Today we are looking at what’s hot in the world of bathrooms. From ceramics and minimalist furniture to complete modern bathroom collections that have an eye on sustainability.

Strap in…. bathroom finishes are in for a huge shake up!

When exploring bathroom materials, I’ve noticed trends fall into two camps this year. The natural camp focuses on craftsmanship and earthy materials and the other embraces the artificial, changeable and experimental finishes.


Long has it been the case when deciding on bathroom finishes that clients tend to think in the 6 10 year realm, often trying to predict what they will still love in 10 years. Trying to create a scheme that’s future proof…. basically white. It dawned on me that this is so far removed from how we live in our modern world, with a fast pace of adaptability in almost every element, food, fashion and other elements of residential interiors. Why has it taken bathrooms so long to join the party?

With this in mind I was excited to see the introduction of organic & sustainable materials that were never thought possible in the world of water, step up wood, cork, terracotta and rattan.

These additions shatter the illusion that bathroom materials are cold and unforgiving with a new focus on earthy elements that bring natural warmth to the space. Reclaimed wood cabinetry is a hot option this season. I’m excited to see that Axor is offering this as an upgrade to the standard brassware, as seen below in the ”My edition” range.

How about repurposing existing wooden furniture in to the bathroom space?

If you were to take an existing dresser or cabinet I would advise (as a minimum) a class 2 protection. FYI – class 2 timbers have occasional moisture content greater than 18% and it is essential to add a water protective finish like oil or varnish. Some types of wood reach class 2 conditions when protected such as pine, red oak and elm.


It’s here…. visionary finishes such as glass illuminated with LED light. Brassware furniture with ombré surfaces. This all sounds like an outtake from “BACK TO THE FUTURE” but it’s a reality and actually incredibly appealing.  

At Milan Design Week 2019, Odd Matter showcased liquid-look furniture with ombré surfaces. They were blurring the lines between natural and digital design by embracing gradient colours across what we would see as a traditional surface.

These are all far fetched for our domestic environments, I can’t see this making it into your local John Lewis. However as with high fashion elements do filter down to the high street. I think we will see these in the form of colour-changing and glossy metals and ceramics with liquid reflections and subtle texture.

The beautiful pieces below are a subtle take on this movement, working in harmony with a traditional white basin and pan to bring it up-to-date, yet future proof it with the interchangeable elements of the “So” basin mixer. The dials can be swapped and changed fairly simply to refresh the look, prolonging the bathroom’s design life.

In conclusion, I’ve interpreted the natural and futuristic elements into a cohesive and considered design. Inspiration, not trends are a minefield of fads, however the mood board screams longevity; it creates the feeling of a bespoke space, with a nod to a traditional bathroom vibe.

That’s all folks! I really hope you found the piece interesting, and as always I’m happy to answer any further questions you may have alternatively email

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So let’s chat ensuite’s, we’ve all been there, boutique hotel sitting in a roll top bath thinking how at peace you feel, that little luxury of space adjacent to the bedroom. Only to return home to piles of washing on your bedroom floor, makeup bags overflowing with product, precariously balanced on your bedside table.

OK. So here are the elements to consider when making a box room /dumping ground into an ensuite, and not just any ensuite, one that most boutique hotels would be envious of.

Let’s start with the What & How questions?

What’s the best size for an ensuite bathroom?

The best size for a box room conversion to ensuite bathrooms is 2m x 1.5m, at the other end of the spectrum, you can go as large as your space permits.  Our designs always allow for a standard shower tray (usually 900 x 900mm), wall hung toilet and vanity unit. Freestanding baths will work in space of a shower tray and frameless shower screen. The minimum width between sanitary wear we would suggest is 80 cm, or as I often describe to clients a person width, if you can turn in the space between the basin and the shower that’s your absolute minimum.

How much does it cost to create an ensuite bathroom?

The cost is dependant on the quality of your sanitary wear, your tiling design and most importantly the installer’s fees.  On average our entry-level ensuite projects cost £6,5000 inclusive of installation.

When looking at ensuite bathrooms, we often start with the need.

Why are you creating this additional room?  

Is it to ease the congestion in the family bathroom?

Are you looking for a sanctuary to retreat to after work?

The answer to the majority of these questions is …….


Think back to the boutique hotel ensuite experience, what were the elements of the bathroom design that resonated with you?  Was it the ability to chat with your partner whilst wallowing in the bath, or store your makeup in a JO Malone showroom style display? List these and then use them to plan the layout of the new ensuite.

Bathroom design points to consider

When creating the ensuite design, the key is to create a visual divide between the master bedroom and ensuite, allowing the bathroom to seem spacious, with an abundance of light. This can in the form of frosted glass partition doors or concealed pocket doors.

Wall hung fittings, such as vanity units and toilets, increase the floor space by fixing to the wall, and they, therefore, create the illusion of space. As seen here in our Surrey project we used wall hung toilet and a striped tiling pattern that draws the eye across the room.

Storage space comes in the form of built-in shower niches, these house all the bottles and jars in one space for ease of and most importantly stops them kamikaze onto your foot when entering the shower. Built-in niches ensure everything has its place, without encroaching into the bathrooms usable space.

So there you have it ensuites 101! The images featured in this blog post are from our Surrey project having implemented the above we achieved the boutique hotel vibe in our client home. 

That’s all folks! I really hope you found the piece interesting, and as always I’m happy to answer any further questions you may have or head over to email All images & mood board copyright are owned by Emma merry styling except where noted. Please make sure you credit and link/tag if you use them. All photography & rights owned by . Thank you x