Bathroom ideas to steal from luxury hotels
Hoteliers around the world understand that for some guests, a hotel is more than just a place to lay their head. Victorian Plumbing has discovered that we’re so enamoured with the bathrooms of luxury hotels, more than 1.6 million photos on Instagram are tagged #bathroomselfie.
With far-flung luxury holidays largely off the agenda this summer, you might be craving the opulence that a hotel bathroom can bring. Here, George Holland, bathroom expert at Victorian Plumbing, explains how to incorporate ideas from five luxury hotels into our own homes.
The Silo Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Pops of clashing colour complement vintage vanity units to create a unique bathroom experience. While you might not be able to recreate the views from one of The Silo’s bathrooms, you can take inspiration by mixing the old and new together. Try a vintage chandelier-style light alongside a brightly coloured modern storage bench.
The Siam, Bangkok
White subway tiles with dark grout complement the dark furniture, taps and sink. This monochrome bathroom is one of the easiest and most cost-effective looks to recreate at home. Choosing a simple, white bathroom suite keeps costs down, so you can really splash out on the accessories. Create a contrast with anthracite storage and matt black taps.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
This is a great example of small-space luxury, where less really does mean more. The simple white freestanding bath is at an angle, which immediately makes the space feel inviting. The glass shower enclosure allows the light to travel through the space and reflect off the white walls and flooring. This gives the illusion of a larger room.
Como Point Yamu, Phukett
Blue is a natural fit for a bathroom, as it is soothing, relaxing and evokes images of the sea! Also, when paired with white fixtures, as seen here, it’s a crowd-pleasing option. The Como Point Yamu has given its blue bathroom a modern update with mosaic tiles, a deep freestanding tub and a leaning ladder towel rail.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
With so much moisture and humidity in the bathroom, it’s no wonder we focus on the durability of materials, but this can leave the room feeling cold. Natural materials such as wood, jute and rattan can soften the room and warm it up. This is what the Six Senses has done by pairing the organic touches with white fittings. One tip: update smaller details, rather than the larger surfaces or furniture.
5 inexpensive tricks to add a touch of luxury
Your bathroom should feel like a sanctuary away from the rest of the world. It can often be the only place that you can get some time on your own to unwind, so why not make it look and feel amazing? You don’t need the budget of one of these luxury hotels to make your bathroom feel special.
1. Update the small stuff: By swapping out storage, lighting, mirrors or even bath mats, you can take your bathroom from functional to fabulous without having to renovate.
2. Add a touch of luxe: An indulgdent hand wash, some fluffy towels and a soft bathrobe can make all of the difference. Try decanting your usual hand wash into a stylish dispenser for a touch of sustainable luxury.
3. Metallic details make all the difference: Try swapping your white plastic shower curtain rings for brass, or swap the wooden knobs on your bathroom cabinet for metal. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference this can make.
4. Add some framed art: A framed print can really add an extra dimension to your bathroom and add interest to a blank wall. Choose something abstract and full of colour for an instant upgrade.
5. Decant your essentials: Forget packets of cotton wool balls cluttering up your basin. Invest in some lidded glass jars and decant your essentials into them. Add a marble tray and make a feature out of your simple storage solution.
Featured image: Be inspired by the soothing blues of this bathroom at the Como Point Yamu hotel, Phuket.
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