Big style for the smallest room
Bathrooms and loos can be an unexpected boon for the creative designer, says Lanassir Lawes
Interior design is not a job, it’s a way of life. I spend far too much time analysing restaurants, shops, hotels, the pages of the property paper deciding why a scheme works – or not as the case may be – and boring my friends and family with the details.
It is through observing that seeds are planted and ideas develop for projects that I am working on. I always strive to come up with something a little unusual or unexpected detail that gives a wow factor when one walks through the door.
Recently I have found myself working on several bathroom and cloakroom projects as part of full
Baths and basins can be sculpted from beautiful materials, if budget allows, and therefore become focal points in larger rooms
home designs. A cloakroom can be great fun as it’s a room that is only used for short amounts of time.
The small picture shows a scheme that I have just put together for a client for their reasonably-sized guest toilet with vaulted ceiling that allows for dramatic lights and will suit the intense colours; I’m rather excited about seeing this scheme in place.
Bathrooms can appear cold and clinical because of the practical surfaces that are required but I always strive to add as much colour and texture as with any other room in the home. Baths and basins can be sculpted from beautiful materials, if budget allows, and therefore become focal points in larger rooms.
The most popular choice is to have classic white sanitaryware and then decorate around them. I wouldn’t necessarily choose a toilet and a basin from the same range as long as there is consistency in the shape.
The next choice is the brassware; the style of tap should complement the basin and also be comfortable for everyone to use – very square taps can be uncomfortable to grip.
Wall and floor finishes is where the overall feel of the room is set. Practicality is the always the first consideration and I recommend a hard flooring that has a high resistance to water but I tend to only tile walls that are vulnerable.
The wet room has a tiled floor to suit the contemporary style of the property. The concrete effect tiles continue up the wall behind the toilet and basin. I tend to choose a large format, matt tile to cover large areas that have a small amount of textural pattern.
The end wall of the shower is the main feature with grey and white tiles fitted in a herringbone pattern, these tiles have a shiny finish and are a complete contrast to the concrete.
It is these touches of creativity that can give a highly functional wow factor… and a little plant shelf above the mirror was the perfect finishing touch.
This column is sponsored by Swank Interiors, Norwich. stu[email protected]interiors.co.uk 01603 617229
ABOVE: The smart wet room
RIGHT: A bold scheme for a guest toilet