Mad About . . .

Mad About … Blissful Bathrooms

8th August 2014
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A bathroom is no longer just a place to get washed and clean your teeth. These days it’s a sanctuary, a place where you can retreat from the rest of the household and grab a few precious moments of peace and quiet to recharge your batteries. So for that reason, this week, we are Mad About Blissful Bathrooms.

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It’s a place for a glass of wine and a chapter or two of that book you never have time to read. Or perhaps to listen to some music while you soak away the cares of the day.

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So the question is how do you spa up that bathroom? Well there are a few tricks to make it feel a bit more boutique hotel and less Blackpool B&B.

Obviously in an ideal world there would be a view like this, or at least a fireplace, but in the absence of the requisite natural features, make sure the towels are matching, and, if possible, roll up the spare ones on a shelf for an instant spa look. Besides, it’s much easier to roll than fold tidily. Have a few large church candles dotted about, you don’t have to light them, but if you do want to then it’s much easier to light five big ones than faffing around with 400 tealights like they do in the movies.

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A bit of wood or bamboo instead of tiles often adds to the warm spa feel.

In this simple monochrome bathroom, even the view looks as if it has been co-ordinated to match.

The Como bath from

The Como bath from is around £2,000

If there’s room for a chair and a table, on which to rest the radio and the glass of wine, then so much the better. This bathroom has added a couple of beanbags, presumably so that you can chat to your other half while soaking away, which may defeat the object but it looks nice.

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In an interview in 2008, the designer Philippe Starck spoke about the creation of the salon d’eau, a concept dreamt up shortly before he came up with the 2 Bath, a design classic  and which would ultimately lead to its creation as part of his idea that the bathroom should be a place for pleasure.

“Before, a bathroom was just a room where you washed yourself. It was not very glamorous. We invented this salon d’eau as a room for pleasure. All the pieces, the sink, the bathtub – everything was like a piece of furniture. Have a fireplace, a thing like that, and it [the bathroom] becomes a place to rest and to speak with the love of your life,” he said.

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This industrial-style bathroom indulges my love of exposed brick walls but still feels indulgent and luxurious.



And this one is a bit Rough Luxe 

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For more fabulous bathrooms:

My Pinterest Bathing Beauties Board




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  • Daniel 7th October 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Some beautiful bathroom spaces, all of which likely to help me in my journey of bathroom improvement, as well as the great photos, so thank you!
    I really liked the monochrome style and also the industrial in particular… Brilliant designs whilst still holding onto comfort and liveability.

    The insight as to how to simplify and to make more comfortable may be of interest to some!
    Thanks again for the great article.

  • Anna 8th August 2014 at 9:20 am

    I always liked classic bathrooms, however the industrial one is quite impressive.

  • Lynne Sands 6th August 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Love the top two bathrooms. One of our gold or platinum decorated sinks would look great in them. Please check them out at

  • Heather Jenkinson 8th March 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Although, initially, these bathrooms look similar, they are all quite different. Very well curated, Kate.

    Personally, I love the first and last bathrooms. For years, I’ve been avoiding patterned tiles – I feel they create unnecessary noise in a space that should should be calming and quiet. But, thanks to Patricia Urquiola, there’s a new kind of pattern emerging and I find it deadly attractive…

  • Kate 4th March 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Wow, some of these bathrooms are incredible, definitely some inspiration. Looks like roll top and free standing baths are the things to have!

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