Whether you’re planning your perfect bathroom for your self build interior, or planning to add one to your conversion or renovation project, don’t overlook the little details that will make it a stylish and functional space.

Take a look at this selection of design solutions to create a truly unique bathroom.

1. Solutions for Sloping Bathroom Ceilings

Space beneath sloping ceilings can often lend itself to bathrooms, and indeed help create interesting bathroom interior schemes. These little nooks in the house often go unused or are simply left to get messy as out of the way storage solutions. Instead, consider creating a beautiful and unusual bathroom with the space.

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 chosen dark tiles to help define the sloping ceilings. In addition, ‘unusable’ space beneath sloping eaves can provide the perfect place to tuck away plumbing, and create built-in alcoves or storage.

bathroom alcoves and sloping roofs

2. Built-in Storage

Built-in shelves and alcoves are obviously useful additions for displaying expensive-looking bottles and storing bathroom wares, but they serve another purpose — they add interest to the room.

Below, the timber-lined alcove lends warmth to this monochrome bathroom, and complements the vanity unit. (Note the radiator, from Funkyheat, which doubles as a full-length mirror in this bathroom. What’s more, this clever product provides infrared heating and can be controlled by touchscreen technology or by wireless remote.)

built in alcove bathroom shelves

3. Solid Bathroom Surfaces

Solid surfaces have been popular in the kitchen in recent years, offering a seamless worktop solution, often with integral sink. 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.

roper rhodes solid surface worktop and bathroom basin

Roper Rhodes’ City basin and integrated worktop features a deep, spacious washbasin, which flows seamlessly from the solid surface. The 1,600mm worktop can be cut to size to suit any bathroom

duravit inset bathroom basin P3

Duravit’s P3 Comforts furniture washbasin provides a generous surface area to store bathroom wares

4. Make a Statement with Bold Tiles

A bold tile choice or colour scheme can lift a bathroom from ordinary to extraordinary, injecting flair and personality — as this bathroom goes to show. Pairing encaustic-style cement tiles (from American-based Rustico Tile & Stone) with white metro wall tiles, mirrored antiqued mirror wall panels (from Rupert Bevan) and a mirrored bath (the Tay bath from Drummonds) ensures the room does not feel claustrophobic.

Drummonds decorative bathroom tiles

5. The Fold-away Shower Enclosure

Duravit’s OpenSpace B is an enviable piece of design; the innovative shower enclosure can simply be folded back against the wall after use, providing extra space in the bathroom. It’s a particularly good idea for en suites that are open to the bedroom.

One door can be specified with a mirrored finish — to hide away the shower fittings behind, and provide a full-length mirror in the process. The enclosure can be combined with a tray, as here, or introduced above a tiled floor.

Duravit open space B bathroom design

6. Deep, Sunken Tubs

Deep baths provide an indulgent place for a dip. (Indeed, deep soaking baths have been a core part of the Japanese home for centuries — a soak promoting a sense of wellbeing at the end of the working day.) They’re a good solution for those looking beyond the standard 1,700mm straight bath in search of something a little different, and a solution for compact bathrooms, too.

If you’re opting for a deep, sunken bath (as below) forward planning is a must (self builders are at a distinct advantage here over those remodelling existing homes, too). This model is cast entirely in HI-MACS (an acrylic stone composite) by LG Hausys.

hi-mac sunken bathroom bathtub

7. Discreet Laundry

Laundry baskets can be an untidy addition to a bathroom scheme. Step in this neat solution from Hammonds Furniture which puts the space beneath the 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 — it’s an altogether more stylish addition than the traditional steam ‘cabin’. A tiled seating area is a good optional extra.

Aquata integrated bathroom steam room

9. Room Divides

When it comes to designing a new bathroom, bear in mind that the sanitaryware does not always need to be placed against walls. Partial room divides can be a good means of breaking up a large bathroom and hiding plumbing.

That said, this is a look which requires planning from the outset to ensure the hot and cold feeds, and waste, are in the right place prior to boarding and tiling. It can also be an inexpensive way of creating a feature: often stud walling can be utilised.

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

guest bathroom wooden room divider

A half wall breaks up this spacious en suite and is a characterful addition, thanks to the reclaimed timber cladding, in this barn conversion

10. Mirrored 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.

bathroom mirrors create the illusion of space

Two strategically placed mirrors add to the illusion of space in this small bathroom and provide relief against the grey wall and floor tiles

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 mirrored glass to size)

11. Decorative Screens

Shower screens need not be boring — as this eye-catching design proves. Art Glass screens, from Alternative Bathrooms, are available for shower enclosures, and as bath and shower panels, in two designs. The Oslo walk-in shower panel here in the ‘Japan’ design measures H2,000xW1,200mm and is priced from £3,500.

oslo walk in bathroom shower screen

12. Mood Lighting

The bathroom is both a practical space and a room in which to relax — a dedicated lighting scheme can go a long way to ensuring it meets both demands. Here, for instance, strip lighting washes this bathroom with a warm glow. Do bear in mind that lighting needs to meet the appropriate IP rating when planning your scheme.

The bathroom mirror, the L’Artique Chalet in Courchevell, was crafted by Lmh Projects.

bathroom mood lighting

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. Introducing Natural Light

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

introducing light into a bathroom

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

CP hart glass deign bathroom

A glazed wall, lined with bookshelves, can be a good way of introducing light into an interior bathroom without windows. (Note, this is a design feature best planned for interior walls that do not face the toilet!)

15. Timber Cladding

Timber cladding has been big news in interiors in recent years, but it’s a look that requires thought within the bathroom. “In humid bathrooms with a shower or bath, timber should only be used sparingly in areas that will have no contact with water. The cloakroom, however, is a special bathroom without excessive production of vapours, and timber can be used throughout.

Generally it is best to use a hardwood,” explains Thomas Griem, director of TG Studio, which was behind this room. “Always ensure very good air extraction.”

TG studio timber clad bathroom

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