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]­in­te­ri­ 01603 617229

ABOVE: The smart wet room

RIGHT: A bold scheme for a guest toi­let

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