One of the loveliest things about staying away in a hotel is that feeling of luxury, not least of which a spacious bathroom with all the mod cons.



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But what if your bathrooom could have all of that luxury at home?

Whether you’re renovating or building, there are some new design trends that will help give your bathroom the five-star touch, says Ausbuild designer Kristy Gilchrist.

  • Tiles

“One of the easiest ways to add instant style to the bathroom is with floor-to-ceiling tiles,” says Gilchrist.

“A few extra metres of tiles doesn’t add a lot to the overall cost, but it will make your bathroom look more extravagant. It’s preferable to choose high gloss tiles, rather than a matte finish, as they give a more luxurious appearance.”

Lapato tiles, which are made from porcelain, are a popular choice as they give the look of natural stone without the need for ongoing maintenance.

  • Vanities

If you’re looking to give your bathroom a modern edge and a feeling of spaciousness, a wall-mounted or semi-suspended vanity is a great option, says Ausbuild’s Kristy Golchrist.

“A manufactured stone top with an under-mount basin and tower mixer will definitely add a touch of glamour,” she says.

“Double vanities are also highly sought after at the moment, as well as above-counter vessel basins.”

  • Bath

“If you have the space, you can’t go past a free-standing bath to add instant style,” says Gilchrist.

“With free-standing models starting at around $1000, they are a little more expensive than normal baths, but they do give you a lot of bang for your buck.

“Another item worth spending on is a back-to-the-wall toilet suite, which looks a lot sleeker as the plumbing is concealed.”

  • Fittings

Good quality tap wear will not only look great, but last longer, says Gilchrist.

“Dumper shower heads or double shower heads are a great way to add a sense of luxury,” she says.

Sleek screens and mirrors will also give a luxe look in the bathroom.

“For streamlined elegance, you can’t go past frameless or semi-frameless shower screens.

“Frameless or ornate framed mirrors are both good options, depending on your taste.”

Other high end options that won’t break the bank include heated towel rails, soft-close toilet seats and sensor taps.

  • Classic colour combinations

If you want your bathroom to stand the test of time, it’s wise to choose a neutral colour scheme of white, stone or charcoal, says Gilchrist.

“The general rule of thumb is to stick to classic colours for your tiles and vanity, and inject pops of colour with accessories,” she says.

“On-trend colour choices for towels are bright yellow, eggshell blue and coral.”