How to create a hotel-style bathroom

Hotel-style bathroom design

Bathing bliss

If you have the space, make a statement freestanding bath the centrepiece of the room. Buy the best you can afford. Think solid casting and smooth, velvety finishes, and don’t be afraid to explore different styles and shapes. Bateau or slipper baths really catch the eye, especially if you cite them in the centre of the room. And of course, they don’t just look good. Bigger baths are perfect for long, languid, spa-style soaks, either alone or à deux. Another way to make a splash in a hotel-style bathroom, in every sense, is to choose a sunken bath. Modern designs can be built virtually flush to the floor or walls of your bathroom. Add a sunken Jacuzzi pump for the ultimate indulgence! Otherwise a freestanding model will work wonderfully. For instance, I adore this beautiful bathroom, which can be found in The Silo Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

Shower power

Double basins are de rigueur for a luxe, hotel-style look. But it’s worth considering his and hers showering too. A large walk-in space with quality screens and individual controls won’t just help you combat the morning rush, it’ll transform your bathroom into a five-star facility. In addition, statement walk-in rain showers/wet rooms are another option that gives instant opulence. I particularly love this design created by Couto Homes in the USA.

Mirrors and lighting

All the best hotel bathrooms have great lighting and excellent mirrors. One such example is in this luxury bathroom at the Four Seasons Hotel in Paris. This is not just so you can admire yourself from every angle. But it will instantly make the space feel larger, lighter and brighter so bigger is better. Furthermore, plan carefully and include as many mirrors as possible (on walls and surfaces) and plenty of different lighting options. These days, there’s often more to a mere mirror than meets the eye. Look out for the latest multi-media options that incorporate functions such as DAB radio reception, digital displays and touch-sensitive controls. Integrated demister pads are another useful option for a luxury, hotel-style bathroom.

Let’s talk tiles

Most upscale hotels favour floor-to-ceiling tiles. These can be in the exact same shade and size or look dramatically different for more impact. I adore this bathroom, which has been designed with tiles from Fired Earth. It’s a practical option for a room that gets wet at least once a day, but also gives a sleek, sophisticated finish to your bathroom décor. Initially it’s a more expensive option than a part-tiled room although, in the longer-term, it means spending less time and money on maintenance of painted walls and skirting boards. Neutral colours are tasteful, versatile, and won’t date, but for smaller rooms a statement colour or pattern is a clever way to add a touch of personality.

Hotels can be a wonderful source for interiors inspiration. Find out more by reading my blog post on my favourite five luxury london hotels.