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Let these stylish bathrooms, ensuites and powder rooms straight from the pages of Real Living magazine inspire you to create the bathroom of your dreams.
Bathrooms are one of the trickiest rooms to design. From colour, shape and textured tile choices, fittings, hardware, and specific layout decisions, it can be an overwhelming process. As the design can’t be changed and reconfigured easily, it’s also crucial to get it right the first time.
Gallery: 9 stylish solutions for small spaces (Real Living)
Use the magic of mirrors. Mirrors can double the size of a room from first glance, so if your space feels claustrophobic, consider hanging a large mirror on a wall – preferably one that’s angled towards a window so it will even bounce natural light into the room.
Build cupboards up to the ceiling. This may seem impractical at first because you need a ladder to access the top cupboard, but utilise this spot for storing items you only use occasionally such as suitcases, spare bed linen and bulky items of clothing, just like the floor to ceiling cupboard in a bedroom of this Melbourne terrace.
Engage in a round-table conversation. Round dining tables are a great solution for compact or awkward spaces. Their curvy lines are very forgiving – you can easily manoeuvre around the edges and position them tightly in snug corners.
Paint it white. White will make any space feel larger, so if you have a small area to work with, try freshening it up with a lick of paint to create an optical illusion. Plus a glass roof creates an al fresco, spacious vibe in the dining room of this tranquil Melbourne terrace which was formerly an interior courtyard.
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bunk beds. You can’t really argue with the practicality of bunk beds, they offer two beds but only occupy the floor-space of one! The good news is bunk beds are making a big comeback and there are plenty of cool, creative styles currently available that will fit seamlessly with a stylish home, like this Scandi-style home on the Great Ocean Road.
Downsize your laundry. Slotting your washing machine and dryer into a cupboard enables you to have a laundry in high-traffic areas such the kitchen or bathroom, which can also be shut it away.
Opt for a wall-mounted vanity. Bathrooms are commonly rooms where space is an absolute premium and a suspended vanity frees up the floor. In this instance, constructing a mid-level wall to hang it off also creates a handy shelf, another excellent space saver!
Fill a nook or cranny of your home with shelves. In most houses not every wall is flush and not every room is square; there are often gaps or cavities which can be filled with shelves or cupboards, or a combination of both! Style these with some decor for a handy storage solution that will complement your home.
Make it portable. Furniture which you can easily manoeuvre and even wheel away is ideal for small spaces. Not only is it much easier to clean, you can also quickly clear the room and use it for a different purpose.
From rustic to modern, monochrome or bright and beautiful, let these beautiful bathrooms from the pages of Real Living inspire you to design a swoon-worthy space in your own home. If you’re not here for inspiration, just sit back and imagine yourself in one of these deep bathtubs, B.Y.O wine and bath bubbles.
Because of it’s owner’s aversion to colour, the designers of this minimally renovated Victorian terrace placed a huge emphasis on tone and texture when selecting the fixtures and finishes. In the powder room, a White Emperador marble basin and shelf was custom-made by a stone fabricator, with the off-white pendant from Anchor Ceramics the perfect accompaniment.
Natural materials play a key part in the Hamptons-inspired style bathroom in this beautiful coastal home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The owners discovered that sandstone in the lower half of the house had been quarried from their block during the original build. Some areas had existing sandstone walls. However this wall had been covered in render and painted white. “We had the render carefully removed to expose the stone again.”
The bold blue tiles in the Mediterranean-inspired bathroom of this Lana Taylor’s modern home were paired with a simple white palette in the rest of the space to let it be the feature. “These tiles are all individual – they don’t come on a mat or anything. We created a random pattern and got our tiler to replicate it,” Lana said.
The bathroom in stylist Pernille Teisbæk’s Copenhagen home features a beautiful blend of materials, with herringbone marble tiles and timber floors meeting perfectly on the floor and exposed beams bringing warmth and character. The mirror is Gubi and the chair is by Philip Arctander.
The glamorous but classic bathroom in Georgie Abay’s Sydney home is a relaxation zone with eye-catching fashion-inspired art, woven baskets, plush towels and a simple colour palette.
The beauty of existing features and an aged patina is hero of this bathroom. Concrete-look tiles with a gorgeous aged grain, brass taps and a timber vanity are complemented by a modern basin and deep egg bath which keeps the look more luxe than ‘old-fashioned’, to suit it’s Byron Bay beach house home.
The bathroom in this modern beach house in Bondi features polished concrete tiles, Laminex cabinetry and New York marble vanity tops to mirror the materials used in the kitchen, creating identical nods to nature and subtle, muted tones.
Timeless finishes and a functional layout mean the bathroom is luxurious but still user-friendly in this 1970s family home. A freestanding bath from Concrete Nation takes pride of place and adds another layer of luxury, as do the beautiful mosaic tiles and brushed-brass fittings.
Soft pink tiles elongate the bathroom walls adding graphic impact this this compact bathroom in a converted garage-turned guesthouse. Space-saving inclusions like recessed shelving, frameless shower screens and large-scale mirrors have been chosen to maximise functionality in a small bathroom.
Textural plaster-finished surfaces and sophisticated brass accents are the standout features of the bathroom in this culinary blogger’s apartment in Hong Kong. A woven basket, wall hooks and vintage stool bring storage and visual warmth to the compact space.
The resort-style bathroom in Magali Pascal’s Bali home is completely open to the elements. Everything from the recycled wood mirror to the natural stone basin and wall sconces were designed by Magali. Earthenware sourced from local antique shops and a jute floor cushion and rug add to the spa-like experience.
This bold bathroom by Arent&Pyke has a crisp, smartened-up feel that’s achieved with the introduction of graphic black elements like the bathtub, vanity detailing and towel rack in this bathroom.
Bright, white and calming, this modern rustic bathroom by stylist Romi Weinberg celebrates texture and the beauty of raw materials, and showcases the best of Mediterranean-inspired design. Terracotta floor tiles and Moroccan tadelakt plaster has been used to produce a peaceful colour palette that can be updated to suit any trend.
“Bathrooms are small spaces that can be luxurious,” said the owner of this charming Parisian apartment. “They are the perfect place to indulge a renovation budget.” Painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green, the colour of the room changes with the light. She wanted a claw foot tub to relax in and found this one on Le Bon Coin. The custom floor tiles are inspired by a design she saw in Spain.
The Apaiser stone bath in the master bedroom ensuite of this spectacular weatherboard home is positioned in the best spot to take in the magnificent ocean view. The bath, along with the basins that were bought as one-offs from Indigo Tile Design, add an organic simplicity to the space. Haughey Group made the timber vanity.
The quaint bathroom in Deb Bibby’s Pittwater beach shack has a curtain to add charm and privacy to the peaceful space. The bath is the Ottocento from Artedomus and the tapware is from The English Tapware Company.
The minimal white bathroom in this refined Palm Beach holiday house, was created using Tiles By Kate subway tiles with Caesarstone benchtops and a luxurious freestanding stone bath from Bathroom Warehouse.