Some bathrooms are made for pomp and pageantry. Rooms with high ceilings, large bay windows and intricate architectural details cry out for elegant, luxurious suites that do their surroundings justice.
Decadent doesn’t mean musty and unfashionable. This timeless and sophisticated style is reinterpreted each new year with a contemporary twist.
This regal look is fit for the aristocracy. It is about creating a rich, indulgent sanctuary so your bathroom is more than just a functional space, but a lavish escape from daily life. “Bathrooms have evolved,” explains Belinda Try, founder and executive director of Apaiser, “from places of functional ablution to sanctuaries of indulgence away from the world”.
Don’t be put off by the space you have — this style can work just as well in an urban loft as it can in a country mansion — it’s all about selecting the right products for your space.
A classic freestanding bath is at the heart of this look, but they can be large and even too heavy for some floors. “Weight can prove an issue with some freestanding baths,” says Phil Etherden, managing director of The Albion Bath Company, “Albion’s unique Iso-enamel material has all the benefits of cast iron without the drawbacks of extreme weight and heat loss”.
If space is a concern why not opt for a smaller length bath with a deeper depth? It will fit the style while being able to hold enough water to deliver a luxurious bathing experience. Glamorous and tactile materials such as natural stones, solid wood, glass and mirrors exude luxurious decadence. A freestanding cast iron Spey bath from Drummonds has been installed beneath the window in this lavish bathroom. The bath has a polished exterior that gives it reflective qualities. Bath from £3,570. drummonds-uk.com
For those who want to get-the-look but are short on space there is the Tubby Too roll top bath from The Albion Bath Company. It has a small length and a deep depth that is ideal for those who enjoy a relaxing soak. It is finished here in Burnished Gold and it is also available painted in any Dulux Trade colour. £1,930. albionbathco.com
Classic cast iron baths inspired the design of the Admiral freestanding bath by Devon & Devon. Its ‘Eagle’ feet, which are made of cast iron and finished in polished aluminium, accentuate its freestanding form. A Coventry bath and shower mixer in chrome finish complement the bath, which is available in 213 painted hues. £2,930. devon-devon.com
The luxurious Waldorf bathroom collection from Crosswater could have come straight from the pages of The Great Gatsby. The elegant collection is evocative of early twentiethcentury style and allows you to get-the-look without upgrading to a mansion in the suburbs. Waldorf back-to-wall WC and bidet in Tunnel white £480 each; Waldorf doublewash basin in white £1,295. crosswater.co.uk
A sensational freestanding bath beneath a magnificent, large antique mirror gives this space a decadent feel. The Harmony range designed by Kelly Hoppen for Apaiser is a contemporary take on the period style. It features a stunning layered freestanding bath and countertop basin, both made of a stone composite material. Available in Charcoal dark grey, Taupe beige, Linen cream or Polar White (as shown). Bath from £7,375. apaiser.com
This flamboyant look is anything but minimal. Piping that is usually concealed is transformed into an aesthetic feature. La Cage from Catchpole & Rye is a shower enclosure formed of its own pipework. The eye-catching design surrounds the user in a cage of perforated pipes that ensure the body is sprayed with water from all sides. This version, which is complemented by a feminine shower curtain, is in a silver nickel finish. Price on request. catchpoleandrye.com
This Corian Peace basin has been wrapped in Corian Juniper, a veined bluish-grey version of the solid surface material. The white basin and marble-effect surround create an intriguing contrast with the traditional parquet flooring beneath. The basin has been paired with ornate taps that give the unit an elegant edge. From £450. corian.co.uk