Shimmer and shine
Pale, glossy finished that reflect light will not only provide ‘wow’ factor, but give your bathroom a bright and open feel, too.
Possessing almost magical, space-enhancing powers, glossy surfaces, mirrored finishes and glass can make a huge difference in a bathroom. As well as adding a certain shine, they can help boost light levels and make a compact space feel larger than it actually is. Perfect for moisture-prone areas, these hard-wearing materials are resistant to water and easy to keep clean, too.
Choose your material
The most commonly used light-enhancing materials in bathrooms are coloured or mirrored glass, reflective wall panels and tiles, and high-gloss furniture and bath panels. A traditional choice for bathrooms, tiles come in a whole host of glossy finishes. Go for large-format designs if you want to increase the feeling of space, as there’ll be fewer grout lines.
Flat-fronted, handleless high-gloss fitted furniture is a good choice if you want to achieve a modern feel. Wall-hung cabinets with runs of pull-out storage will make the look even more contemporary, while a large panel of mirrored glass above your basin and bath will add a touch of luxury.
Instead of having reflective surfaces everywhere, which can look a little sterile, try turning one wall into a feature wall. Bring focus to a key area with either a statement storage cabinet, shower cabinet or vanity unit.
Stay on budget
Some reflective wall claddings, such as glass or beautiful book matched marble, can look ultra glam, but tend to be expensive. Less costly options include specialist laminates and Perspex, which, when diamond polished, have a long-lasting shine. If you’re looking for vanity units, then think about buying laminated gloss rather than the more expensive lacquer.
Ensure you get the best from glossy finishes by choosing the lighting scheme carefully. Use downlighter to cast elegant pools of light over surfaces and recess LEDs behind glass for a diffused, soothing light that’s perfect for when you want to relax in the bath
Want to add a touch of boutique-hotel chic? Go all out on the luxe front by investing in a double-ended freestanding bath with a fabulous metallic exterior.