Mix and match fittings personal touches to design your very own bespoke bathroom.
Mix and match fittings and simple-to-use online tools now make it easier than ever for you to create a space that’s tailored to the way you live.
Personalising every room in the house to reflect our tastes has been the norm for years. However, up until now, the bathroom has often been left out, limited by matching suites or units chosen to suit the surroundings rather than the people who use the space. Mixing and matching sanitaryware, brassware, materials and furniture is the latest way to achieve a bespoke feel that also fits your lifestyle. This allows you to select practical pieces for the way you and your family use the bathroom, rather than ending up with a space-hogging bath you’ll barely use, or a vanity that skimps on storage.
Planning the space needn’t be daunting either. There are a range of handy online tools available, and the newest pieces make designing your scheme more straightforward.With a variety of sizes, shapes and complementary finishes on offer, it’s easy to combine contemporary versions of traditional fittings. There’s more opportunity to include pattern and colour in a design, too, with a greater choice of real stone, composite materials and ceramic tiles, as well as suitable soft furnishings, wallpaper and fabrics.
Simple, timeless pieces work well in any style of home and can blend with both patterned tiles and more traditional flooring.
Cypress basin in porcelain (H81xW50xD40.5cm)
WC in porcelain (H80x W36.5xD65cm)
Cascade bath in white acrylic (H40xW170xD70cm)
Ora mixer tap in chrome (H27xReach13cm)
Hollywood mirror (H75x W60xD4cm)
Serpentine collection, total from £1,039 based on a guide layout, Betta Living
While blending pieces is great, it’s best to avoid an overload of influences in order to maintain a sleek look. A good rule of thumb is to choose no more than three styles, with two of those featuring a similar amount of detail, and the third one being plain. ‘Traditionally, a bathroom suite would be composed of a set of co-ordinating fittings to give a homogeneous look,’ says Leanne Martin, Category Manager for Bathing and Wellness at Sottini. ‘Without this, there needs to be a link that pulls the individual elements together, otherwise the scheme may not work.’ Before you start, try creating a bathroom moodboard or go window-shopping. The key to the process is choosing appropriate products and making sure your design reflects your lifestyle.
Whether your space is large or small, a frameless shower enclosure can make it feel calm and uncluttered.
EauZone Plus Hinged from Wall with Inline panel enclosure in 10mm safety glass and chrome (H202xW100xD100cm), £1,396.80, Matki