An Elegant Bathroom in Bayswater

by theartofbespoke in Bathrooms

When property developers G&T London wanted to create a boutique hotel-style bathroom in an upscale London home, they called on specialists C. P. Hart.

Number 25 Cleveland Terrace is a grand, stucco-fronted building, just a stone’s throw from Hyde Park. G&T London, the developers who renovated the apartment, were looking to create an elegant home that fused classic and contemporary styles. This meant muted, neutral colours throughout and a bathroom that comes straight out of a boutique hotel.

Admittedly, the bathroom was already a dream of a space to work with. High ceilings and a large sash window meant that grandeur was built into the fabric of the room. Panelling was added to the walls, which were painted a chic shade of grey.

The designers at luxury bathroom specialist C.P. Hart were then called upon to make their own stamp on the room.

‘We wanted to create something in keeping with the property,’ says Carolyn Harrison, the company’s residential contracts manager. ‘So we went for a style of décor that I’d call classic with a contemporary twist – it’s classic, but not old fashioned.’


‘If you were looking to create a classic room, you wouldn’t go for white glass as it’s quite contemporary. But in this case it really works.’

That means it has plenty of modern features, such as the TV on the wall, underfloor heating and the deluge showerhead. But there are also some very traditional touches, like the lighting, and a rococo-style mirror. The room also makes the most of its period touches, including the panelling and, of course, that window.

‘The panelling and skirtings really help create that room,’ says Harrison.

Putting a freestanding stone bath in front of the window made a great use of the space, and gives the room a focal point. The bath, called the Coniston, is one of C.P. Hart’s own designs. Manufactured in England, it’s made from Correro™ stone and offers an indulgently deep well to bathe in. There’s also a large, walk-in shower, with pearl, Spanish mosaic tiling.

‘It has a floor-to-ceiling glass panel, which keeps the room light and airy,’ she says. ‘And there are no joins in the glass, which keeps the style of the room consistent.’

The most striking piece of furniture is the Artelinea Décor vanity unit, a white-glass piece that offers plenty of storage space, along with a touch of modernity.

‘If you were looking to create a classic room, you wouldn’t go for white glass as it’s quite contemporary,’ says Harrison. ‘But in this case it really works.’

The secret to achieving the boutique-hotel look is, she says, to have one feature piece.

‘In this case it’s the bath and the white-glass unit,’ she says. But you don’t need a huge, period bathroom to create your own version of the look. ‘The products we used are available in different sizes, so there’s no reason you couldn’t use them in a smaller room,’ she says. ‘You could certainly achieve the same look without the benefit of the ceiling height.’

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