With our bathroom room sets wowing the crowds at the Ideal Home Show this week, we took the opportunity to pick up some valuable bathroom style tips from our friends at Good Homes magazine.

We chatted with Good Homes Editor Karen Walker to discover what she looks out for in a bathroom and the things you can do to create a stylish space.

Karen Walker, Editor, Good Homes Magazine


What is your favourite current bathroom trend and why?

Although I’m a style raven and I love so many things from different trends, this year I was really blown away by the industrial look at our Good Homes bathroom room sets. The tin bath is a great update to the longstanding roll top favourite, and I thought the contrast of wooden tiled walls against a geometric monochrome floor was inspired. There’s a real softness to the look, too – curved basins and grey brick walls take the edge off the more rugged warehouse-style that we’re used to.

Soft Industrial bathroom

Soft Industrial is Karen's favourite bathroom trend

What are the key considerations most people miss when designing a bathroom?

I often hear that people don’t realise that wall mounted taps or shower mixers require a false wall to hide the plumbing, and then get caught out with the layout as the room is then too small to accommodate a freestanding bath or walk in shower. That and not factoring in storage cubbies for shampoo and conditioner, so they end up cluttering the shower tray.

How can you revamp your bathroom on a low budget?

One of the biggest money-savers is to keep the layout the same—don’t attempt to move the position of your bath or your toilet, as this costs money. And simply updating the tiling, flooring and fixtures, such as the shower head and basin taps, can make a huge difference.

British Ceramic Tile Metallic silver wall tile

By simply updating your tiles, you can really transform your bathroom without splashing the cash

What materials/colours do you see being big in 2018?

“Millennial pink” has been absolutely massive this year—especially when paired with eucalyptus green. Blonde wood, concrete, marble and metallic are still big news, and we’re also starting to see slices of agate and mother of pearl make their way in too.

Boutique Blush bathroom

Millenial pink is a big colour in bathrooms this year, especially when paired with marble

What is your own personal style when it comes to bathrooms?

I’m desperate to update my ensuite with an industrial-style makeover, which is why the Soft Industrial bathroom room set is my favourite this year! Steel-framed windows, concrete plinths, grey brick walls, a tin bath—I want it all.


Good Homes for bathroom inspiration

If you’re seeking inspiration for your interiors, Good Homes is packed full of incredible ideas, not just for your bathroom, but for your whole home.