5 unusual design touches for bathrooms

Apart from emblazoning your name above the door, what else could you add to your bathroom design to really evoke your personality? What will set it apart from everyone else’s?


You could add a period style bath or a contemporary shower, but a quirky design touch that screams ‘you’ could be just what your bathroom needs to make it stand out from the crowd.


That’s got you thinking hasn’t it? Well, here are a few unusual design ideas you may just want to consider…


Blown away

A great way to bring fun or character to your bathroom design is through lighting. This quirky concept is from The Drybar in Los Angeles, a hair salon that only offers blow drys. Aptly they’ve used retro hairdryers to fashion a talking piece that is very much themed to their brand.


Who knows what retro pieces you might find in a charity shop or auction that could be repurposed for this idea? Obviously you’ll need the expertise of a professional electrician, but it’s surprisingly easy to transform everyday objects into lights.


A case of perfect storage

If conventional bathroom storage and mirror cabinets don’t do it for you, then this unique idea could be the way to elevate your bathroom design from average to interesting. This vintage suitcase has been brilliantly upcycled into a cabinet to include lighting, shelving, storage boxes and the essential bathroom mirror.


Perfect for that old suitcase in the loft, maybe?


Tiling doesn’t have to be tedious

Tiling answers both the practical and design needs of our bathrooms. Not only do they look great, but they work well to protect our walls and floors in a predominantly wet environment. But that doesn’t mean you have to tow the line with your design.


This idea is great if you want to mix it up and steer clear of convention or are feeling indecisive about which of your favourite tiles will make it onto the wall. Used as a backdrop to a contemporary bath, they make a stunning eclectic addition to a modern bathroom design.



Bowled over

Here’s another take on lighting. This time a vintage bowler hat and top hat have been cleverly used as shades and positioned at slightly different heights over a contemporary bath. They successfully bring a subtle point of difference to the design.


In the pipeline

With a nod to industrialism, this shelving idea could work well in both modern and period style bathrooms. Reclaimed piping and ‘elbows’ have been used to create a pleasing shape that supports a simple wooden shelf. The addition of a tap brings further interest to the design and an integral mirror addresses the practical issues.


Just add a vintage shaving brush and dish and your bathroom is styled and ready to go.

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