13 genius design ideas to give your bathroom a designer look

Is your bathroom reaching it’s full potential?

It can be all too easy to feel disheartened if your bathroom is looking more drab than fab, but there are plenty of ways to give this much used space a touch of designer style. Your bathroom should be an oasis—a calming place to begin and end each day, and one that reflects your personality too.

Whatever the size of your bathroom, there’s plenty you can do to inject style and character. From small changes and simple swaps like replacing chrome taps with statement brass, and adding interior details like a ladder towel rack, striking mirror, vanity stool, bathroom art and fresh or faux foliage, to the bigger investments like stunning bathroom wallpaper, unusual bathroom tiles, a new vanity unit or even a whole new shower room or freestanding bath, here are 13 genius bathroom ideas – with a little help from the bigbathroomshop.co.uk.

So, if you’re stuck for ways to create an interior designed look, check out these top tips and scroll down for some Pin-worthy bathroom inspiration!

1. Fit a wow-factor mirror

It’s surprising just how much a statement, oversized or sculptural mirror can transform the look of your bathroom. Round mirrors are very on-trend right now, and they offer a more stylish alternative to the usual square or rectangular shapes. If you’d rather keep your existing mirror you could fit an eye-catching light fixture over the top of it and make a statement this way instead. Or get a little creative and hang two different sized round mirrors on an angle for something a little different.

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2. Update your taps

Sometimes the simplest changes can make all the difference, and brass taps could be the finishing touch that your bathroom is crying out for.


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Brass taps are not just for sinks, but baths and showers too!

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Waterfall taps are great for adding designer style too, as are taps with clean, geometric lines.


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3. Splash out on a countertop sink

There’s something very spa-like about a countertop bowl sink. And unlike your usual every day sinks, there’s much more room for unusual design – from Moroccan inspired patterns to rustic wood, and from glamorous gold to sculptural shapes.


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4. Add a homely touch

Bathrooms are arguably one of the most functional rooms in a home, so it’s no surprise that people often veer toward practicality when renovating the space. While classic functional bathrooms offer timeless appeal, these stunning bathroom design ideas will make you think twice about bathroom interiors!

Most of us already have a bath mat, but what about a regular rug? Just because it’s a bathroom, when it comes to design many people treat it differently from the rest of their home.

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A pretty rug, ceiling pendant, potted plant and vanity stool can turn your bathroom into a haven where you enjoy spending time.

Below, a rug, chandelier and ceramic stool help create a homely atmosphere.


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And if you have the space, a small armchair and side table soften the sterile feel of a bathroom.

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If you have a spacious bathroom, you could even break the room up by placing a storage island in the middle.

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5. Style up a tray

One quick and easy way to add a designer touch to your bathroom is to display chic accessories, luxurious toiletries, perfume and a candle on a shallow wooden or metallic tray. Ramp up the style further by placing cotton wool balls and pretty soaps into glass jars. Keep the colour theme consistent for a harmonious look.


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6. Two of everything

Create an interior designed looking space by keeping the room as symmetrical as possible. This works best with his & hers sinks, with matching wall sconces and mirrors, as well as identical storage.


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7. Choose a stand-out tile

Stand out tiles provide a great way to colour, texture and pattern to your bathroom. For maximum impact, choose tiles in a bold colour or pattern and use over the bath, in the shower enclosure or behind the basin. Patterned floor tiles teamed with white metro tiles is another way to make a statement in your bathroom. For a spa-like feel, opt for stone or slate effect tiles, and enhance the scheme further with natural wood tones.

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8. Wonderful wallpaper

Wallpaper add fun, colour and personality to a bathroom. Not convinced? See my bathroom wallpaper roundup!


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9. Stylish storage

Every bathroom, no matter how small or big, needs somewhere stylish and practical to keep clutter hidden away from view. A vanity basin unit exudes designer style, and you’ll have somewhere to neatly store away toiletries. To enhance a sense of space, choose a wall mounted design, and if you have plenty of room in your bathroom, go for a vanity unit with double basins for a luxury his-and-hers look.


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10. Clever wall recesses

For flush storage, a wall recess in the shower or above the bath creates enough space for shampoo and body wash, or a wall recess above the sink could be a stylish spot to display soaps and hand wash.


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11. Luxury shower rooms

And speaking of showers, if you’re looking to modernise the bathroom, shower rooms don’t come cheap but promise a grown-up chic bathroom interior. For a more affordable option, tile the bathroom and fit just a shower screen for a space and money saving alternative.

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12. Bathroom art

Who said you can’t hang a painting in the bathroom?

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A gallery wall is striking and unexpected in a bathroom, and offers guests something to look at while sitting on the loo!


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If you have a limited art collection (here is my roundup of the best affordable original art), you could opt for framed prints instead. Style them as a gallery wall, or lean them against the wall on a shelf.

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13. Fancy foliage

Last but not least, from potted plants to succulents and even hanging plants, treat your bathroom to some convincing faux foliage for a fuss-free burst of greenery.


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