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10 ways to create a focal point

Transform a personality-free bathroom with a decorating scheme and design ideas that will make it stand out from the crowd.

Transform a personality-free bathroom with a decorating scheme

  • 1

    Frame the bath

    If your freestanding bath has the enviable curves of a supermodel, why not show them off by painting the wall behind in a dark, dramatic colour? Then, draw still more attention to them with a piece of art above – whether vintage lettering, a picture or even just colourful tiles. Paint colours by Farrow & Ball

  • 2

    Get good lighting

    A well-lit bathroom is a must, but you can use lighting to create a focal feature, too. In a really small room, use it to frame a mirror and see the space double in size before your eyes. Or, choose a stand-out decorative fitting for the central pendant (as long as it conforms to regs) to add a touch of glamour to a larger room. Mirror from Ikea

  • 3

    Draw attention to a big window

    Lucky enough to have a huge window in your bathroom? Don’t clutter it with curtains or blinds. Instead, let its proportions do the talking by under-dressing it. Shutters give a contemporary, never-to-go-out-of-date look, while window film will keep your privates, er, private. Window film by The Window Film Company

  • 4

    Display eye-catching accessories

    Dry your damp towels on a heated rail, but grab a fresh one from this bevy of beauties. Or, forget the towels, position the hooks somewhere prominent, such as over the bath, and display them as works of art. Hooks, Graham & Green

    Don’t neglect the details: your bathroom deserves flowers, too

  • 5

    Put on a floor show

    Make the floor the star turn by choosing a highly patterned vinyl or tiles. Match a patterned flooring with a crisp white bathroom suite, colourful towels and bright accessories to create a fun boldly coloured bathroom. Rosemary vinyl flooring by Zazous.

  • 6

    Buy a freestanding bath

    If you’re looking to make an impact, put a freestanding bath in the centre of a large bathroom. Only got a small space? You needn’t go for a fitted look – a roll top on legs will help stretch the feeling of space, too. Shower curtain, Asda

  • 7

    Hang a big picture

    Put up a picture that shouts for attention because of its colour, size or subject. Position it across the focal wall in the bathroom (usually the one over the bath) for maximum crowd-pleasing effect. This dramatic diver picture is a self-adhesive mural, made to order by Purlfrost

  • 8

    Invest in a knockout mirror

    Don’t just choose the cheapest, plainest frame for your mirror. Instead, save up and buy a look-at-me showpiece that will make everyone forget the room’s the size of a postage stamp or has no window. Ball mirror, Graham & Green

  • 9

    Create a feature wall

    In a plain, boxy bathroom, shower room or cloakroom, up the glam factor with a feature wall, decorated in a bold colour or with an intricate design. Use tiles or a wallpaper than can stand up to a steamy atmosphere and keep the pattern to one wall only to maximise the feeling of space. Lotus wallpaper, Farrow & Ball

  • 10

    Stick on style

    Use wall stickers to inject personality into a plain shower or bathroom. Cluster them around a mirror, centre them in a plain wall above a bath, or stick them to the back of a door. You needn’t choose a bathing-themed sticker – anything that suits your scheme will do the trick. Wall stickers, Brume

    A focal point needn’t take up extra space. Give the walls, the window
    or the floor a style injection

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