Whether selecting furnishings with a classic heritage or pieces with the convenience of modern technology, free-standing bathroom furnishings make for a functional and welcoming bathroom.
Free-standing bathroom furnishings
For relaxing in the bath, a free-standing design situated in the centre of the room affords a feeling of space to calmly unwind. When not in use, a roll-top bath positioned centrally makes for an eye-catching focal point. To create a sleek visual, and allow more room for the bather, note the central tap placement. This is a decision that should be considered at the design stage so that the necessary water pipes and mixers fed from under the floor can be installed and concealed, or specially designed pipework used. In a larger bathroom, free-standing pieces, such as the vanity seen here, often work well as they have more of a presence, occupy the space and feel more informal than sleeker fitted furniture.
Mirrored cabinets are often seen in bathrooms, but this glamorous chest of drawers would more usually be seen in a bedroom. By placing the chest in this bathroom, it will instil an air of luxury, accentuated by the glass apothecary jars, trinkets and candles on display, which set a romantic mood, and provide practical storage. To soften the hard surfaces of the chest and bath, whilst bringing the whole room together, a large traditional rug has been added, giving an eclectic English sensibility and providing a colourful visual focus as well as a tactile warmth under foot.
This free-standing bath has a soothing, sculptural shape, appearing to have simply been placed on the floor. We particularly like the pairing of this sleek bath with white shutters, which work together to underline a relaxed mood. The sculptural aesthetic is a stylish statement for an en-suite or small bathroom where there is little else in the room, whilst wall-mounted taps keep the mood unfussy. To prevent the bathroom becoming overtly modern in style, a smart stripe wallpaper and decorative picture combine to create a classic backdrop.
Tabletop basins have graduated from a contemporary bathroom trend to become a modern classic. This design has the appearance of a bowl nonchalantly placed on a tabletop, echoing the Victorian washstand. The practical function is less apparent with the taps situated separately from the basin. The elegant form is reminiscent of a spa and the tabletop space around the bowl creates usable space for toiletries and decorative items. The simple design would also look chic used in pairs for his-and-hers basins.
Originating as early as the seventeenth century, the traditional linen-press was designed for storing textile items. Modern examples have the advantage of being available in a range of colours and finishes to fit in with a wide variety of contemporary colour schemes. Although rather large, fitted in an alcove, the cabinet is a less dominant feature and provides significant storage for a family bathroom. This particular linen-press can be made with various distressed finishes to imply a sense of history. Humidity control in the room would be key.
Unlike many conventional showers, a free-standing shower does not need to be positioned adjacent to a wall, and can be easily positioned anywhere in the bathroom – or indeed the bedroom (providing the pipes have been plumbed in nearby). With a glistening metallic exterior, this free-standing shower has an impressive sense of grandeur and it would look very fetching positioned in the middle of the room with pipework feeding water from below the floor, as with a classic roll-top bath. The cast-iron shower tray comes in various finishes and colours and can be polished and lacquered. The exterior is available finished in brass, nickel or chrome.