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3 questions to ask your design professional before you paintWhat paint finish will you use? (There are options that can highlight, others that can mask, so this is important to know.)Will you also paint the cornices and ceiling rose? If yes, what colour and finish?What is the desired feel you wish to give my space? (Cosy means a darker colour, airy generally means a lighter colour.)Tell us…What colour is your ceiling? Tell us in the Comments – especially if it’s not white.
Another thing I learned from our previous bathroom renovation was that, with an open, walk-in shower, you never quite stay warm unless under the water. So, similar to the shower unit in this bathroom, this time we’re planning on enclosing it with solid side walls for some privacy and glass to the front in the form of a door. Hopefully it will keep in the heat, not to mention the steam, which should also be helpful in a wallpapered room.
Make shower time decadentIf you want a bathroom that oozes glamour you need a rich colour scheme, an element of comfort, pattern and bags of decorative detail. This enclosed shower cubicle has it all – the built-in seat and double shower heads encourage relaxed showering for two, while the deep-blue colour scheme and detailed tile pattern make for a very grown-up space.
Look to the pastThis dramatic bathroom window has bespoke shutters that have been influenced by the Tudor period. Back then it was difficult to make big pieces of glass, so the panes were tiny and held together with lead in a criss-cross or more symmetrical pattern. The panes on these shutters have been frosted for privacy, but still maintain their period feel. Clever.
Use it to let a feature shineBlack is a great foil for a vibrant colour or pattern or – in this case – both. If you have a feature wall, feature splashback, colourful bath or even a striking shower curtain, black works as well as white does for letting it shine. This exotically tiled walk-in shower certainly deserves the attention – and if you can get some down- or uplighting on your chosen feature, as here, all the better. Note how different a grand period room looks when the window frames and ceiling are also painted dark instead of white (as in photo number one). Less the evocation of crisp linen, more historical cocoon.
Consider using one colourUsing a single shade on walls, ceiling and woodwork can create a cohesive look. It will also give the illusion of height and space. In this stunning bathroom, the deliciously dark colour is unbroken from floor to ceiling. This creates a tall, grand look and is a great example of how dark doesn’t mean drab. By using one colour, despite its dramatic boldness, a backdrop is created for the incredible shower, the true focal point of the room.