Palace RoadEclectic Bathroom, London
Photo: Elliot Walsh © 2015 Houzz
What Houzz contributors are saying:
“We have lived here for seven years. We have had about six baths.”Kate Watson-Smyth of Mad About the House is an interior style consultant and personal shopper, an award-winning blogger and a journalist based in London.“So this is the gorgeous free-standing tub in front of the fireplace that totally plays into the myth of the perfect luxurious bathroom. When we moved in to this house, my husband decided that he would spend Saturday afternoons lying in the bath, gazing out of the window at the trees behind while listening to Radio 4 and drinking wine. “However, what you probably can’t quite tell from this picture is that it is a short bath — 150 centimeters [about 59 inches] as opposed to 170 centimeters [about 67 inches]. This is because there wasn’t quite enough room for a free-standing bath as well as a loo and separate shower. That is the first thing. “The second thing is that we were easily persuaded that a pop-up [overflow valve] would be a good idea. This means the reality is that because the bath is short and the pop-up plug is in the middle — and not at one end — as soon as you try and slide from sitting to almost lying (it’s too short to fully lie), you sit on the pop-up … and all the water starts running out. “There are two morals to this story: Either buy a full-length bath or make sure the plug is at one end (the foot) and never buy one with a pop-up. “We have lived here for seven years. We have had about six baths between us. Don’t believe everything you see in the pictures.”
6. Add an element of humor. Sleek white backdrop and modern free-standing bathtub? Check. Surprise purple wall? Yep. Period fireplace? Check. Ornate gilded mirror? Check. Oh yes, and plastic flamingo! It takes style confidence to make an eclectic collection of elements look as beautiful as this. What is fun in this space is the juxtaposition, particularly between the high design and “serious” period features and the cheeky pink bird. A collection of 1980s toys on a shelf or a witty print or large framed photo in an all-white, otherwise conventional, bathroom would be a good way to start adding a little humor of your own.