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November 2020 / Homes & Interiors / by Ali Howard

The Luxe Factor

Contemporary bathroom design often borrows from hotel-level luxury: season upon season we’ve seen opulent textures and gilded accessories ornament our bathing spaces. This autumn/winter, we’re upping the luxury even further to create stylish at-home sanctuaries.


The metallics trend is one that sees no sign of fading. A few gold, bronze or copper accents are all that’s needed to elevate our bathroom décor from drab to dazzling. In this luxurious bathing space, a statement gold bath is accented with DelightFULL’s Hendrix wall sconces. Inspired by the form of a record player, the lights are hand-made in brass with a gold-plated finish and boast a trio of symmetrical light sources. These allow the softly diffused light to bounce around the bathroom beautifully, creating the perfect atmosphere in which to lie back, relax and listen to our favourite tracks. €390 (delightfull.eu)


Rich visual textures in walls, floors and splashbacks can provide a mood-lifting dose of glamour – think stylish hotel bathrooms clad floor-to-ceiling in cool marble. Consider, too, luxurious stone surfaces in calming colourways that award our bathing spaces serenity. Cullifords’ Katuba Blue is a granite stone from Zambia, which features an arresting crisscrossing pattern of sodalite blue against the black crystal-like tourmaline. This organic veining provides both luxury and nature-inspired tranquility. Team the stone with pure white sanitaryware and accessories in black or gold for the ultimate in bathroom opulence. From £1,100 per sq m (geraldculliford.co.uk)


When given centre stage in the bathroom, a freestanding statement tub provides unapologetic indulgence – and the more space it’s awarded, the better. In choosing a standalone bath, we’re freed from the constraints of matching suites, allowing us to get creative with our bathroom-turned-luxury-retreat. Catchpole & Rye’s boat-shaped Copper Bateau emanates both homely warmth and opulence. The classic roll top tub is made from high grade copper, hand-beaten, polished and sealed. Choose from a range of exterior finishes from verdigris to antique, which features a rich visual texture with its arresting natural patina. From £5,000 + VAT (catchpoleandrye.com)


Bucking the trend on china-white baths, basins and loos, Burlington recalls old school glamour with their new Bespoke collection, which includes the decorative Botanical Pink. Created in collaboration with British illustrator Julie Ingham, the range celebrates colour and pattern, reimagining retro ceramics for today. Here, the brand’s most popular Edwardian style basin and pedestal is adorned with hand-drawn fuchsia palms, which have been painstakingly applied by skilled ceramic lithographers, while the sanitaryware is accented with gold taps and accessories for a whimsical, vintage look that would make Granny proud. From £798 (burlingtonbathrooms.com)


Thoughtfully zoned with a Deco-inspired metallic partition wall, this commodious bathing space features a twin entrance wet room that, with its duo of rainfall shower heads, has been designed with couples in mind. Putting aside the notion that bathing beats showering on the indulgence front, this is one luxurious bathroom that marries stylish contemporary design with simple functionality. Sleek and chic, Matki’s wet room panels, made from solid safety glass and finished with chrome fittings, create a walk-in glass box that maximises on the bathroom’s abundant light and space. From £781.20 (matki.co.uk)