The bathroom – no longer simply a functional room, but more often a space to unwind, pamper yourself, and retreat. From old-school glamour to marbled opulence or sophisticated and streamlined designs, there are countless ways to transform the bathroom into a luxurious and glamorous place of indulgence.


Old World Glamour:


The elegant and eye-catching black and white tiles add a touch of old-school glamour to this en suite bathroom, with the deep cast iron black clawfoot bath a bold focal point. Brushed metal brass fittings complete the traditional look.

Classic black and white tiles meet crisp white walls and brass fittings for a look of sophistication in this en suite bathroom.

A floor to ceiling graphic tile mosaic is a powerful statement piece that adds the ‘wow’ factor.

A graphic tile design can create an immediate impact in a bathroom. These glass mosaic tiles not only add color and pattern to the sophisticated design, they are a dramatic showpiece.

Two white fluffy robes deliver a ‘spa-like’ vibe.

Being able to look outdoors while privately soaking in this deep free-standing bath adds to the feeling of indulgent relaxation.


Light Fantastic:


Statement lighting such as a sparkling chandelier or pendant can give an instant glitzy appeal, as this Wellington bathroom demonstrates. “Add a beautiful framed mirror to reflect light back into the room,” says its interior designer Bridget Foley.


Interior designers Bridget Foley & Natalie Du Bois give their expert tips on how to add a touch of glamour to the bathroom:


Bridget Foley says:


– Bring in sparkle with mirrors that bounce light.

– Add accessories in metallic colors, such as silver bowls to hold jewelry or a beaten copper tray.

– Invest in little extras, such as liquid soap in a beautiful dispenser and plenty of fresh puffy towels.

– Don’t let a glam bathroom down with supermarket packaging.

– Glossy surfaces (rather than matt) also work to bounce light around the room and make space feel more lavish.

– Hide as much clutter as possible with clever storage – there’s no need to display toilet rolls and toothbrushes.

– Splash out on hardwearing, timeless surfaces like marble and Caesarstone – it’s a false economy to cut corners as water and steam will eventually mean cheaper products need replacing.


Natalie Du Bois says:


– Incorporate some soft touches, such as an upholstered ottoman alongside the bath.

– Brushed-steel tapware is a deluxe take on standard chrome.

– Opt for a sculpted, curvaceous shape rather than straight lines.

– Where possible, build in recessed niches for candles or individual flowers in a vase.

– A rain-head shower rose, built into the ceiling (with its own lighting incorporated) lends blissful opulence.