Make a splash | Luxury bathroom ideas
Create the perfect spa-like sanctuary with the latest in luxury lifestyle bathroom ideas, from tiling to technology.
Form meets function
01 This home bathroom space achieves effortless glamour without being cold or clinical. ‘The high shine of the pewter bath exterior as well as the glossy ceramic stool was balanced by the luxurious deep pile of the rug as well as the textured sea-grass wallpaper and oak shutters,’ says interior designer Kim Stephen. ‘It was all about creating balance.’ The oak shutters, sourced from Plantation Shutters, were designed to be installed ‘cafe-style’ so that they have a horizontal split, allowing the bottom section to be closed and the top open. ‘I wanted to create maximum privacy without forfeiting the incredible mountain view,’ says Kim. Find this bath at Victorian Bathrooms. Also try American Shutters for a wide range of options.
Modern, urban, Zen
02 This freestanding Vieques tub by Agape in one of Babylonstoren Farm Hotel’s country bathrooms is a sleek and contemporary take on an old classic. Paired here with Cape Dutch architecture and classical fittings, it gives the space a quirky yet fresh, laid-back appeal. Agape products are available through Lavo Bathrooms.
03 This built-in bath in a Greg Natale-designed space takes the idea of a marble surround one step further by introducing a series of steps to make getting in a little easier. Consider carving grooves into them to provide some friction and prevent slipping. Antiques & Heritage can provide customised solutions.
04 It’s no secret that the world looks to Japanese principles when bringing peace and harmony into a design. The new Aman Hotel in Tokyo is the perfect representation. Straight lines juxtaposed with natural surfaces create an effortless Zen-like aesthetic with an end result that is the epitome of simplicity.
05 A compromise between the open- and closed-plan approach, this steel and glass wall screens off the Feix & Merlin Architects-designed bathroom without blocking the light. It creates the illusion that both spaces are larger than they actually are while still protecting the sleeping area from any water and steam from the bathroom. Custom-make a window or door solution to suit your space with Steel Windows 2000.
06 Nothing creates ambience quite like soft lighting. While these waterproof wall sconces wash the shower with a warm glow, built-in LEDs illuminate the recessed shelf to create an eye-catching focal point that is both beautiful and functional, thanks to interior designer Taylor Howes. The Lighting Warehouse is your go-to for a range of similar light fittings.
07 If you love being outdoors, increase the time you spend in nature by installing an outdoor shower. This contemporary example by Rockefeller Partners Architects cleverly incorporates the structure of the shower in the home’s concrete walkway to the garden, giving it a sense of openness while ensuring total privacy. Try the Hansgrohe Axor ShowerProducts range for an industrial-look fixture that is designed to work inside or out, available through Flush Bathrooms.
08 The queen of neutrals, internationally renowned British designer Kelly Hoppen uses colour blocking in grey and white to create zoning in this open wet-room space. With a floor tiled from edge to edge and fully waterproofed walls, the design makes use of a simple floor-to-ceiling glass sheet to semi-screen off the shower. Duravit has a range of shower partitions to create a variety of enclosures.
09 For the ultimate in luxury, a rain shower provides an all-encompassing full-body massage from above. The ceiling-fitted Raindance Rainmaker by Hansgrohe mixes water with air, which makes the droplets plumper and lighter for a more pleasant experience as well as increasing the efficiency of water use. This sophisticated fixture takes it up a notch with integrated lighting – start your day bathed in cool blue wavelengths, which are known to elevate mood and increase attention span. The interior design for this bathroom space is created by AV Architects.
10 Inspired by the shape of the classic Japanese wood fountain, the Zen tap – designed by DanishItalian duo GamFratesi for the Axor WaterDream project – epitomises the Japanese principles of minimalism, simplicity and tranquillity. Carved entirely from wood and with its carefully designed single-stream water flow, the fitting is a more literal way to bring the outdoors in. Available through Flush Bathrooms.
Dressing it up
11 Bathroom Butler’s ingenious Edge Collection heated rail doubles up as a place to hang your used towels as well as a shelf to store additional towels, all the while keeping them warm and ready for use.
12 Inspired by the use of wooden ladders for towel storage in bathrooms, Jeeves has developed the Tangent L Ladder rail, offering the same trendy aesthetic, complete with all the benefits of a wall-mounted heated towel rail. ‘The design is a good blend of form meets function as it utilises Automatic Heating Technology, which provides an energy-efficient way to heat and dry towels,’ says Mark Bennett, sales and marketing director at Jeeves. Available in a mirror-polished, brushed, white or black surface finish, this innovative product is available at Italtile.
13 A usually small (and sometimes dark) space, the guest loo is the ideal place to splash out on wallpaper without breaking the bank. This wallcovering from ROMO South Africa’s Lomasi range includes shimmering beads that catch the light to create pleasing reflections, while a delicate embossing adds subtle texture to the surface. For marble splashbacks, Womag is your go-to.
14 Simple metallic details can really elevate a bathroom space from ordinary to extraordinary, such as this one designed by Studio McGee. Here, a simple concrete slab is enhanced tenfold with beautiful brass taps with the idea reinforced in the brass-framed mirror. Look at Kohler’s beautiful Purist range, available in a range of finishes, including brushed brass and brushed gold.
15 If you have the space, a dressing table or beauty station is an ideal addition to a main bathroom area, providing an attractive divide between a double-basin set-up or simply a convenient pause area to enjoy during your morning ritual. ‘If you don’t have the space for a chair, consider an upholstered ottoman that can be pushed underneath the countertop when not in use,’ says interior designer Saskia Bouwer.
16 Quirky yet timeless, sophisticated yet warm, this bathroom space strikes a careful balance. ‘We wanted this bathroom to walk the line between luxe and organic,’ says interior designer Caitlin Murray of Black Lacquer Design. ‘We incorporated reclaimed wood and cement tiles juxtaposed against shiny penny rounds, and lacquered brass fixtures achieved that effect.’ For black hexagonal mosaics, check out Douglas Jones’ Porcelain Hexagon collection. Hadeda has a huge selection of encaustic cement and hand-painted Mexican tiles in an array of colours.
Conceal and reveal
17 A clever way to save space, this built-in bathroom cabinet is concealed as a wall-mounted mirror when closed. For similar wall lights, which are another excellent way to save on space, have a look at the Brightstar ML005 Bathroom Bulkhead wall sconce from Glo Lighting. Interior design by Feix & Merlin Architects.
18 Surface-mounted basins in this space by Bathroom Butler are a welcome diversion from the more common countersunk option. Off-set straight lines and sharp edges by choosing a more organic-looking fixture such as this one – the robust rectangular shape is softened by rounded bevelled edges, creating an interesting design aesthetic. Find something similar by Laufen at Italtile.
• Plantation Shutters: plantation.co.za
• Victorian Bathrooms: victorianbathrooms.co.za
• American Shutters: americanshutters.co.za
• Agape: agapedesign.it
• Lavo Bathrooms: lavo.co.za
• Antiques & Heritage: antiquesandheritage.com
• Aman Hotel in Tokyo: aman.com/resorts/aman-tokyo
• Steel Windows 2000: windows2000.co.za
• The Lighting Warehouse: www.lightingwarehouse.co.za
• Hansgrohe: hansgrohe.co.za
• Flush Bathrooms: flushbathrooms.co.za
• Duravit: duravit.com
• GamFratesi: gamfratesi.com
• Bathroom Butler: bathroombutler.co.za
• Jeeves: jeeves.co.za
• Italtile: italtile.co.za
• ROMO South Africa: romosouthafrica.com
• Womag: womag.co.za
• Kohler: kohler.com
• Douglas Jones: douglasjones.co.za
• Hadeda: hadeda-tiles.com
• Glo Lighting: glolighting.co.za
Text Kelly Adami
Photographs Warren Heath/bureaux.co.za, Anson Smart, Simon C Maxwell, Tom Sullam, Eric Staudenmaier, Oliver Douglas, Travis J Photography, Mary Costa, Tessa Neustadt and supplied