The bathroom plays a vital role in almost everyone’s daily routine and yet far too many people give little or no thought to the state and appearance of this essential space.

To feel at your best, you should give careful consideration to the interior décor of your home in general, but it is especially important here.

The cornerstone of any bathroom’s style or theme is always its suite: this is what will define your bathroom’s atmosphere. Other aspects such as lighting and colouring simply build on the style outlined by the features and shapes of your bathroom suite. It’s absolutely essential to choose wisely.

There are two main trends in bathroom suite styles – contemporary and traditional. But which is best for you?

Traditional suites

Winchester Bathroom Suite The Winchester is the perfect example of a traditional bathroom suite.

Traditional bathroom suites aim to combine a comfortable, classic appearance with reliable modern mechanisms. Traditional-style suites create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere with softer edges and more rounded features that fit seamlessly into your home.

They also generally contain more conventional design elements, such as cross-head taps, slipper baths, basin pedestals, traditional-style materials and close coupled or chain flush toilets.

White is the predominant colour of this style with softer pastel shades also used in combination with traditional wood finishes in light or dark grains. However, you can opt for richer, more regal colours (see above) to complement your suite.

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Contemporary suites

Contemporary bathroom suites are more modern and edgy in appearance. They use design and style innovations to break with décor conventions and challenge your expectations. Often taking more angular forms, contemporary-style bathroom utilities come in a myriad of unconventional and exciting shapes.

Princeton Bathroom Suite The Princeton - a stylish, contemporary style bathroom suite.

Seeking to challenge and excite not just with their appearance, but also with their workings, they also often eschew traditional design features in favour of more modern innovations, such as pop up basin wastes or dual eco flushes.

Instead of pedestal basins with cross-head taps, contemporary-style sinks can be expected to include more cutting-edge tap designs such as waterfall or mixer taps and more modern basin styles, such as wall-mounted or countertop basins where the sinks become a strong focal point.

Contemporary suites are also more likely to include radical bath designs like corner baths and shower baths. While colour schemes may still include classic white units, you may find them combined with starker contrasts such as dark wood surrounds and furniture or bold and bright accent colours.

The choice is yours

Choosing the perfect bathroom suite is about working out exactly what you want and need from your bathroom as much as anything else. You need to ask yourself several key questions:

  • Who are you designing your bathroom for?
  • What do you need from it?
  • What do you want it to say about you?
  • How is it going to fit in with the rest of your home?

As the bathroom is such a central feature in any home, its style will have an enormous impact on the atmosphere of the entire property and right at the heart of your bathroom’s style is your bathroom suite.