5 ways interior designers use lush textiles to decorate bathrooms – and why you should too

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Over the past decade, galore person opted for pared-back, easy-clean bathrooms. Yet much recently, we've noticed a swerve towards decorative textiles successful bathrooms that genuinely clasp decoration and layers. 

Decorative details were erstwhile reserved for different rooms successful the location but these days wallpapers, fabrics and rugs successful bathrooms are gaining momentum and popularity. When considering bathroom ideas during the readying stages of your location project, it's worthy reasoning astir adding these details to springiness your strategy that small spot extra. 

For evident reasons, galore are hesitant astir adding textiles and brushed furnishings to a bathroom, truthful we've asked the experts for their tips connected getting it right. 

1. Use blinds for privateness and beauteous details

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Bathroom model treatments successful cloth tin marque your abstraction consciousness much welcoming.

‘We usage cloth arsenic overmuch arsenic we tin successful bathrooms, due to the fact that it stops them becoming cold, hard and echoey by softening the full feel,’ says interior decorator Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle (opens successful caller tab)

Simple floppy linen bathroom unsighted ideas are a favorite, due to the fact that they bent beautifully. ‘They are fundamentally sheer blinds which supply privateness whilst besides allowing airy into the bathroom,’ she adds. 

They besides brace good with plain linen model seats and cushions, which adhd to the gentle textural warmth of her bath schemes.

2. Use curtains for colour and warmth

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‘I emotion making bathrooms consciousness similar due rooms and this tin beryllium achieved by adding afloat magnitude bathroom curtains, wallpaper, paintings oregon prints and, if abstraction allows, an antique array oregon chair,’ says interior decorator Vanessa Macdonald of Melissa Wyndham (opens successful caller tab)

As agelong arsenic the bath is good ventilated and spacious capable to let the curtains to bent freely without information of changeless splashing, past Vanessa opts for ‘standard’ fabrics. If, however, you are disquieted astir harm from h2o and steam, outdoor show fabrics – disposable from galore starring cloth houses – connection h2o repellent and durable alternatives.

3. Choose cloth walling for touchable texture

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Lucy Cunningham, laminitis and originative manager of Lucy Cunningham Interiors (opens successful caller tab), applied Corfu linen by Fanny Shorter (opens successful caller tab) to the walls and ceiling successful a caller bath project. 

‘We decided connected cloth alternatively than wallpaper, arsenic it is unexpected successful a bath and truly gives a smaller abstraction its ain personality, arsenic good arsenic adding thing wonderfully sumptuous and luxurious to the room,’ she explains. 

The cloth walling was achieved successful the accepted way: slim battens were fastened to the wall, wadding attached and past cloth stretched implicit the battens.

4. Recognize the benefits of an upholstered chair

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‘I truly similar having a seat successful a bathroom, if it tin beryllium squeezed in,’ says interior decorator Susie Atkinson (opens successful caller tab)

‘It could be, for example, an upright cane seat with a beauteous cushion or, successful a larger bathroom, an armchair tin look fabulous and is utile to propulsion apparel on, to beryllium connected whilst taking disconnected shoes and to assistance with the acoustics and ambiance of the room.’ 

In a caller project, Susie had a taupe towelling escaped screen made for an armchair. ‘It tin beryllium removed easy for washing and was comparatively inexpensive to usage too,’ she notes.

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‘Aesthetics are conscionable arsenic important arsenic applicable elements erstwhile it comes to creating a cozy and inviting bathroom,’ says interior decorator Henriette von Stockhausen of VSP Interiors (opens successful caller tab), who says she is wary of cold, hard finishes. 

‘I thin to debar bath level tiles, but successful bedewed country settings oregon successful household bathrooms utilized by young children oregon teenagers wherever the level mightiness get drenched. 

'In aged houses which person their archetypal floorboards, my penchant is to support these successful spot and laic an antique rug connected top, which instantly makes the country consciousness warmer.’

If you are acrophobic astir h2o harm to your bathroom rug ideas, you whitethorn similar to opt for a show rug made from polypropylene oregon recycled plastic, designed to beryllium h2o resistant, hardwearing and casual to clean, specified arsenic those by Unnatural Flooring (opens successful caller tab), and Weaver Green (opens successful caller tab).