Marble is an easy route to an elegant bathroom – for proof, just check out this luxury London townhouse
When remodelling a bathroom, there’s always a worry that the style you choose might date. After all, those metro tiles won’t always look so fashionable, and redecorating bathrooms is an expensive business – one you don’t want to repeat too often.
One way around this is to stick with natural materials like marble, which have a timeless quality. Marble is also enjoying a comeback because it’s a simple way to make a space look smart and elegant, while also being restful and easy to live with.
When property developers G&T London redeveloped a 5,200-square-foot Georgian townhouse in one of Clerkenwell’s most desirable garden squares, the husband and wife who run the company brought in luxury bathroom specialists C.P. Hart to oversee the bathrooms. The designers at C.P. Hart opted to use marble in two bathrooms, bringing in large marble tiles that give both rooms an airy, spacious feel.
Marble has an upscale quality that’s reminiscent of the bathrooms in the best hotels and restaurants. Being in a marble bathroom somehow feels like a bit of a treat. Its other great benefit is that it has its own natural beauty, which means that, when it comes to sanitaryware and accessories, you can afford to keep it simple.
This is what the designers at C.P. Hart did, using a freestanding bath by Saneux and a Bagnella countertop basin to create a look that’s modern and stylish, while also being practical. The walk-in shower has a Hansgrohe Raindance showerhead, a high-spec piece of equipment that adds to the luxe feel of the room. Using classic materials like marble also gives you the opportunity to blend traditional features with new innovations, so traditionally designed brassware can sit comfortably alongside cutting-edge technology.
When creating the bathrooms, C.P. Hart’s designers took into account the period and style of the building, as well as its location – it was built in 1836 and overlooks the square, with its grade-II listed Gothic church. ‘We worked closely with G&T London to choose products from C.P. Hart’s portfolio to create the perfect scheme to suit the updated Georgian property,’ says Carolyn Harrison, Head of Contracts Residential for C.P. Hart. ‘By using statement feature pieces, such as the Artelinea Décor vanity units and freestanding C.P. Hart bath, we were able to produce a mix of contemporary design and traditional style to deliver a hotel-inspired aesthetic.’
The same goes with the guest bathroom, which again uses hi-spec materials in both modern and traditional style. ‘This guest bathroom demonstrates how combining features such as a freestanding bath and walk-in shower with fine brassware and sophisticated materials will create a scheme that’s unparalleled in style and luxury,’ says Harrison.
And better still, it’s a look you can re-create at home.