For Sophie Harrold and the team at Simply Bathrooms, being given the task of redesigning a bathroom that sat within a somewhat unusual property was a dream come true. “Our customers were a fun and vibrant couple living in a unique riverside lodge positioned along the banks of the river Thames by Hampton Court Palace,” explains Sophie. “The property has a quirky and characterful vibe, just like its owners, which we wanted to replicate within the bathroom design.
“As a result, we created a very transitional design, which blurs the boundaries between contemporary and traditional to suit this property’s house style. This quirky style combination required a cleverly thought-out design, which may look thrown together but had the perfect balance of pattern and colour to hang everything together.”
The previous bathroom hadn’t been updated since the property was built and so the owners inherited a retro scheme in much need of refurbishment. They hadn’t even been able to use the space properly for some time thanks to a problematic leaking shower-bath.
The main brief for Simply Bathrooms was to have a large, spacious shower area. Due to the size of the room, the owners had previously been told they would not be able to fit a large shower and a freestanding bath but when re-looking at the space, Sophie and her team suggested using a clever space-saving bi-fold shower screen from The Shower Lab and fully tiled wet room to allow the floorspace to fit in a beautiful freestanding roll top bath as well.
When it came to the inspiration for the new design, Sophie explains how they wanted the space to feel like a liveable piece of art. “Something that would spark joy,” she adds, “and really encompass our customers’ style. We chose the unlikely pairing of Ca’ Pietra’s Parisian Café porcelain and the National Trust Tile Collection Brewhouse tiles because we loved the perennially popular café Parisian print in the bold monochromatic colours, knowing this would work well set against the incredible House of Hackney Rose-Quartz Limerence wallpaper. We wanted to bring out the warmer colours in the paper but needed something more earthy with a slight industrial feel for the floor, in order to balance out the more decorative walls. Real terracotta wasn’t an option, as it was too porous for a wet room floor so the new National Trust range was a perfect and practical choice.”
Simply Bathrooms are firm fans of Ca’ Pietra tiles for their projects. “They are our ‘go to’ for bold or interesting patterned tiles,” says Sophie. “No-one does colour quite like them! Ca’ Pietra’s stylish range fits perfectly into our business model. We pride ourselves on designing unique bathrooms for our customers and they always love the huge range available at Ca’ Pietra, meaning no two bathrooms are ever same.”
Alongside the more decorative elements of the bathroom, Sophie layered in some industrial touches including Studio Ore’s brushed brass fittings with a mix of lever and steam wheel handles, an incredible Bard & Brazier La Fayette towel rail, Bathroom Origins’ beautiful Docklands hexagonal mirror and Mullan’s Lena lights. “We love how the bright brass accents really pop against some of the darker colours within the room,” says Sophie. “The vanity unit is also a standout piece for us. We designed this in-house to suit the customers’ taste and bathroom design perfectly.
“Tiles are one of the most important factors when designing a bathroom,” concludes Sophie. “People’s homes are not just functional spaces, they are their sanctuaries, their workspaces, where they love and how they live. The tiles are the backdrop to any great bathroom design and they give the customer the opportunity to be bold and reflect their style and values. It takes a lot of courage to invest in an interesting maximalist interior concept within your bathroom but we think it’s really important not follow all the mainstream trends but go for something really unique and personal to you, so you’ll love it for a long time to come!”