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How a statement bathroom became the go-to symbol for the upper-class

While taking a bath at the end of a long day may be a relaxing – and private – ritual for many, for the upper classes it’s become an opportunity to showcase statement designs and pose up a storm. 

From very lavish loos at private members clubs, to those on show at stately homes and the very Instagram-friendly opulent bathrooms of the social class, the designer, colourful washroom has become a huge trend.

Poppy Delevingne, who often shares interiors from her lavish homes across the world, has led the trend, with pictures of  her pink and gold clawfoot tub against a green wallpapered floral wall getting thousands of likes on Instagram. 

Poppy Delevingne, who often shares interiors from her lavish homes across the world, has lead the trend, with pictures of pink and gold clawfoot tub against a green wallpapered floral wall getting thousands of likes on Instagram.

Poppy also shared pictures of her jungle themed shower room which comes with a golden sink

Poppy also shared pictures of her jungle themed shower room which comes with a golden sink

The socialite worked with interior designer Jo Plant on her London home, using de Gournay wallpaper in lush Green silk.   

Meanwhile,  Tori Boughey, a life coach to the upper classes who has seen the likes of Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Emma Louise Connolly, Sophie Habboo and Jamie Laing sport her jewellery range recently shared a picture of her very pink bathroom covered in crystals.

Elsewhere, Pandora Sykes, a writer and broadcaster often shares photos of her very colourful west London townhouse.

In one she shows a hunter green bath tub with claw feet on a black and white check floor.

Meanwhile, Tori Boughey, a life coach to the upper classes who has seen the likes of Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Emma Louise Connolly, Sophie Habboo and Jamie Laing sport her jewellery range recently shared a picture of her very pink bathroom covered in crystals.

Meanwhile, Tori Boughey, a life coach to the upper classes who has seen the likes of Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Emma Louise Connolly, Sophie Habboo and Jamie Laing sport her jewellery range recently shared a picture of her very pink bathroom covered in crystals.

The tub is against a pink and white wallpapered wall covered in an intricate pattern.

Interior design expert expert Benji Lewis told FEMAIL that the bathroom has ‘never been hotter’.   

‘Often regarded as the room warranting minimum attention – both in terms of design input and financial outlay – if ever there was a space that’s enjoying a serious rethink, it’s the bathroom.

‘When it comes to the configuration of the washroom, it’s no longer a question of bath there, loo there and wash hand basin there – job done – bathroom design has never been hotter.  

Pandora Sykes, a writer and broadcaster often shares photos of her very colourful west London townhouse. In one she shows a hunter green bath tub with claw feet on a black and white check floor.

Pandora Sykes, a writer and broadcaster often shares photos of her very colourful west London townhouse. In one she shows a hunter green bath tub with claw feet on a black and white check floor.

‘Possibly as an outcome of lockdown whereby bathing has become an antidote of sorts to the conditions Covid presented us with, time spent in the smallest room is now viewed as a moment to reflect on life – a good place to unwind, whilst the process of washing acts not only on a practical level but feeds our desire for all things holistic also,’ he added.

Meanwhile, trends and pop culture expert Nick Ede told FEMAIL the trend will soon be seen across Britain.  

‘The trend for wallpapered bathrooms is becoming popular in many homes up and down the country,’ he said. 

‘The style can be seen in popular posh members clubs like Annabel’s, where the toilets are famed for their opulence and also hotels like The Dorchester and Rosewood too. 

Elsewhere, Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock and his influencer girlfriend Emma Louise Connolly showed off their deep green bathroom which is highlighted with golden hues

Elsewhere, Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock and his influencer girlfriend Emma Louise Connolly showed off their deep green bathroom which is highlighted with golden hues

‘This trend also has an air of Hollywood too – many of the most famous homes have expansive bathrooms with decorative wallpaper and the hues of green and pink are particularity reminiscent of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel palm wallpaper and pink paintwork. 

‘Gone are the days of wet rooms with bland tiling and in are over the top light fixtures and patterns. 

‘Shows like the great interior design challenge are making people more and more excited about their homes and with the new changing rooms coming back to channel four the trend for posh loos is set to carry on for many years to come’ 

Elsewhere, Made in Chelsea star Oliver Proudlock and his influencer girlfriend Emma Louise Connolly showed off their deep green bathroom which is highlighted with golden hues, while they’ve off revealed pictures of their guest bathroom with forest green exposed brick and statement pattern floor.

While pink, green and gold is clearly the trend with the upper classes, British designer Alice Temperley is clearly a leader in the fashion set showing off her designer bathroom on Instagram.

The Proudlocks has also revealed pictures of their guest bathroom with forest green exposed brick and statement pattern floor

The Proudlocks has also revealed pictures of their guest bathroom with forest green exposed brick and statement pattern floor

One picture shows, taken in her London home, shows her sparkling silver ‘disco tub’ atop a Union flag while an intricate lace black curtain hangs in the background.

The trend is also seen in stately homes, with Charleston House, the former home of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister painted with a green hue and mosaic painted bathtub.

Cornelia Bayley’s Jacobean mansion, Plas Teg, a Grade l listed home in North Wales and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Jacobean architecture in Wales.

The tub has red, white and blue stripes while the wall is painted a bright salmon with golden trimmings on the wall. 

While pink, green and gold is clearly the trend with the upper classes, British designer Alice Temperley is clearly a leader in the fashion set showing off her designer bathroom on Instagram. One picture shows, taken in her London home, shows her sparkling silver 'disco tub' atop a Union flag while an intricate lace black curtain hangs in the background.

While pink, green and gold is clearly the trend with the upper classes, British designer Alice Temperley is clearly a leader in the fashion set showing off her designer bathroom on Instagram. One picture shows, taken in her London home, shows her sparkling silver ‘disco tub’ atop a Union flag while an intricate lace black curtain hangs in the background.

The trend is also seen in stately homes, with Charleston House, the former home of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister painted with a green hue and mosaic painted bathtub.

The trend is also seen in stately homes, with Charleston House, the former home of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister painted with a green hue and mosaic painted bathtub.

Annabel’s,  one of the UK’s most exclusive members’ clubs with a waiting list numbering in the thousands, also has a very opulent bathroom.

The members’ club – which is frequented by celebrities, aristocrats and royalty  has pink onyx basins carved in the shape of oyster shells, complete with gold swan taps to  greet you as you walk in. 

Along with Murano-glass light fittings, there’s a carpet of silk peonies on the ceiling, it’s perfect fodder for the Instagram feeds of the one per cent. 

Meanwhile, sketch, one of London’s top restaurant’s boasting three Michelin stars is as famous for its loos as it is for its food.

The futuristic washroom is all white, with egg-shaped male and female cubicles and a patchwork ceiling.  Conveniently placed mirrors enable customers to capture Instagram-worthy snaps.

Annabel's, one of the UK's most exclusive members' clubs with a waiting list numbering in the thousands, also has a very opulent bathroom. The members' club - which is frequented by celebrities, aristocrats and royalty has pink onyx basins carved in the shape of oyster shells, complete with gold swan taps to greet you as you walk in.

Annabel’s, one of the UK’s most exclusive members’ clubs with a waiting list numbering in the thousands, also has a very opulent bathroom. The members’ club – which is frequented by celebrities, aristocrats and royalty has pink onyx basins carved in the shape of oyster shells, complete with gold swan taps to greet you as you walk in.

Meanwhile, sketch, one of London's top restaurant's boasting three Michelin stars is as famous for its loos as it is for its food

Meanwhile, sketch, one of London’s top restaurant’s boasting three Michelin stars is as famous for its loos as it is for its food

Fancy a bathroom revamp in lockdown? Interior design expert Benji Lewis offers his top tips  

Interior design expert expert Benji Lewis told FEMAIL that the bathroom has ‘never been hotter’.   

‘Often regarded as the room warranting minimum attention – both in terms of design input and financial outlay – if ever there was a space that’s enjoying a serious rethink, it’s the bathroom,’ he said. 

‘When it comes to the configuration of the washroom, it’s no longer a question of bath there, loo there and wash hand basin there – job done – bathroom design has never been hotter.  

‘Possibly as an outcome of lockdown whereby bathing has become an antidote of sorts to the conditions Covid presented us with, time spent in the smallest room is now viewed as a moment to reflect on life – a good place to unwind, whilst the process of washing acts not only on a practical level but feeds our desire for all things holistic also.   

‘It’s worth taking the time to establish a good layout for your sanitaryware when it comes to planning your space, and I advise viewing this as you would any other room.

‘An area for disrobing, somewhere sensible to hang or drape the dressing gown – try and factor this in close to the shower or bath so you’re not traipsing across the room dripping wet; I adore a chair in a bathroom, so smart, even better if you can add a side table and put a lamp on it and add your scented candle. 

‘On the subject of which consider two or even three lighting circuits in your bathroom; a dimmable circuit for overhead lighting (good for the cleaning), one for wall lights either side of the mirror over the basin, and finally – space allowing, a circuit for the table lamp previously mentioned.

‘Loos should be discreetly tucked away, and should you be sharing the bathroom with a partner then try and factor in twin basins.

‘Allow for a heated towel rail but don’t put this on the same circuit as the central heating, remember in summer you might wish for a warm towel but not a fully centrally heated room.

‘Underfloor heating is a lovely thing to include in your bathroom, winter is a brutal season and the feel of a warmed floor underfoot can help soften the blow of an early start in the dark.

‘Coloured suites and heavily patterned wallpaper in bathrooms are very of the moment, with popular prints being panoramics – scenes of nature providing opportunity for a moment of visual escapism.

‘As for hardware we’ve long been stuck on the idea that stainless steel is the only finish, and in the last few years it’s been a delight to see the return of polished brass and components made of bronze.

‘Mirrors clearly form an integral part of the bathing process, always excellent for bringing borrowed light and creating the illusion of increased space, I wouldn’t scrimp on how I use these.

‘Don’t contain the use of mirror to a single circle hanging above the basin, consider full height panels, they’re fantastic for adding a glamorous feel to things and if you’re anxious about what you might see when you look in it, embrace your inner ‘70’s and use a smoked glass’.

 

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