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How to achieve an elegant bathroom

At some point in our lives, most of us dream of an elegant bathroom. If you’re ready to turn that dream into reality, there are lots of things to consider. Creating a sophisticated powder room with plenty of panache requires careful planning. The good news is, this process is fun!

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A complete bathroom makeover is exciting. It means you have a clean sheet to create exactly what you want. Start by closing your eyes, and picturing your perfect bathroom. Observe the décor and design, the fixtures and the furniture, the colours and the shapes. Elegance means different things to different people. So you need to establish a clear picture in your head of exactly what it is you want. Then you can start sourcing all the different elements required.

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BATHROOM DESIGN

Perhaps the first thing you need to decide is what your elegant bathroom will contain. This largely depends on your room size and shape. Make things easy for yourself with a scale plan of your space. There’s no point dreaming of an elegant slipper bath and Jack and Jill sinks if you just don’t have the room. Measure carefully, and don’t forget to take into account doors, windows and any awkward corners! You should also be practical about mass. If you’ve set your heart on a statement cast-iron bath, you need to know your floor can take the weight.

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SOPHISTICATED SANITARYWARE

Once you have your space sorted, the starting point for most people is the bathroom suite. We carry a huge range of elegant, heritage-inspired designs. So if you’re struggling with elegant bathroom ideas, simply browse our website. Choose from complete suites, toilet and basin sets, or specialist cloakroom suites.

For many people, Victorian bathrooms are synonymous with elegance. Refined designs add instant style. That applies not only to freestanding baths, basins and toilets, but taps and accessories too.

A statement bath is always a great starting point. Our Heritage Madeira Cast Iron Double Ended Freestanding Bath is a true showstopper. Featuring elegant proportions and softly sculpted lines it comes with a lifetime guarantee. It’s supplied primed in grey, with a ready-to-paint exterior. So you can personalise it in any colour you like, to suit your bathroom décor.

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When you’re striving for elegance, little details can make all the difference. Your choice of bath feet, for example, can transform your bathtub. We love the look of this Burlington Windsor Double Ended Freestanding Bath. The traditional roll top design with curved, flowing lines is elevated by the addition of classy, chrome feet.

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Size is no barrier to elegance, if you make clever choices with your bathroom installation. Choose a compact slipper bath, such as this model from Victoria + Albert, as your focal point. It’s the perfect option for smaller spaces.

Combine your compact bath with a period pedestal basin. A low-level WC and cistern will complete the luxury look.

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SHOWER STYLE

It’s easy to complement your statement bath with a stylish shower mixer. Combining elegance and geometry, this Crosswater Waldorf Chrome Crosshead Bath Shower Mixer delivers a classic art deco element. Why not coordinate with the matching Waldorf basin tap options, for a truly consistent look? If you have the space for a stand-alone shower, sleek, chrome shower valves always look effortlessly elegant.

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FURNITURE FAVOURITES

No bathroom can look elegant if it’s full of clutter, so it’s important your choice of furniture incorporates sufficient storage. Traditional floorstanding units are an excellent way to combine practicality with stylish, period designs. Many incorporate features such as soft closing doors and concealed drawers. The range of colours and finishes available means you’re sure to find something that suits.

Tallboy storage units are another elegant storage option that works well within a traditional bathroom. Wall-mounted bathroom cabinets are a sensible yet still stylish solution if you’re short on space.

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INSPIRATIONAL ACCESSORIES

If you’re in search of elegant bathroom makeover ideas, accessories can be a great source of inspiration. Whether you are planning a full refurbishment, or just a style refresh, the right accessories always complete the look.

So do make sure you take time to source the right bath shelves, tumbler holders, soap dishes and so on. Even the humble toilet brush can make a difference to your décor!

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LIGHT THE WAY

Lighting should be part of your bathroom planning right from the very beginning – not the last thing on your list. Great lighting enhances your surfaces, fixtures and fittings. It also helps to create the right mood and atmosphere. In short, the right lighting can transform your bathroom space, and create an elegant aesthetic.

If you’re keen to make a statement with your lights, as well as your bathtub, choose an eye-catching chandelier. Frosted glass or chiffon pleat shades are a great choice for any retro bathroom. Select brass, polished nickel or antique gold fittings to add that elegant finishing touch.

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Want to know the best way in which to prepare for a bathroom makeover? Read our expert post on How to plan a bathroom makeover now!

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