre­di­ents for cre­at­ing bathing bliss.

BE­GIN BY ASK­ING how much bath­room space you have to work with, and what look and feel you are af­ter. There are great-look­ing and high-func­tion­ing bath­wares for all set­tings, whether you have got a spa­cious, spa-size bath­room or a tiny ur­ban space. Here’s what’s trend­ing. STATE­MENT PIECES Bath­rooms can look and feel cold with so many tiles, glass and metal so add warmth, tex­ture and char­ac­ter by in­clud­ing spe­cial pieces, from an­tique cab­i­nets to vin­tage chairs and wooden stools. DES­TI­NA­TION BATHTUBS The bath­tub is a place to rest, heal, un­plug and in­dulge in the ul­ti­mate lux­ury: time out. TOW­ELS While waf­fle weave, flat-wo­ven and ribbed tex­tures are read­ily avail­able, for soft, plush tow­els, terry is my favourite and the best bet for adding in­stant luxe. VAR­IE­GATED GLAZED TILES Pat­terned tiles dom­i­nate small spa­ces and date – go for solid-coloured tiles in neu­trals with vari­a­tions in glazes that are beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral, have en­dur­ing ap­peal and will work with suc­ces­sive schemes.

SOAPS Pa­per-wrapped, hard-milled soaps add a layer of dec­o­ra­tion to bath­rooms plus you won’t be adding to the tril­lions of tonnes of plas­tic waste. I buy pure un­scented soaps at $2 for four cakes – so I can put out fresh new bars on wash­basins and bath­tub racks for guests. SOFT SHINE Naked light is out. Sub­tle in­di­rect fix­tures, such as sconces and un­der-cabi­net light­ing, are the new ul­ti­mate lux­ury for cre­at­ing am­bi­ence.

BLACK TAPS Tap­ware in black of­fers a pure kind of de­sign lan­guage and it looks cooler and sharper than brass and gold.

BACK IN THE LIME­LIGHT Chrome is ready to shine again. It has a kind of magic liq­uid­ity that can’t be matched. DE­TAILS THAT MAT­TER New door­knobs, cup­board han­dles, tap­ware, light switches and win­dow latches are quick ways to add very af­ford­able class to a bath­room. AC­CES­SORIES Re­place old, mis­matched ac­ces­sories: a pair of art­fully placed stone dishes per­haps, or new tow­els, will make it look as if you have spent more than you have. BE STRICT WITH YOURSELF Avoid too many knick-knacks, or at least group them so they read as an in­stal­la­tion. BUB­BLES AND POTIONS A tray is a good way to or­gan­ise potions, lo­tions, bub­bles and unguents. It’s about mak­ing your col­lec­tions feel edited and well dis­played.

MIR­ROR MAGIC A mir­rored wall dou­bles the light and the im­pres­sion of space in any room. Give it a try – it works! LUX­URY COMES IN MANY FORMS Layer your bath­room with sound-ab­sorb­ing ma­te­ri­als. Stacks of tow­els, cur­tains, rugs and art can soften the hard lines of ar­chi­tec­ture.

1 Boffi ‘Fisher Is­land’ bath­tub by Piero Lis­soni and CRS Boffi, POA, and ‘L14’ wash­basin by Nor­bert Wan­gen, POA, 2 J’Jute ‘Bazaar’ tall fringed jute bas­ket, $249, dun­ 3 L’Ar­ti­san Par­fumeur ‘Man­da­rina Cor­sica’ EDP, $209/100ml, lib­ertinepar­ 4 Bragg & Co ‘Anna’ high-lac­quer large etagere, $1225, brag­ 5 Agape ‘Cooper’ pol­ished stain­less-steel shower cur­tains, POA, arte­do­ 6 Boffi ‘Terra’ bath­tub by Naoto Fuka­sawa, POA, 7 Bem­boka ‘Luxe’ face washer, $12, hand towel, $34, bath towel, $74, and bath sheet, $99, bem­ 8 L’Ar­ti­san Par­fumeur ‘Oranger en Fleurs’ scented can­dle, $99, lib­ertinepar­ 9 Boffi ‘Ark’ bath­tub by Naoto Fuka­sawa, POA, 10 Rogerselle­r ‘Ec­cen­trico’ basin, $16,999, rogerselle­

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