Tiles play an absolutely key role in every bathroom renovation project. That’s one of the reasons we work so closely with homeowners, house builders, architects and interior designers, on both domestic and commercial projects. Many of these designs offer so much than you'd expect from an average bathroom renovation. This is in line with the trend for experts to renovate bathrooms with practicality, style and wellbeing in mind.
New bathroom design
We recently collaborated with Surrey-based interior designer Philippa J Rogers, who offers a range of services, including full concept to completion project management. We worked closely with Philippa to supply her with a selection of tiles for a large loft conversion dream bathroom commission for a professional couple, living in central London with their two young children.
Interior designer Philippa J Rogers in her new bespoke bathroom project
The power of partnership
“Definitely one of my preferred suppliers,” is how Philippa describes us – an accolade we are extremely proud of. She also highlighted the great selection of superior quality tiles we offer. “I find the prices very competitive and the customer service is excellent too,” she adds. “If issues arise – as they can with regard to stock or timing – I know that Hyperion Tiles will always do their utmost to find a solution.”
Even a compact en-suite bathroom can incorporate a bath – if you think creatively with your layout, and you are prepared to make the necessary changes to floor depth and door placement
Fulfilling the brief
Philippa required a range of different tiles to fulfil her bathroom renovation brief, which was part of a larger loft conversion project.
“I was asked to produce the conceptual design and source FF&E (the furniture, fixtures and equipment) for the new master bedroom and en-suite, along with other areas of the clients’ home,” she explains. “For the bathroom specifically, I actually ended up recommending a small amendment to the positioning of the door. The original plans had the bathroom entrance on the landing.”
Changing this meant that the bathroom layout could be extended. In turn, this provided more options for the shower area and double vanity unit, which would have been smaller and sited elsewhere under the original new bathroom plans.
Room with a view
“Looking into the new bathroom from the bedroom now is a far more impressive aspect,” Philippa observes. Her clients are also avid bath lovers so the bathroom remodelling made this a key part of the process. Philippa overcame the challenges of a low sloping ceiling and the compact space, by slightly lowering the floor. This allowed her to source a shallow bath that fitted the square footage available.
Well-considered bathroom layouts
The bath features wall-mounted taps and a luxury back-lit niche for bath oils. This area has been designed as a luxurious bespoke room in which to relax and regenerate. The skylight window above is perfectly positioned to look up onto a star-lit sky while taking a long, relaxing soak in the tub.
Pastel paradise for the new bathroom
Philippa chose shades of pink and green, with gold accents, for this design and she kept a close eye on the bathroom renovation cost. “The design colour palette was inspired by the silk fabric of Coco & Wolf’s Eva Belle pillowcases,” she reveals.
“I created a cohesive new bathroom scheme in a soft neutral palette that flowed seamlessly between rooms. I then added pops of colour in the form of bathroom fixtures, fittings and window treatments, inspired by the clients’ chosen inspirational fabric – while sticking to the all-important budget.”
For this renovation, the interior designer chose brushed brass bathroom fixtures and a matching towel rail to complement the pastel pink and green colour scheme
Adding the feel-good factor
A successful home renovation depends on many factors – but getting the colours right can make a huge difference. One of the reasons so many interior designers choose to work with us is the huge range of tile shades we can supply.
“Colour can be so powerful in defining the feel of a space,” Philippa agrees. “Whether it’s dark and cocooning, bright and cheerful – or anything in-between – it can really influence the way you feel.” She adds: “My clients for this bathroom renovation are regular beach visitors. So they are particularly pleased with the neutral tones of the floor tiles, which evoke memories of sandy shores, yet maintain a very sophisticated feel.”
A nature-inspired palette
Colours that complement each other in nature often work well within a bathroom renovation. “You only need to look outside to see how well pink and green work together,” Philippa asserts. “But what I really love in this bathroom is how beautifully the brushed brass hardware works with this design scheme, especially with the pastel pink tiles.”
Pretty in pink
Those tiles are from our Ca’ Pietra Fondant Ceramic Rose collection, which Philippa used extensively throughout the bathroom layout. Each tile is handmade, and incorporates a tactile, textured matte finish.
Philippa painted the master bedroom in Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin – a delicate, chalky off-white shade that takes its name from the silk used in traditional ballet shoes. It tones beautifully with the en-suite’s pastel pink wall tiles. To complement these, she kept the bedroom floor colour neutral, choosing Cormar Carpet Co’s Malabar Two Fold pure new carpet in Muesli.
Mixing up tile layouts – as showcased here with a herringbone design on the back walk-in shower wall – is a clever and cost-effective way to create a simple yet striking design feature
Playing with pattern
Pattern is just as important as colour for a successful bathroom renovation. Philippa used our tiles to create an on-trend herringbone pattern as a backdrop for the shower walls – but kept the same bathroom tiles in a traditional horizontal layout elsewhere.
Design ideas with the bathroom walls
“I like to play with, and add interest to a bathroom design, using the same tiles but introducing different tile layouts and/or gloss or matt finishes,” she explains.”For this dream bathroom design, all the tiles are matt. But mixing things up with a herringbone layout on the back wall of the shower creates a simple yet striking feature.”
Philippa was careful to avoid ‘pink overload’, however. She achieved this by ensuring the wall with neutral tiles is reflected in the large arched The Style Haus satin brass mirror that is sited above the dark green double vanity. The overhead dimmable picture light, in matching brass, is from Pooky.
Different shapes add interest and impact, especially in small spaces. Here the arched bathroom mirror contrasts beautifully with the rectangular wall tiles and the vanity unit
Twice as nice
This clever en-suite bathroom renovation has made maximum use of minimum space. A key feature is the Amy Painted Vanity Unit with Undermount Basin from Harvey George. This piece can be customised in many different ways (colour, style, hardware etc). Philippa chose Farrow & Ball Green Smoke for the paintwork and the Carrrera White worktop.
Unsurprisingly, she’s a big fan of a double basin vanity. “They definitely add the wow factor,” she asserts. “And believe it or not, they can even increase the resale value of your home.”
Philippa continues: “From a practical viewpoint, if you have the space to accommodate a double vanity, it allows two people to get ready at the same time. And it creates more storage space, which is something I find most of my clients would always like more of.”
The painted, green double vanity not only makes a serious style statement but it also offers practical prep and storage options
Bathroom remodel ideas: the niche
On the subject of storage, Philippa also introduced niche recessed shower and bath shelves into her bathroom renovation design. “I’m a big fan of niches,” she admits. “They are such an aesthetically appealing way of reducing your bathroom bathing clutter. They can be positioned in the most convenient place. And they can feature LED lighting, which adds additional ambience and makes use of what would otherwise be dead space.”
Recessed niche shower shelving helps to reduce unsightly clutter and makes use of all available space – an absolute must for all small bathroom renovations
A heated towel rail for loft living
Philippa picked a statement heated towel rail. This design is wall-mounted, which helps to save valuable floor space. This model is located next to the entrance to the shower enclosure, which makes the perfect position to grab a warm towel after stepping out of an invigorating shower.
Heated towel rails make a great choice in a loft bathroom as they can reduce humidity and excess moisture by drying towels quickly and efficiently after use. This ladder rail design helps to add a classic element, which ties in well with the double vanity unit. The gold colour-way helps to add a modern twist to this design.
Lighting design ideas
An important factor in this room was to assess how much natural light would flood into this space. Although the large roof light helps greatly, Philipps has chosen a selection of spotlights and task lighting above the vanity unit to ensure that the entire space is well-lit and highly functional. The backlit niches add to the layered lighting and help to create a more relaxing atmosphere.
Philippa is obviously very pleased with the final result of what she describes as a very enjoyable project. Even more importantly, her clients were thrilled too. They told us: “‘We absolutely loved working with Philippa and are thrilled with the end result.
“She proactively proposed a new layout – moving the door and extending the bathroom onto the landing to create a walk-in shower nook – which has totally transformed the space. This bathroom is our happy place and has exceeded all our expectations.”