Your bathroom should be a haven. It shouldn’t have mouldy caulking and peeling paint, now should it? If you’re shaking your head sadly, then perhaps it’s time to redecorate. And in what better style than something befitting an 1940s film starlet? Re-imagine yourself as Ava Gardner or Lana Turner and go for a soak in the tub to have think about you want your bathroom to be.
A chandelier is an instant glamour injection. As long as the lighting is unlikely to get wet, you can have as big and sparkly a chandelier as you like. In big, spacious bathrooms you may want to include wall sconces in the same style (an art deco pair would be gorgeous) for an extra glamorous touch. Add a dimmer switch so you can have bright lights when you need them and low lights when you don’t.
A big beautiful mirror is essential for admiring yourself in and for completing your glamourous decor. Venetian or French rococo style mirrors are ornate and perfect for creating that Hollywood penthouse feel. Click here for bathroom cabinets for a dressing room look with illuminated mirrors. Having lots of mirrors creates light and sparkle and so are perfect for recreating a glamorous style.
Create a dramatic look with large floor-to-ceiling tiles for a real wow factor. Or alternatively use tiny mosaic tiles in glass or mother of pearl to create diamond-like sparkles, and use as splash-back or make a pattern on a feature wall. If you'd rather paint, pastels such as dusty pinks, blues and mint will create the effect of softness and luxury.
Although you’re creating a classic Hollywood era style bathroom, you still want all the mod cons. If you’re really going all out, you'll need a standalone roll top bath, twin basins with well crafted cabinetry, and a rain head shower for the ultimate in luxurious bathing. Use brass or gold fittings and fixtures on a white suite to add to traditional feel.
If you're fortunate enough to have the space for seating, or even a spare corner, an elegant chair or padded bench will round out your decor beautifully and will transform your bathroom into a retreat where you can spend hours relaxing. The ultimate in seating in terms of comfort and glamour is the chaise longue. Accessorise it with a cashmere throw and a plush area rug.
The little details are what will make or break the bathroom. Store essentials like cotton balls in cut glass jars, and match your soap holder or dispenser to the style. White fluffy towels warmed on a towel heater radiator should be waiting for you as you soak in the tub, then you can slip into a dusty blue silk robe to relax and read your favourite magazine.