If you’re planning a bathroom or en suite for your self build or renovation project, careful planning and attention to detail can result in both a stylish and functional space. This selection of design solutions will help you create a truly unique bathroom.

1. Mirrored Bathrooms Walls

Mirrors are not simply a practical addition — well placed, they can be used to create an illusion of space in a small bathroom, and bounce light around the room.

What’s more, large mirrors could represent a cost-saving solution compared with tiling the area.

large wall length bathroom mirror

A large mirror stretches the length of the wall — making this room feel larger. (For similar results, try a local glazing company, who will be able to cut the mirror glass to size.)

2. Consider Built-in Storage

Built-in shelves and alcoves are not only useful for displaying bottles and other wares, but can add interest to a bathroom scheme. (As showcased in this stylish bathroom in a new home built for £170k.)


3. Solid Bathroom Surfaces

Solid surfaces have been popular in the kitchen for some and as with many trends which begin in the kitchen, this one is making its way into the bathroom, providing a hygienic, waterproof surface in this room too.

duravit inset bathroom basin P3

Duravit’s P3 Comforts furniture washbasin provides a generous surface area to store cosmetics and bottles.

4. Make a Statement with Bold Bathroom Tiles

A bold tile or colour scheme can lift a bathroom from ordinary to extraordinary — as this bathroom goes to show.

Here, encaustic-style cement tiles (from American-based Rustico Tile & Stone) have been paired with mirrored antiqued mirror wall panels (from Rupert Bevan) and a mirrored bath (the Tay bath from Drummonds) to create a stunning bathroom.

Drummonds decorative bathroom tiles

5. Expose Raw Materials

The exposed brick wall in this bathroom (which has been painted white) provides a striking backdrop to this bathroom.


6. The Master Suite

Building your own home or renovating can offer opportunity to create the ultimate master suite: a master bedroom benefitting from both a dressing space and en suite.

In this example, the dressing area is semi-open plan to the bathroom. (Note how the green accent colour has been used in both to the visually link the spaces.)


7. Clever Bathroom Storage

Clever and plentiful storage is a good way of ensuring your bathroom surfaces remain clutter-free (and will not become home to a multitude of half-empty bottles).

Laundry baskets can be an untidy addition, but this neat solution from Hammonds Furniture puts the space beneath the bathroom basin to good use.

hammonds bathroom storage

8. A Stylish Steam Room

Aqata’s Exclusive Solutions ES300 Sliding Door Recess Option is suitable for power showers, body jets and steam, meaning you can transform an alcove within the bathroom into a multi-purpose showering and steam enclosure.

A tiled seating area is a good optional extra.

Aquata integrated bathroom steam room

9. Introduce Partial Walls

When it comes to designing a new bathroom, sanitaryware does not always need to be placed against walls. Partial room divides can be used to zone large bathroom and conceal plumbing.

This is a look which requires planning from the outset to ensure the hot and cold feeds, and waste, are in the right place.

bathroom divider walls and a drummond bath

This partial wall divide provides a generous shower enclosure to one side, doubling as a spot to mount the wall-mounted taps for the Drummonds’ bath on the other.

10. Solutions for Sloping Bathroom Ceilings

Rooms with sloping ceilings (think loft conversions and homes with vaulted ceilings) can lend themselves to bathrooms. The eaves space can provide an ideal place to introduce plumbing and/or create built-in alcoves or storage.

The bathroom below has been created within a loft conversion; the homeowners have made the most of the space with a luxurious shower enclosure, and specified dark tiles to help define the sloping ceiling.

bathroom alcoves and sloping roofs

11. Decorative Screens

Shower screens need not be boring — as this eye-catching design proves.

oslo walk in bathroom shower screen

Art Glass screens, available from Alternative Bathrooms, are available for bath and shower panels, in two designs. The Oslo walk-in shower panel in the ‘Japan’ design is shown.

12. Utilise Alcoves

Alcoves can be put to good use as shower enclosures, as this bathroom goes to show.


13. Basin Ideas for Kids

Family bathrooms – particularly in those households with young children – should be fun as well as functional, as these examples show.

This colourful basin with vanity unit has been created in HI-MACS, an acrylic stone composite that boasts a hygienic finish and waterproof qualities — ideal for children.

hi-macs childrens bathroom basin

14. Introduce Natural Light

Building a new home, or extending an existing property, provides an opportunity to design in windows as and where you need them — rather than working around what’s already there.

That said, overlooking and privacy can be issues — but there are solutions, as these bathrooms go to show:

introducing light into a bathroom

Two semi-opaque window ‘slots’ provide a diffused natural light to this bathroom, but do not compromise privacy. (This self build was designed by Hall + Bednarczyk Architects.)


Rooflights bring light in from above in this characterful self build.

15. Timber-Clad Bathrooms

Timber cladding has been big news in interiors in recent years, but it’s a look that requires thought within the bathroom.

In bathrooms with a shower or bath, which tend to more humid than cloakrooms, timber should be used sparingly and in areas which won’t come into direct contact with water.

Cloakrooms, however, where there is typically minimal risk of humidity and splashes, can be good places to introduce timber cladding.

TG studio timber clad bathroom

This bathroom was designed by TG Studio. “Generally it is best to use a hardwood, and always ensure very good air extraction,” says Thomas Griem, director of TG Studio.

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