Bathroom Design Inspiration To Stand The Test of Time

We’re generally all for making the most of what you have. In fact we like nothing better than finding quirky pieces and inspirational decor ideas and using them to transform a space that’s seen better days.

But sometimes only new will do and if you’ve been itching to rip out that suite for years then, budget permitting, it may be time to go ahead and purchase a younger, fresher model. You may be looking for something that you can love for years or something that you can palm off on the next buyers (we’re only being honest) but either way, re-styling your bathroom should go beyond the statement mod-cons and focus on a design that will stand the test of time and the ravages of changing styles.

So here’s our selection of the bathrooms that grow old gracefully…

Cottage Chic

With this look, simple suite designs, a touch of traditionalism and original floorboards go a long way to making this a space that will suit most tastes and still appeal in 15 years. A white enamel roll top bath is as classic as it is admired and it’s fair to say most of us have been lusting after one for several years.

We say if a design love burns that brightly, it’s a bathroom fixture that’s meant to last. We also love the natural wooden floors seen here too, wooden floors can act as a contemporary alternative to tiles or the dreaded lino and can look much fresher as time goes by. Wooden floors are also really adaptable and you can simply stain them when you’re looking for a change or even whitewash or apply a splash of colour.

Minimal Minimalism

Let us explain. The minimalist look can sometimes look almost absurdly futuristic and a quick search of ‘modern bathroom’ is likely to bring up the type of infinity baths that extend outside and culminate in a semi outside-in swimming pool. Yes it really does exist. But while a spaceship style bathroom might look slightly ironically retro in 10 years, a few minimalists touches can create a sleek effect that won’t age quicker than you.

Simple fixtures with glass partitions looks incredibly stylish yet still neutral and large tiles in muted yet fresh colours will help your bathroom look current as the years go by. In this example there’s also a slick of black paint (and there was you thinking the ‘twilight’ colour wheel was only ever used in nightclubs) and a feature wall is easily changed to reflect changing styles.


A Touch of Period Style

If you like the old and intricate then a period bathroom (with modern plumbing of course) is a fantastic way to create a bathroom that doesn’t date. This look doesn’t need to be elaborate and a traditional ‘tub’ bath or a Victorian style faucet can be helped along with some simple white tiling. If you really want to make an impact then ‘brick-style’ tiles and exposed chrome plumbing (seen above) really complete the period look. If your space is small, however, then brick-style tiles effect can be a little overwhelming.

We hope that has given you a little inspiration and helped you see how that new-bathroom investment can create a beautiful space for years to come. If you’ve recently completed your bathroom with one of our illuminated mirrors then please get in touch via Facebook and send us a picture of your interior design masterpieces.


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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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