How to create an Eclectic bathroom

There is a new trend towards a more eclectic bathroom, there is so much choice nowadays and it is a good way to put a unique stamp on your home.  Firstly – nothing matchy-matchy. Eclectic is when you mix up different thing together to create a unique mix and style.  Whilst it is tempting to just visit the bathroom store and select a matching “suite” that is the first rule you have to break!  You want something quite timeless but interesting, maybe even unexpected.

Secondly, the toilet has to be simple and almost disappear in my opinion, wall hung with a concealed cistern if possible and white. Taking the vanity as the central focus, marble and wood or the up-cycling of existing furniture pieces creates a unique centre piece for the bathroom.

Tiles can be combined in different ways can add pops of colour and pattern to make a space stand out from the crowd. Even plain white budget tiles in an interesting shape, or laid in a different pattern can be just enough.  Grout need not be only white or taps chrome…  Read on and think out of the box…..

marble and stone 

Natural stone and marble always give a luxury timeless look – this solid marble basin is on brass legs and gives a traditional idea a modern look.

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A similar look is achieved here using a bluestone top with black taps.

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Below, the luxurious marble double vanity unit made using book matched Veneto marble with inset basins, certainly gives a 5 star feeling!

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Architecture firm Auhaus have put together a concept using concrete with precious purple veined marble and the contrast is quite surprising…

marble and concrete bathroom
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cement tiles 

These are made with coloured clay by hand using traditional moulds to form the pattern.  Traditionally from Morocco they are now a offered by many companies.  Using the bold pattern they offer you can make a small space really special and keeping to a simple colour palette you can mix and match.

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upcycle – any second hand sale room find

Fans of mid-century can customise a sideboard and have surface mounted basins added for a lovely sleek look.

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Above designer Jenna Sue has up-cycled a chest of drawers to produce a cosy and cost effective vanity.

rustic charm 

These lovely rugs cozy up the dark grey floor and look lovely with the rustic teak vanity unit with on surface mounted basins.

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Any console table can be converted into a bathroom unit. You can even use a wide shelf so whatever your budget, you can create something eclectic and not boring off the shelf thingy.

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Continuing with the rustic theme this unusual vanity has a rough stone sink.

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colour

Add a unexpected colour and pattern

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Ceramic sink in pink, such a beautiful peony shade.

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cladding  

Economic, easily painted with a waterproof paint and can be wiped clean. You can also repaint in a couple of years without hassle or spending much.

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Cladding gives a cosy mountain feel to the elegant lights and mirror.

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coloured grout 

Grout can be fun! (did I just write that? – shoot me now!) 

metallic grout below in gold glitter

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hardware 

The finishing touches to even the most simple bathroom can make a bold statement.  Just straying out of the chrome zone gives the room a little unexpected boost.

smilar vacant lock here

Black taps look set to stay….

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Brushed bronze from Watermark

 

Brushed gold from Kohler.com
Brass yen tap from Watermark with magnetic Carrara taps
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So you can see not all bathrooms are created equal.  Pinterest has a great source for ideas and inspirations and I hope that your next bathroom renovation however small can have a lot of oomph!

Thanks for reading, Amanda x

 

Author: Amanda Jacober

I am and interior designer sharing tips and inspiration on how to create your dream home and garden using authentic materials and sustainable practices

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