The smallest detail, from the style of a bathtub to the patterns on a tile, can evoke different moods in a bathroom. We list down the essential factors that make up four bathroom styles – raw, classic, luxury and modern – so you will know what to shop for and where to go.
Though concrete screed is the quintessential finish for a raw-look bathroom, consider unpolished wood as well. Balance these distinctive features with sleeker, minimalist surfaces like chrome or block colours like white — or it will just look like one grey mess. The charm of a raw-look bathroom also lies in its utilitarian approach, so consider showing off organisation boxes in the open.
Uniquestone Nite wall tile, from Hafary
Raindance Select S Showerpipe with thermostat, $2,116.80, from Hansgrohe
Dragan four-piece bamboo bathroom set, $19.90, from Ikea
Lillangen mirror cabinet, $84.90, from Ikea
4044 Airy Concrete quartz wall cladding and countertop, from Caesarstone
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A classic-style bathroom needs more decorative elements, such as wood trimmings for the bathroom vanity and a claw foot tub. Large checked tiles give a dramatic touch, while a crystal sconce adds elegance. Swop the silver (vintage-style) fittings for brass or even copper-hued ones for more warmth.
Op Art porcelain trinket box, $140, from Bungalow 55
Little Diamond sconce, $280, from Meraki Decoration
Black Schwarz Zermatt Esche laminate, from Lamitak
Marble-look hexagon tile, from Hafary
Florin 9 Art Deco basin mixer set, $2,450, from Victoria + Albert
As space is a luxury, create the illusion of higher ceilings and lengthier walkways with long panel tiles, as well as reduce visual clutter by using sleek bathware. Create impact with intricate and large stone slabs where patterns run naturally with minimal grout lines.
Sensa Black Beauty granite, from Cosentino
Panaria Cross Wood tiles, from Rice
Nickel trinket box, $80, from Bungalow 55
Anti-mould Cair Interior Paint, $289 (20 litres), from Gush
Axor Citterio mixer with pin handle set, $1,187.10, from Hansgrohe
Less is more in modern bathroom designs. Stick to a neutral palette, but pay attention to textures and interesting forms. These include simple tiles that transform into an impactful backdrop, as well as minimalist fittings in angular shapes that will look good in years to come.
Essence basin mixer in hard graphite, from Grohe (available in 2020 only)
Toto x Hayon mixer (4131) in black, from W. Atelier
Standing WC (CW275J), from W. Atelier
Mutina Lane subway tile, from Rice
Cythera Aromatique Room Spray, $73 (100ml), from Aesop