Penthouse refurbishment in London’s Financial District.Contemporary Bathroom, London
Photographer: Philip Vile
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Go top-to-toeFloor-to-ceiling tiles can lend a real air of swish hotel style to a bathroom. This windowless space has pale tiles covering every bit of wall, and even the bath panel, for total streamlining. Where natural light is lacking, visual continuity like this can really help to open up a dark room (and larger tiles, like these, can also have the effect of stretching a smaller space). Although the floor has different-coloured tiles, they blend with the ceiling, bath and basin for an unfussy look.
Make cleaning easyIn a busy household, the bathroom will probably see some wear and tear, so choose surfaces that are easy to keep clean and well maintained. Go for flat-fronted, handless cabinets, so dust and grime doesn’t gather around small details, and opt for wipeable tiles on the walls. Grout has a tendency to show up dirt, so large-scale tiles with minimal joints are a good option.
Home in on the detailsThe devil really is in the detail. When saving photos you like, pay attention to the smaller elements, such as the way certain things are set out. Shower mixers, hand showers and fittings such as radiators can make or break a beautiful space. Here, the mixer and diverter for the shower are centred on the bath and positioned so you can turn on the shower without getting wet. The shower head is also set into the ceiling, maximising the height for the water flow.Check out the interiors trends coming back into fashion
Get the best of both worldsIn this neutral, contemporary bathroom, the ceiling-mounted, fixed showerhead is complemented by a hand-held attachment.If you or someone in your home is likely to want a shower they can aim below the face (again, those with long hair will understand), then consider mounting your hand-held attachment higher up, as this can be operated independently of the overhead shower. To stop the end wall feeling cluttered up with controls for these two separate outlets, the shower taps have been mounted on the adjacent wall instead. And to maximise the sense of space generally, large tiles and matching grout give the appearance of a seamless surface. In this sleek bathroom, you’d barely notice the lack of a standalone shower, don’t you think?