Winning bathroom ideas

Give a boring bathroom distinctive character with these clever ideas

Eclectic character

Eclectic bathroom - winning bathroom ideas

Jewellery designer Kirsten Goss gave her Durban bathroom personality by mirroring a wall. She also turned an old painted table into a stylish vanity by fitting it with a contemporary countertop basin. A painting by Angela Murray plus towels and accessories add a zing of colour.

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Mixed appeal

Classic bathroom - winning bathroom ideas

A wall-mounted, custom-made vanity in hard-wearing birch ply takes centre stage in this bathroom. It goes against tradition by hanging the fretwork-framed mirrors upside down. The combination of honey-coloured mosaics and basic white tiles adds warmth and texture, while still keeping the look light and fresh.

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Rococo rocks

Rococo bathroom - winning bathroom ideas

Guest loos give you the opportunity to go over the top. This over-scaled Designers Guild wallpaper from Home Fabrics makes a stylish statement and also creates the illusion of space. There’s a quirky mix of old and new with an antique mirror and an old side table set against the slick black floor.

Grand designs

Grand bathroom - winning bathroom ideas

Oozing with opulence, this Constantia bathroom designed by Nicky Tyers of Colonial House Design relies  on the furnishings to give it style and comfort. A striking blind, a velvet ottoman, a Louis chair and a modern side table are all offset by a beautiful Chinese rug. Without these elements the room would be very bland.

A new angle

Chequerboard bathroom - winning bathroom ideas

A predictable layout can be boring. In this bathroom at the Maremoto boutique hotel on Long Street, Cape Town, Joke Glauser of Décor Workshop installed the Victorian bath at a jaunty angle. This not only saved space, but gave the bathroom ‘attitude.’ This she enhanced with a black and white chequerboard floor and a sophisticated black shower cubicle.

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