The Perfect Bathroom: What Floats Your Boat?

Bathroom Bling at CP Hart by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

With temperatures verging on tropical here in Blighty right now, what better time to look at some pretty pictures of more nice bathrooms? Quite frankly I’m hugely tempted to abandon deskwork altogether to jump fully clothed under my shower head for an icy rinse, followed by lying pathetically on my cool ceramic floor until sundown. But sadly I have some gingerbread men to bake for a Christmas shoot tomorrow (yep, natch) so I shall stick to visual-only bathing with my eyes.

CP Hart Blogger's Event June 2013

As mentioned in my last post, CP Hart recently challenged a group of stylists and bloggers (including yours truly) to design a ‘dream’ bathroom scheme. As my long-slaved-over bathroom is still pretty dreamy to me, I came up with a parallel-universe dreamspace – see it here. What was interesting, however, when attending the event last week (including a tour round their inspirational Waterloo showroom featuring a modern bathroom set-up with a tub so big that six of us designers plus PR’s and showroom types could comfortably squeeze in with no one ‘stuck at the tap end’) was seeing everyone’s variations on the brief. Here are three of my favourite schemes from the day:

Graphic Contemporary Bathroom Board by Fabric of my Life, compiled by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

Super-blogger Kate, of Fabric of my Life fame, came up with this cool graphic look that for those who know her, is totally her. I LOVE these yellow tiles and super modern feel of her selection broken up with these quirky Marvis toothpaste tubes, and a dollop of geometric goes a long way in my book.

Gatsby Glamour Bathroom Board by Dear Designers, compiled by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

Heart Home editor Carol, of Dear Designer’s blog, cleverly fused a Great-Gatsby-by-way-of-Marrakech vibe to her dream bathing space. Featuring antiqued glass backdrops, subtle Riad floor tiles and touches of souk-chic bling within the accessories, this space is the perfect antidote to a slick silver space.

Easy Elegance Bathroom Board by A Diary of Lovely, compiled by Joanna Thornhill for Stylist's Own

And finally, Helena from A Diary of Lovely created an easy elegance-inspired bathing space, taking the lead from the bathroom of one of my favourite location houses belonging to uber-stylist Atlanta Bartlett of Pale & Interesting fame. This is a casual, elegantly mismatched look in a firmly neutral palette, with flashes of grey and black thrown in for interest. Vintage frames and mirrors adorn the walls and flooring is – naturally – a simple, whitewashed affair.

So there you have it – what’s your favourite look? If you’re still reading and haven’t run sweltering from the house to shoehorn yourself into the kid’s paddling pool with a Mr Whippy and a sunhat, that is….

{Images: Bathroom Bling pics copyright Joanna Thornhill. Group shot copyright A Diary of Lovely. All other images taken via the Pinterest boards of the mentioned bloggers – for credit details, see here for Fabric of my Life, here for Dear Designer’s and here for A Diary of Lovely}


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About Joanna Thornhill

Freelance Interior Stylist, Author, Writer and Crafter working for a range of magazine titles and commercial clients. Author of Home for Now (CICO Books 2014)

2 responses to “The Perfect Bathroom: What Floats Your Boat?”

  1. secretgardenhome says :


    I think my favourite is the scheme number 3 for its simplicity and elegance.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Have a good week.


  2. BAGNODESIGN Glasgow says :

    Really like the last set, great work with mirrors.

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