Art Deco bathroom with a bold and contemporary twist

Vibrant wallpaper, deep green units, and Art Deco fittings have transformed a dated bathroom into a luxuriously dark and dramatic design with a bold and contemporary twist.

In 2004, Julie Penn and her husband Alan built an extension to create a new kitchen and bathroom in their Grade II-listed lodge house. When the time came to replace the bathroom nearly 20 years later, Julie was keen to stick with a traditional style but to add a modern twist. Here, she explains how the Art Deco-inspired look came together with the help of the team at Easy Bathrooms

Green wallpaper and Forest Green Shaker-style furniture
The green Graham & Brown wallpaper complements the Forest Green Shaker-style furniture, from Easy Bathrooms, finished with brushed brass handles.

The brief

We read a lot of magazines and deliberated for a long time on the look that we wanted, but we knew we were keen to keep the traditional feel but add a modern twist.

We had a few ideas, but also wanted to be guided by the design team at Easy Bathrooms. And they had some great suggestions. They came up with the bath, which is gorgeous – they brought it out of nowhere, as it wasn’t on display in the showroom.

Art Deco bathroom: the design process

How did you choose your colour scheme?

The bathroom was designed around the Graham & Brown wallpaper, which we found and just really loved. We took it into the showroom and the staff were brilliant at showing us ideas and suggestions to match it.

By chance, one of the designers knew somebody who worked at Graham & Brown and even managed to organise a discount on the wallpaper. We chose Forest Green for the furniture and then we had the wall and ceiling paint custom made in B&Q so it complemented the wallpaper. The ceiling is very high in the bathroom, and we decided to paint it dark green rather than white to make it feel lower.

Art Deco bathroom design
The ceiling matches the walls in this Art Deco bathroom.

How did you choose the furniture?

We needed more storage and wanted everything to have a place to create a sleeker look. The modern Shaker style keeps the traditional feel and is in keeping with the property’s age and style. We felt brushed brass handles would work better than chrome. We could also see from magazines that the swing to other materials was becoming popular and decided to keep ahead of the trend.

dark green furniture with brass handles
The warm brass tones of the Cambridge Antique handles beautifully complement the dark green bathroom furniture.

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Can you tell us about the brassware?

The taps we chose only came in a chrome finish as standard, but because they were from Easy Bathrooms’ own brand, they were able to custom design them and plate them in brushed brass. We went for the Rainford basin mixer and bath filler and the shower is from Grohe with a chrome finish.

brass tap in Art Deco bathroom
The Rainford mixer tap, from Easy Bathrooms, was plated in brushed brass to match the rest of the fittings.
A bath filler tap installed with stand pipes to create a statement design
Finished in brushed brass, the Rainford bath filler tap, from Easy Bathrooms, has been installed with stand pipes to create a statement design.
marbled shower in Art Deco bathroom
The minimal framing of the clear glass screen, from Splashing Out Bathrooms, creates a light and airy feeling.

And the accessories and tiles?

To keep the design sustainable, we retained the floor tiles from our 2004 extension, plus the ceiling light, toilet roll holder and towel ring. The wall tiles are new, and they came from Easy Bathrooms. We spotted them in a traditional bathroom setting in the showroom and really liked the look.

WC with cistern mounted high up on the wall
With its cistern mounted high up on the wall, the WC, from Burlington, instantly creates a classic look.

What do you love most about the completed space?

I love every part of the bathroom, but I particularly like the freestanding bath. The Art Deco design is an unusual shape and creates the wow factor we wanted.

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As originally told to: Nicola Hanley | Photography: James French

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