Luxury bathroom tour with a freestanding bath and mixed metals

Dreaming of your own hotel-style bathroom? Get inspired by this opulent design adorned with a fusion of gold and silver accents.

Designer Alfie Guard, from Ripples Beaconsfield, talks us through how he created this luxury hotel-style bathroom for a family in Maidenhead. The project took six weeks to complete and cost around £20,000. Let’s dive in…

Silver bath with silver brassware
The metallic finish of the bath helps bounce light around the room. Photography: Adam Carter

The brief for the luxury bathroom

“No matter how many hotels and stunning properties they may visit, they will never come across another bathroom just like their own,” says Alfie. “My brief was to create a luxury, opulent space which can be used to escape from everyday life. One of a kind, with a totally bespoke feel for their bathroom so it would make a real statement I totally believe this has been achieved.” 

The project was part of the homeowners’ set of updates to their luxury flat, located in an old period mansion in Maidenhead. “The existing space was extremely dark and featured all black sanitaryware and extremely dark tiles and walls,” explains Alfie.

“This made the room feel extremely small and quite unwelcoming and was generally not very in keeping with the rest of the property. The home benefits from large open-plan living and huge windows which flood the home with natural light.” 

Hotel bathroom with walk-in shower
Smart LED strips in the niche help set the mood.

Get the opulent look

The room itself is not very large. So, the options were limited for the layout in order to fit both a bath and a shower. “I wanted the freestanding tub and bespoke artwork to be the real focus of the bathroom as you walked in the door,” says Alfie. “This is why we opted to locate this on the back wall, which you face as you enter the room. The soil pipe position dictated our WC placement, leaving the left-hand wall to create a beautiful walk-in shower.

walk-in shower with bookmatched marble
The large-format Bookmatch Coverlam marble adds a sense of luxury to the bathroom.

“The left-hand wall was just the right size to use two sheets of large format Bookmatch Coverlam marble creating a stunning effect within the shower area. We then made use of the internal stud wall and crafted a niche within the shower for the homeowners’ to place all their favourite bathroom products.”

Large bathtub with walk-in shower
To stay in keeping with the rest of property, the design features Edwardian-style brassware. Alfie also created an ornate moulding around the artwork.

The details

Neutral colours help open up the space while gloss wall tiles allow the light to bounce around the room. This has created a real sense of opulence. The matt tile, used on the floor of the floor, has anti-slip properties. Despite its stunning appearance, this luxury bathroom is still used as a family space. And, it needs to be safe for everyone to use.

About the final design, Alife adds: “The project for me oozes class and character. The feeling which you experience when you walk into the bathroom is like something I have never felt before.”

Hotel bathroom with mixed metals
Alfie chose the brassware for its classical, timeless look. It balances out the space and lets more ornate elements stand
out.

Photography: Adam Carter

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