Banish that clinical and characterless unloved bathroom, and inject some French elegance or refreshing boutique hotel smartness into your scheme. Whether you choose new tiles or a beautifully bottled handwash to do this, you can easily create somewhere that's a little oasis of calm and be in permanent pampering paradise.
Bring in the French furniture! If you have the space or you're itching to rip out those dated "nothingy" fitted units, make pieces you would normally see elsewhere in your French bedroom or lounge, work for you in your bathroom. Our What the Butler Saw Tray Table for example, is a fabulous alternative to a fitted storage cupboard - an excuse to showcase your favourite lotions and potions rather than shut them away. If you want to double-up and use your bathroom as a dressing and powder room, how about a French style foot end, long stool or Louis-style French chair for perching on whilst you slip into your silken dressing gown or for draping clothes onto. Get your carpenter and/or plumber to help you to transform your sink space with a French console table, chest of drawers or cabinet underneath rather than a bog-standard vanity unit. A petite wash basin which can sit on top with minimal pipe visibility underneath will look seriously impressive. And if you have the space, a French armoire for storing guest towels and those bulky bath sheets as well as stacks of French soaps and jars containing bath salts will look stunning in a bathroom.
For an instant injection of Parisian style, look at ornate French mirror styles, from highly-decorative and feminine Venetian glass to scrolling metallic silver-leaf frames. The bigger the better, because what's the point in peering into a little bathroom cabinet mirror if a large wall mirror can provide a better view for powdering one's nose or curling one's hair? Pair them up for a "his and hers" effect above a basin or pair of basins, or prop a huge floor-standing mirror on the floor and takeover a wall to create an indulgent dressing room feel in your bathroom.
A splash of colour is often overlooked in a bathroom in favour of clean whites or "nautical" blues but how about blush pinks, moody, smoky greys or royal blues - treat your bathroom as you would decorate your French bedroom. If your tiles are looking as though they could do with a makeover, New York-apartment-style "metro" brick-shaped tiles are a seriously inexpensive way of tiling large areas - they've become something of a design-lover's classic tile of choice over recent years. If you have a smaller space to tile - a sink splashback for example, why not splash out on hand-decorated and made tiles or stunning Mother-of Pearl styles (see New Ravenna Mosaics above).
1 Snow Gardenia Soap: £9.68, MOR Cosmetics at felice art couture. 2 Feu de Bois candle: £40, Dyptique.
3 Jenni Basket: £19.99, Zara Home. 4 Lac du Bourget Diffuser, by Côte Noire: £35.
5 Catoma Soap Dish: £15.99, Zara Home. 6 Carini Bath Mat: £29.99, Zara Home.
The easiest bathroom perk-up is the accessories. Highly-recommended for inexpensive small finishing touches like unusual storage baskets for linens and beautifully-ornate soap dishes is Zara Home. Oh and don't forget our new Plush Blush Designer Loo Brush - a must-have for any truly elegant bathroom! When it comes to choosing those beautiful bottles to adorn your French shelves and or bathroom cabinets with, it's so worth splashing out for the daily pleasure you'll get from using them or admiring their beautiful packaging. We love the amazingly-decorated MOR packaging for example - a triple-milled stunningly-scented soap in metallic embossed paper with a wax seal is quite a treat, and you cannot beat a stunning Dyptique scented candle to fill the room with the most unusual and exquisitely long-lasting scents.
Now just light the candles and slide into the bubbles. With a glass of bubbles. Or two...
Author: Georgia Metcalfe, Managing Director, The French Bedroom Company