From bold wallpaper to bright paint, colourful tiles to statement art; if your bathroom is crying out for some personality and cheer then look no further
Bathrooms are often overlooked when it comes to decoration. And it’s not surprising with such a functional space that we can be reticent to decorate it as we would any other room, for fear of it getting damaged. Yet as long as you take precautions, such as investing in paint that’s formulated to withstand humidity, frame pictures that may get splashed and consider using a clear sealant on any non-vinyl wallpaper, there’s no reason not to get creative in the bathroom. You will be surprised at how transformative it can be.
These bathrooms are all bursting with personality and full of ideas you can copy in your own home…
Bathrooms aren’t always the obvious space for wallpaper, but bold prints and colours can work brilliantly in a bathroom, and pack a real punch in a small space. Combined with an elegant vanity and textural wicker basket, this bathroom (above), designed by interior designer Amy Berry, is a beauty.
This brilliantly vibrant bathroom, at the Henley-on-Thames home of designer Joanne Burgess, is bursting with personality. She has used flashes of colour and interest in unique, mismatched soft furnishings and vintage artwork to wonderful effect.
CLEVER TOUCHES OF VIBRANT PAINT ON THE CEILING AND WINDOW FRAME GIVE THIS BRIGHTON BATHROOM AS INSTANT LIFT. IMAGE: LITTLE GREENE
These bright pops of colour in surprising places create an uplifting, beachy feel in this bathroom. A creative use of paint is a relatively inexpensive way to add colour to a bathroom, particularly if the rest of your room is neutral – and you might get away with only needing a tester pot!
DESIGNER AMY BERRY USES WALLPAPER TO ADD A PLAYFUL TOUCH IN THIS BRIGHT BATHROOM. IMAGE: NATHAN SCHROEDER
This bathroom shows that you don’t need acres of space to create a welcoming and cheerful room. Instead it’s all about the details. The cheerful boat print wallpaper, the brass hardware, the textured flooring and the pretty scallop-edged shower curtain are fun without being gimmicky.
THE LONDON HOME OF AN ARTIST. IMAGE: THE MODERN HOUSE
The bathroom is often a space where art is overlooked, but this light and bright bathroom (unsurprisingly belonging to an artist), is a positive gallery. Together with the colourful bath mat, trailing greenery and fish mobiles, this is a beautiful and uplifting space.
Designer Pearl Lowe admits it took many attempts to get her bathroom ‘right’ but she has certainly achieved it with this copper bath and pink and white zigzag tiles from Bert & May. Combined with Pearl’s trademark vintage finds, it’s a beautifully inviting space.
You won’t be surprised to learn that this colourful, pattern-clashing en-suite never fails to make owner and designer Liz Engelsen, smile. Her transformation of what was a dark, drab and uninviting space to this is nothing short of miraculous. And that upcycled vanity will surely inspire us all to pick up a paintbrush.
Florist and writer Willow Crossley is endlessly inspired by nature and embraces it both outside and inside her Cotswolds home. We especially love Willow’s bathroom which features this stunning hand-painted mural by her friend, artist Fiona McAlpine.
MOLLY MAHON’S CORAL WALLPAPER MAKES A BOLD STATEMENT IN HER BATHROOM. IMAGE: SARAH HOGAN
Block print maker Molly Mahon never shies away from colour and print, both in her work and in her home. Her family bathroom, featuring her green Coral wallpaper and pink rug, not to mention the colourful framed art, armchair throw and bright accessories, is a wonderfully cheerful family room.
A CALMING AND ELEGANT BATHROOM DESIGNED BY ANNA HAINES DESIGN
We love the plaster pink colour of these walls and built-in units which creates a beautifully relaxed feel to the space. Soft furnishings, giant plants, framed art and that stunning armchair elevate this into a living space that we would long to while away the hours in.
This bathroom at the Brighton outpost of the boutique hotel chain Artist Residence can’t help but make you smile with its mismatched collection of chevron monochrome floor tiles, bold and bright artwork and freestanding vintage furniture.
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