These blissful spaces prove that bathrooms don’t have to be a bore. Just look at it as an extension of your personal style and create a bathroom with serious chemistry.


Why be basic when you can be extra? This bathroom elevates traditional elements such as the classic combination of white and brass, vanity mirrors as well as old-school basins by combining them with show-stopping features that include: a custom-designed XXL round mirror; contemporary hexagonal tiles; and bare bulbs hung from cord cables that, creatively, have been positioned on the wall with bespoke brass supports rather than being suspended more conventionally from the ceiling.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


Old meets contemporary meets futuristic in this striking bathroom that boldly places grey on grey on grey. Glossy subway tiles and a painted concrete floor look unexpectedly fresh in combination with vintage-style pressed ceiling panels (who needs wallpaper!) that lend texture and pattern. The interplay of old and new is taken to the next level here: an antique walnut plant stand and ornate period lights (given an update with white paint) as well as the nostalgic aesthetic of the pressed panels act as a bold counterpoint to the fluid curves and ultramodern design of Patricia Urquiola’s Pear vanities
for Agape.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


The North African influence remains a magic formula for statement bathrooms as is evident in this breath-taking steam and shower room. The main event is, of course, the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling tessellated Zellige tiles in lapis blue with their subtle variations in texture and colour. Restraint in the design details – a simple timber-framed glass door, brass light and shower fittings and a dramatic marble basin and polished stone shelf, set low to the ground – ensures the finished look is classic and contemporary, never gimmicky.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


If ever there was the perfect marriage of restrained industrial cool and free-form organic spirit then this bathroom is it. Every element is perfectly curated for functionality as well as aesthetic balance: from the precise lines of the bespoke black galvanized steel shelves set against creamy white, artfully imperfect Zellige tiles to a collection of apothecary bottles filled with scented bath salts and the untamed arrangement of air plants hung from a metal chandelier frame. Large white marble floor tiles and a tree stump table further enhance this union of nature and machine-made, rustic and modern.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


In this bathroom, the juxtaposition of texture and finishes delivers major character and visual interest. A modern, dramatic overall effect is created by polished stone countertops, square tiles, a glossy concrete floor, ornate glass wall sconce lights and curvaceous, oversized basins contrast against an exposed stone wall, painted white, a distressed oversized mirror, chunky exposed ceiling beams and smaller details such as a rough-cut stone stand for soap and body products in the shower zone.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


Unique details, layered textures and a rich, warm palette give this space its inviting character. The ruggedness of the raw brick wall has been exaggerated by a distressed finish and, while it is the main architectural feature, it harmoniously aligns with the raw concrete that makes up the rest of the flat surfaces. Vibrant plants with reflective, waxy leaves and the high-sheen copper ball-and-claw tub provide a smooth, glossy contrast to the rustic textures. Furniture, accessories and fittings bring a touch of nostalgia and individuality, the end result being the antithesis of showroom sterility.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


In an open-plan bedroom, the bathroom zone has been defined by a raised concrete platform. The industrial-style glass and steel shower cube is a showstopper, the restrained glamour of the space enhanced by elegant details such as tessellated Zellige tiles, an oak bathroom vanity, a shell chandelier, a large framed mirror and decorative ladder used for towels rather than hooks. The limited colour palette gives the area a clean, fresh look.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux;Production: Sven Alberding


What at first seems to be a traditional bathroom space reveals itself have a modern edge thanks to contemporary drop-pendant lighting, a beautiful gold side table with a delicate profile and a deep Victorian-style ball-and-claw-foot bathtub that has been updated with a coat of glossy graphite-hued paint. The carved framed mirror – an antique shop find – is a dramatic focal piece and connects visually with the ornately framed portrait by South African artist Andrew Putter from his African Hospitality series.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


A monochromatic scheme makes this bathroom feel poised and contemporary. While simplicity reigns, there is still plenty of interest: from the contrast of the shiny tiles with the matt finish of the bagged stone floor and main walls to the play of angular shapes (the taps and bespoke black metal cupboard) versus round (the mirrors, basins and pendant lights). The basin stand – made from reeds that have been lashed together and set on bespoke white-painted steel legs – is an unusual choice of material but effective in injecting an element of texture and warmth.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding


Don’t shy away from all-over colour in a small bathroom or washroom. As well as enlivening the space, colourful walls will deflect attention from any design shortfalls. Pink, a shade that has crossed the line from accent colour to full-on classic, is a fun, lively and fresh choice.

Photography: Greg Cox and Warren Heath | Bureaux; Production: Sven Alberding

(Words: Mandy Allen; Cover image photography: Prue Ruscoe)

  • Mirrors in bathrooms, strategically positioned, will make the space feel bigger and lighter.
  • A niche recessed into the wall and hung with floating shelves is a space saver as well as an eye-catching architectural feature.
  • Maximise storage wherever you can. Open brass shelves form part of the basins and provide space for bath and hand towels.
  • A round tray can easily be converted into a quirky, compact table that’s ideal for the bathroom – a simple DIY job using hairpin or wooden furniture legs.
  • Introduce gloss and matt surfaces for a mood that is very of-the-moment. This nifty style trick also creates a sense of layering and energy in a space where colour has been purposely edited down.



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